Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I watched the movie version of "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry." I had him do some grammar worksheets he had recently done in class as a review. We also reviewed a worksheet about the elements of a historical fiction story and the importance of setting for authenticity as an exercise on the white board. We will be back Saturday to continue helping him become familiar with the setting and characters of the novel."
"The student and I connected more than anything else on our first session. I let him pick his own book for us to read. We took turns reading a page. He has impressive comprehension and engages with the reading. He often repeats what's happening in his own words. He does like to read the beginning of a difficult word and guess the rest of it. He also mixes up his "d" and "b" or "p" and "g" or "q." I have some ideas for practices we could do that I am eager to try, such as the use of flashcards to break down a word."
"Today I reveled to the student what book we will be starting next. I chose "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." This book will be challenging for the student to read and will push her to really work at understanding the context that is given. One of the many reasons why I chose this book is because the student really wants to read it and I think after she accomplishes such a hard book like this, it will boost her self-esteem and confidence. To prepare for reading the book we went over important vocabulary and phrases that appear in the first chapter. I want to focus on vocabulary with this book so that she can develop greater knowledge and be able to apply the vocab words in different contexts. Having a broader vocabulary will help the student be able to read more in depth of what the novel actually means. I assigned the student to get the book, read chapter 1, write a 1 paragraph summary, and to complete the fill in the blank vocab worksheet that I left her with."