Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began the tutoring session with a creative writing prompt that involved giving a detailed and logical responses. Afterwards, we completed two worksheets that involved drawing conclusions using key words and details. Then we switched to a reading comprehension passage about parenthesis where I provided many visuals for him to solidify his comprehension. Then we did a short true or false activity to end the session."
"The student read from a book about animals rescuing humans. He was very engaged in the stories. He also worked on defining and developing sentences using his vocabulary words."
"The student read aloud a 3rd grade appropriate passage called "Miss Michell's Comet" written by Sue Peterson. This reading selection is informative non-fiction about Maria Mitchell, an educated Quaker who was the first professional female astronomer in the USA. She reads fluently -- with good rate and accuracy. She has some difficulty with pronunciation, and showed improvement with practice. She learned to correctly pronounce "astronomy." She studied vocabulary words -- and knows "vocabulary" is knowing the meanings of words. She easily read aloud the words: "served, trace, realized, demanded, disagreed, refused, quote and truly" and understands the -ed endings mean the action already happened or "did it." Additionally, she explicitly studied the words "comet, solar, Quaker, atmosphere, galaxy and equality." She did not know the meanings of these words at first; she looked in the text to find meanings and wrote graphic notes, drew illustrations. We will consider Main Idea and Author's purpose for this passage as we go forward. Notes were coupled with drawings to support comprehension, and looking at pictures of comets on the Internet. She was enthusiastic and willing to work hard during our session. She was not correct when asked to make an inference based on the reading. She got 2.5 out of 3 questions correct in a multiple choice format, and practiced crossing out the 2 "worst" choices. She had excellent recall of the reading. When asked to verbalize a definition, she easily replied that "realized" means "noticed, with your brain." Reading instruction will combine guided practice, vocabulary, phonics and phonemic awareness, speaking and writing with concise creative activities."
"We worked on letter recognition, phonics, animals, and sight words (to, see, no, and). I gave the student a little test. He correctly identified 8 letters on his first try and got a few more on his second try. He is doing well with remembering the sounds of the letters. We played a game about where animals live and worked on identifying under the sea animals. He knew the basic animals like shark and fish, but he did not know crab, dolphin, and starfish. We then read 4 stories."
"We began with our workbook and read two stories. The student underlines in this workbook with a pencil as she reads. I defined the word "shed" because she did not know what it was. She read aloud another Amanda and Oliver chapter book and struggled with the words carried, garage, loaded and tomato. During silent reading she struggled with curled and stretched. On word ladder, she only misspelled the words lend and penny. We practiced long vowels and r-controlled vowels again. She had math homework that she asked to work on, so she completed some of her problems. With the problem 12-6, she said, "I don't have enough fingers" so we practiced putting 12 in our head and counting backwards 6 times. This worked well and she used the strategy again."
"We reviewed by printing the alphabet (capital letters) and counting to 30 using manipulatives (new crayons). We spent a good deal of time discussing the characters of "Star Wars" and drawing their color images."