Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the student's homework and worked on spelling some sight words. We focused on the short u sound by completing a word and picture sort. We went over addition and fact families during math."
"Today, the student and I continued reading her chapter book. We focused on three primary skills as we read. First, the student and I took on a new fluency skill. I have observed her pace increasing, so I decided to start working on expression with the student. We are practicing taking on the moods of characters and reading using the punctuation. For example, if the student sees an exclamation point, she knows to read in an excited voice. I did some modeling for the student as we read, and she also practiced. She was easily able to pick up this skill, and now needs to work on consistently reading with expression without being reminded. In addition, we worked on two comprehension skills. We have been working on character motivation or why the character does something. She is becoming stronger at looking at what a character is saying or doing to help her draw conclusions. The student informed me today she achieved a new reading level. Therefore, to continue to push her, I began teaching the student about character traits. She was successfully able to explain her character was smart and helpful with examples from the text. We will continue working on these skills using the student's new reading level. In 2 weeks, I will assess the student's reading with my own assessment, to see if she has grown."
"I began session with Sight Word Bingo to warm up. We then read a fluency passage and the student was able to read 33 words in one minute, up from 23 on Monday. We then read a book and completed comprehension questions. Then we played sight word fishing. Using a magnetic fishing pole the student had to fish for sight words. This was great practice while having fun. Then we read a couple books and the student read with minimal support. I will have him read a few more and then test again to move up level. I recommended that the student have his eyes checked by an eye doctor to ensure he does not struggle with his vision. This was just a recommendation, as first grade tends to be a time to check their vision."