Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was ready with not only requested supplies, but materials she'd obtained from past experiences of exposure to Spanish. We'll likely be using one of the books w/the children which focuses on initial syllables for reading prep. She also had some GORGEOUS vocabulary cards which include the feminine and masculine articles to accompany the words. I left a worksheet on articles: el, los, la, las, un(a)s, unos. She picked up on it right away and I look forward to checking her completed work next week. I also reviewed the letters of the alphabet pointing out the importance of the vowels. I gave her a copy of both the consonant page and my page of "Sonidos Iniciales" which starts off w/a focus on the vowels. I made sure that she had important info for ordering the right materials from McDougal Littell. I also gave her the website that has my preferred choice for learning the alphabet with a focus on vowels and a few initial sounds: ma-mu, la-lu, and pa-pu. I had her repeat after me the vocabulary word which was followed by the sound of the letter. That was a GREAT activity as it allowed them to hear some of the letter names, vowels, and initial sounds to make them. She was curious about the entire song. We explored a little bit of her syllable book where she toyed with reading syllables and small words like, mama, me amo, etc. We wrapped up by having her learn basic colors using laminated long/large "flash cards". I was pleasantly surprised that she already new a few colors and that she's got a pretty good handle on pronunciation! She was an excellent participant throughout!"
"During our last session, the student and I did a lot of conversing to practice vocabulary of items in the home, timing, and emotions. We also practiced using ser/estar and gustar in conversation. We learned new food and restaurant vocabulary. We then role-played being the client ordering food in a restaurant and being the waiter taking the order, in order to prepare for next week's session at a Mexican restaurant. We reviewed the verbs pedir and cocinar in past, present, and future tense."
"Today we continued covering Latin American culture. We learned different modisms in countries like Argentina, and about very influential people for the Latin American culture. We practiced conversational Spanish and built up more vocabulary."