Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We read a novel that the student brought to the tutoring session. We also reviewed previous spelling words. the student was given a new set of spelling words. I did a reading fluency test on the student. We also read 2 short passages and worked on reading comprehension. The student was left with a list of spelling words and reading comprehension assignment."
"In this session, the student read a book that she had practiced with her parents. She set a new record for herself- she read the entire level 2 book in 20 minutes, which is a great improvement even from last week. I am very happy with the progress that she has made, and I feel that she will be on track for the second grade reading if she continues to practice as much as she has been."
"On Monday, the student and I started by reading an easier book to get her practicing. Then, we reviewed last week's flashcards of long vowel pairings (ai, i.e., ee, oa, igh) and the letters "b" and "d." She did very well with this review. We then read another book that had many words with long vowel pairs in it so she could practice the sounds. She did much better. We then made flashcards for additional long vowel pairings ("ough"), some tricky words ("me" versus "my"), prepositions ("of," "from," and "for"), and silent letter pairings ("kn", "mb")."
"The student was great today- very energetic and prepared. We started by reviewing what we did last week and me showing him new sight word flashcards that I laminated and gave to him for his practice. We reviewed the sight words and I reviewed compound words and contractions. I introduced homophones and the idea of diagraphs and what they look like in word; this will extend to next weeks session on common consonant diagraphs. We continued reading Just a Minute. We finished by reading the next portion of the book which dealt with cause and effect."
"The student received feedback from her second grade teacher today that her reading has improved a lot over the summer; I don't have specifics, but both she and I were excited by the positive feedback. Today we worked on word ladders to improve vocabulary and inferencing. Then we finished reading chapter 10 of Leprechauns in Late Winter, using the re-reading and focused question strategies."
"Last week I suggested keeping up on writing during the summer and she decided that a journal would be a good way. Today I found a book in her level to read about a girl who just got her first journal and her experience learning and using different journal ideas. Then I gave the student her own journal so she could make her first entry."
"Made some progress today in understanding tone and point of view. She still needs to work on identifying misreads in sentences. This is an essential skill for 3rd grade reading standards. Breaking the session up worked well."
"Students were engaging. Worked on a book report as requested by parent. The book was read in it's entirely and the packet was started on. Students were also given addition problems, which they aced, and were given a couple of math problems for homework."
"This session we really worked on the student's sight words as well as writing. She just started school so I wanted her discuss her first few days. I also taught her how she can use her sight words to help her spell and write. Her mother said she would purchase a picture dictionary for her and I feel this can do wonders because she would have this as a power tool for her writing. We attempted to start reading a chapter book but she is not quite ready for this step yet. So instead we read a Dr. Seuss Book and finished the book during the session. My goal is to help her become comfortable with using phonics and sounding out her words."
"I started the session off by going over a set of 5 rules with the student, and then talked about why the rules are important to the tutoring session. She did a great job following the rules and at the end of the session she was able to rate herself with how well she did. After that, I helped her complete her math homework about place value. Then, I had her read a book about night animals. We looked at the picture on each page and had a discussion about the picture before she read. After the book, I had her read a poem about the letter Y and the sound it makes like with the word "candy." I finished up the session with having her practice some subtraction problems on a white board."
"The student and I covered reading, reading comprehension, phonics, and spelling. She struggles mostly with phonics and spelling. I didn't leave her with any extra practice and have no concerns for the session."
"We picked up where we left off last. Today we covered short i, and short u. For homework I gave him a list of themed words that included short vowels and I asked him to create a sentence for each word and at the end, circle all the short vowels in each of the words."