Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight was our first meeting. We covered flashcards and basic concept cards sent home by the teacher. We read through a book brought home from class twice and then completed one Raz-Kids book and quiz. The student struggles mostly with reading too quickly and skipping words/ changing/ not pronouncing them correctly. She knows the words but need to focus on each one more and slow down a bit to build good learning/reading habits. I left her with the assignment to read one chapter book each week (night time reading) and we will go through the book together the following Monday night. I am also going to get in touch with her teacher to discuss specific things she sees the student needs to work on."
"The student finished his short handwriting homework assignment. We discussed our reading topic of "Great Quarterbacks in NFL History" and read out loud 2 more biographies on Brett Favre and Joe Montana. We talked about a writing/journal reflection that we will do on the QB's he learns about."
"The student is getting much stronger with his reading and writing. We still need to consistently work on sounds and identifying letters. However, he's willing to be pushed and is accepting challenges that are thrown at him. He's always a delight to work with."
"I brought some blend books to read with the student and she did a good job sounding out the new words she was unfamiliar with. I also brought some fun Thanksgiving books to keep her interested in reading. She was excited and anxious to read to me today. I noticed during this session that she was not fearful of new words, she simply tried her best to sound out the new words. This is a milestone as before she would look to me to sound out the word for her and then try to sound it out herself. I am very impressed with her growth in this area. We will continue to work on the blends until she is comfortable with them. I requested that she continue to read to her parents 20-30 minutes a day."
"The focus for this session was reading. The student read various fiction texts, focusing on comprehension, decoding and expression. She did fairly well with comprehension, when allowed the use of the text. She had little trouble with decoding and expressing herself while reading, but that was in part due to her taking on a higher leveled text than what she is normally used to. We will continue to work on these concepts during our next session. I left some reading materials for her to work on until then."
"In this session, I worked with the student on recognizing cause and effect, which I identified as an area of need in a previous session. I used a 5th grade lesson plan and reading passage to define cause and effect, help her identify signal words, and practice reading aloud. We read Cinderella from her book of fairy tales afterward, continuing to point out examples of cause and effect. Her reading fluency showed improvement over the last session. We had a great discussion about our purpose for tutoring (practicing reading) and how everyone who does great things has to practice their skills to get and stay good at them. She was much more willing to sound out words and read large paragraphs after this talk. I believe it reduced some performance anxiety for her."