Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I read four children's books and also continued with elementary math. Her concentration was much better this time around and she improved on her reading. She needed help with sounding out some words but got the hang of it once I practiced with her. She seems to be more interested in math than reading and got all of the addition and subtraction problems we did correct. Next time we will continue with elementary math and reading."
"Today we continued working on letter and sound recognition. The student got the letters she struggles with right the first time today (G, U, Q, J)! We went through her weekly sight words that she gets from her teacher. She had a hard time focusing with these so we stopped and talked about sounding words out. We went through her sight words 4 times (practiced sounding out the difficult ones) and also practiced using them in sentences. I introduced the concept of sound blends today and we talked about the sound blend "oo." We made a list of all the words that we could think of with "oo" in the middle and talked about how most of them rhyme. Next, I said a word and had her draw me the letter that word started with. Last, we read "The Sneaky Weasel," which the student loved. After the story, I had her tell me all about each of the characters in the book and draw me a picture of them."
"The student and I read from one of his comic books. I like reading comic books with him because they are visually engaging, yet have challenging vocabulary written for a student at his grade level. He is very engaging with the material, I am very impressed with his comprehension. We take short breaks after every few pages so he can explain what is happening and what will happen. He enjoys this and it's good to keep him focused. He was considerably better with his understanding of the words than he was last week. Also, this time, when he paused with a word, I had a pen and paper to write the word out for him in larger letters so I could hide parts of the word and help him sound it out. It was a good session."