Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student 1 and I spent our time today on mostly reading and writing. We started a little differently than usual by completing her math assignment first, a double-sided page differentiating between dollars and cents when making price totals from whole dollars, dimes, and pennies, rather than reading a book. Initially, she had a little trouble recalling how many cents comprised one dollar. But, after we talked about how 100 pennies and 10 dimes make up one dollar, we were able to get back on track with her usual comfort with addition and subtraction. Once finished with her math, we read a whole book together with no interruption; she was very excited to keep reading. To help build greater familiarity with her vocabulary words for the week, she wrote out her words (queen, quit, quiz, wheat, which, awhile, question, quiet, where, quilt, exchange, polite, and plead) six times each. She was less inclined to spell her words out loud when I asked them of her, but she read another book after finishing her writing to entertain herself. She's doing very well with her math and her sight reading is getting stronger every time we meet. So, to perhaps boost her familiarity with her spelling words and to help her retain her understanding of dollars and cents, I'll be providing two short quiz-like assignments on Thursday. This will help me gauge where we need to focus our attention together for the day along with her homework. Student 2 and I started our session with reading. Again, she picked out a book she found interesting ("Holiday Helper," a 30 page book from the same easy-reader series as the book she chose Monday) and she read it aloud to me with a few moments of pause for help deciphering individual words. Her pace is gaining speed, and she's beginning to recognize/read unchallenged words she had trouble reading previously. After reading, the student and I moved on to a supplementary packet I wrote covering fractions and decimals to help her gain better confidence with the concepts. Then we shifted gears and moved on to her homework. She completed two pages of her homework. In our next session, I will be presenting her with a worksheet for practicing long subtraction and reiteration of decimals and fractions with new approaches. I'll grade these as if they were quizzes to better gauge her comprehension and retention of these math topics."
"Today we started by working through the student's homelinks from the past few days. She seems to have a good handle on counting money and understanding its value. I noticed that she greatly improved on drawing the hands on the clock. We then moved on to her writing journal, where we chose three entries to correct and add detail to. I think with practice, she will come to enjoy writing as much as she loves reading! She is very creative. I just think that right now she can think and speak a lot faster than she can physically write! We then resumed reading Ramona Quimby and discussed words like fuming, relented, and vaguely. She did a good job using context clues to guess the meaning of each word. After we discussed the actual meaning she was able to provide examples of her comprehension immediately."
"Yesterday I worked with the student on reading comprehension. He allowed me to read with him and we answered the prep questions together. I prepped him on how to comprehend his reading and looking for the answer from the text instead of guessing. He and I worked really well yesterday. He was prepared with all materials. Great session!"