Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student started by reviewing the doubles facts. For example 1+1, 2+2, to 10+10. We also practiced singular and plural nouns by drawing pictures, writing the singular form and then figuring out the plural form. She also did a few direction following problems, where she had to follow three or more steps. Then, she did a reading activity with vocabulary problems. She also practiced telling time."
"The student and I read a new book about opposites which he read almost completely by himself. We worked on recognizing the final consonants in words and wrote a "book report." After we finished the writing, he wanted to read half the book again and did so completely independently. He's progressing quite nicely! The student and I will continue to work on building a safe environment where he can make mistakes on the path to learning, building his confidence with his reading and spelling, and guiding him through more words."
"The student and I started off working on distinguishing the different sounds in English by the shapes your mouth makes when you say them, and how they feel when you say them. Using pictures, he learned to identify by sight the mouth shapes associated with the "s" sound ("skinny air"), "f" sound ("tongue cooler"), the "a" sound ("open vowel") and the "g" sound ("tongue scraper"). We then combined these sounds to make the words "gas" and "sag." Once he correctly identified the different sounds in the different words, I showed him which letters went with which sounds, and had him reorganize the different letters to make different words--which he did all on his own! After about twenty minutes, we switched working on recognizing and identifying letters by pulling the letters he knew out of a pool of all 26 letters. We finished by playing with the three letter word card game he has which involves creating words by finding the three pictures which form a whole picture. Once he created the whole picture, he was able to figure out sounds to letters he didn't know right away. He stuck with the material really well, and worked really, really hard. I am so proud of how well he did!"