Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The first student: *Practiced identifying shapes and their number of sides and improved throughout the session *Practiced telling time and though he initially struggled with determining time on the half hour, he improved throughout the session *Practiced counting coins and identifying amounts of money *Practiced spelling words The first student's homework is to practice his spelling words. The second student: *Practiced spelling words and practiced writing and saying words he misspelled *Practiced sounding out and identifying words *Created sentences with word tiles *Spelled words with word tiles"
"He is an energetic student who is eager to show the skills in which he feels confident. We spent out first session together playing a quick getting to know you game so he could feel comfortable learning with me. We read a few books together: one read by me, one read together, and one read by him with a bit of help. He did really well listening to the story and answering comprehension questions. He struggled a bit with reading his book because of a vocab gap (he was trying to use the pictures to figure out the words, but he didn't know the names for the pictures). When he read the story, he was able to answer about half of the comprehension questions, which leads me to believe that his brain is so focused on decoding that he is unable to fully understand what he is reading. We completed a phonics and phonemic awareness assessment together. He knows all the letter names except for q. He was able to provide a handful of letter sounds and was unable to put words together when I sounded out the sounds separately. I believe the first thing to work on with him will be his letter sounds, using part of the reading program. After he has those mastered, we can work on building phonemic awareness with those sounds and tapping out simple, one syllable words. He should focus on reading books with heavy repetition, using the pictures to help him solve tricky or new words, and picking books that are phonics based so he can practice using his letter sounds. I am very excited to continue working with him on building his reading skills. He is eager to learn and loves earning stickers on his chart."
"We went through an essay he wrote based on a prompt I gave him last week. He had a very nice beginning, and just needed to work on signifying his word choices and sentence structure. I will have a worksheet for him next week to work on. For next week, he will write five paragraphs on a planet, including an introduction paragraph with a clear topic sentence, three body paragraphs giving the details of the planet, and a concluding paragraph summarizing what he wrote."