Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I talked about how he feels when reading out loud versus to himself. He does get nervous reading out loud as lots of people do. I left him a small storybook of "Jack and the Beanstalk" and asked him to practice reading it out loud using different voices for each character and to make it sound more like he is talking than reading. I think this exercise may help to get his mind off of worrying about "reading" all the words right and more on what the story is about, and that he can just have fun with it. I brought several reading comprehension passages ranging from the 3rd grade level to the 5th grade level, with questions and answers to gauge his comprehension. We started with the 5th grade level passage called "A Hero With Heart," about a girl who was born in Peru, but was adopted by an American family. Then he read the 4th grade passage, called "A Family Reunion" about orcas. I recommended to him and his mom that he start a "Dictionary List" to expand his vocabulary. He did well with the 4th grade passage, and I think it was because he was familiar with most, if not all, of the vocabulary. We also discussed methods for narrowing down the multiple choice answers, as some are completely false, such as going back and reading the paragraph in question a second time, and asking himself if the choice makes sense or not. In addition to the small book, I also left him two more reading passages. He can choose the one he wants to do for extra practice, and he and I will review it during our next session on Thursday. Overall, he did well!"
"We spent our session reviewing vocabulary. We did an exercise using specific words like; what, where, were. I timed her reading again, and talked about the book that she finished! I gave her some resources and some exercises to continue to do for practice."
"The student and I read new books on "R" and "Q". He practiced writing some of the new "r" words he learned from the book. We also did work in the kindergarten reading workbook and writing workbook. He did really well with identifying which pictures' names begin with certain letters because he sounded it out. He practiced writing numbers from 1-10. He also practiced writing words that rhyme with "Knight" from the flash cards."