Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Sight Words: The student knew 7 out of 8 sight words. She received 8 new words. They are challenging so we practiced using them in a sentence completion activity. Long Vowel /u/: We continued our study of long vowels and how the silent e makes a vowel say it's name. We looked at, discussed, and listed vowels versus consonants. She practiced making words that had the long /u/ sound but had a little trouble pronouncing them. Comprehension/Fluency/Accuracy Passage: She read her comprehension passage, Peanut Barks, three times for fluency and accuracy. She went from 1 error on the first reading to 0 errors on the two subsequent readings! Well done!"
"In today's session, I noticed great improvement in the student's reading. Today was the first time that she and I finished an entire book; while reading, she also showed improved confidence in sounding words out and figuring out where to correct herself if she pronounced a word incorrectly. I would like for her to continue correcting herself rather than being told what a difficult word is; as she practices more, she will continue improving her skills. I asked her mother to please dedicate at least 15 minutes to reading with the student every day. These reading sessions do not need to be formal, as long as she is practicing for that amount of time (she can read to her parents as they are doing something else, such as cooking dinner or doing laundry). In next week's sessions, I will bring sight words for her that include the letter combinations that she tends to have trouble with (re, er, ar). I would also like to see her continue to improve her speed in reading; I do not want her to rush through her books, but I want her to be confident with her reading abilities."
"I tested the student's ability to reason through single digit addition problems with regrouping. We used a piece of paper with a ones and a tens column and tally marks to represent the addends. We practiced exchanging ten ones for one ten. She understood this concept very well. Then, we switched over to reading at which she was able to read on a level C on reading A-Z. She readily sounded out words, but was unable to recognize the sounds which diphthongs made. I hope to introduce phoneme cards into our next session. She worked very diligently throughout, earning 4 checks for the session."
"I had the student practice reading fluency. I drilled him on words from last week (read only). I administered the Names Phonics assessment Level 1 Form B. He read "The History of Chocolate," and we took turns telling the main idea of each paragraph. He completed the comprehension questions, scoring 4/4. We practiced multiplication finger strategy for facts with numbers 6-10."
"We talked about the relationship between time and narrative, and different approaches to how time is represented in stories. We thought about the different scales of time in the Odyssey, which the student just read in his English class. We each wrote our own narratives, practicing using different approaches to time."
"The student and I met to go over the homework I had assigned the previous work, which included exercises on the use of apostrophes and rules of capitalization. I also asked her to send me a short essay before our next session, as homework for the upcoming week."