Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was back in school this week, and was much more focused. She has improved to a reading level 10, and easily completed her level 10 book. She did not like the length of the book, but she had a strong grasp of the material."
"The student was a man on fire today! He has really turned a corner. He started reading on his own over the weekend--two chapters of "Captain Underpants." He couldn't wait to read more with me, and we could have read the full two hours. He also became self-directed in his learning. He volunteered that, now that we are in the seventh month of first grade, he will need to write seven sentences in his daily journal. In October, he could barely write one sentence. As we did a reading skills exercise on sequencing, he requested that we write the word "sequence" in tomorrow's word journal so that he can use it in his daily journal tomorrow. We finished the Singapore math unit on weight. He will take the "chapter test" tomorrow. We also did two timed minutes (one addition, one subtraction). He requested to be timed, to see how fast he was. We used this as the basis for learning graphing. I made a chart that will show how his times change as we move through the month of March. It was just delightful to see him turn the corner and catch onto the inherent value of learning!"
"The first student and I worked today on her reading and spelling. To start the day, we read a book. This book was one of seven I selected prior to our session starting, and it was rated at a first grade reading level. Not only did the student find little challenge with this book, she read it entirely, completing a 32-page book for the first time during our sessions. After finishing with her book, I gave her a worksheet a composed to fill in missing letters to her spelling words for the week. We had to talk through the words together before she completed the sheet. To help her feel more confident with the words, I suggested she write her words two times each again. To close the day, the student read one more book, and she found it to be a fun, exciting adventure. This Thursday, the second student and I reviewed mainly on her homework (reading-related) and supplementary math assignments. We spent our time revisiting fractions and decimals in a three-page packet of 30 questions I composed. The second student seemed to show some better understanding of why fractions with larger denominators were actually smaller parts of a greater whole."