Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Worked with the student on inferring meaning from clues in the story. She is improving in this and rarely needs prompting."
"The student did his vocabulary homework first. He was learning words related to animals such as soar, graze, swoop, and slither. He did okay with his new words, but still needs more practice. Then, I had him read a chapter orally in the level I book on phonics. He did well with his speed, but needs more work on voice inflection. I had him stop after 3-4 paragraphs and asked him questions about the story and make predictions about what would happen next. Once finished with chapter 2 in the story, I had him go back to level 2 to play the game where he has to match front end blends to endings. He is improving because he is faster at matching the word beginnings and endings and not guessing. He read the story about pumpkins on level 2. His speed has improved. I provided an example of monotone reading, and using inflection to make the reading more interesting. He read the pumpkin story again with more voice inflection. He also completed Day 3 of his Making Connections worksheets I printed for him. He read it silently first, and then read it orally. While reading it orally, I had him stop at the end of each paragraph and make connections to himself and what he knew. At the end, we played a quick game of flashcard multiplication war. He was much quicker in providing the correct products (answers)."
"We began by doing some of the student's homework (matching words to definitions, using analogies to develop vocabulary, etc.) He was able to complete much of the work without any clues from me. We then read one of the usual Elephant and Piggy books, which was no problem for the student, and then we began to read a Spiderman graphic novel. The graphic novel was good in some respects in that he was interested and there were many difficult words for the student that required him to really practice sounding words out. He did try to just guess at unfamiliar words without sounding them out, but after I really made him slow down and look at the word he would surprise me with his ability to sound it out. Overall, things were good and I feel like he got some really good practice sounding out harder words."