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The student still doesn't enjoy doing the problems but we went over a bunch of limiting reaction problems and as long as she takes her time on the test and makes sure she doesn't mix up the numbers. I think that she will do better on this exam than the last, as she understands how to do the problems much better!
The student is progressing in Math and seems to be getting more confident, which is very important. However, I would like her to revisit the fundamentals as she some times forgets the basics.
The two students have finished the math section in their own practice book and each skipped some questions. The one needs more help in the math section than the other, but the other struggles more with the reading comprehension. We focused on correcting and going over the incorrect or skipped math questions in the first half to today's session. The second half we focused on synonyms. They both need some review of vocabulary words and I will send them a list of vocabulary that they should know. Their homework is to look up the words that they didn't know on the synonyms page and to do the verbal section in practice test 1. I also gave them some analogy practice and an "analogy tips" page. We will go over reading comprehension at our next meeting.
During this session, the student and I focused on her homework assignment. The assignment was focusing on special parallelograms. Some of these special parallelograms included rhombi, squares, and rectangles. All of the questions we covered were based on finding the distance between two points when given other distances and angles, finding the perimeter, or finding the area. She understands the material that was taught in class but occasionally just needs to look at the given information in a different way, or add any other information that can be gleaned, in order to see the steps needed to solve the problem.
We covered how to say what are you wearing and some basic clothing vocabulary. We had conversations between stuffed animals about what their names are, how they are doing, what they are wearing, and what color their clothes are. We also started learning to sing the French alphabet.
The student did some practice sections of writing skills and mathematics in preparation for her PSAT test. She is doing very well in the mathematics sections- she understands almost all of the concepts tested and knows how to approach most of the questions.
The student and I continued to work on her handwriting. I gave her writing prompts and she wrote a few sentences on the subject. Afterwards, I checked her handwriting for any errors. There was a little trouble with her transitions from the letter "w," so we focused more on that for the rest of the session. By the end, her letters looked much better.
This week the student and I covered magnetism, AC circuits and transformers. We worked through book problems to make sure he understood the concepts and equations and how to properly use the equations to answer the problems. For the most part, he seemed to understand how to use the proper equations to find magnetic force or magnetic field strength. We reviewed the right-hand rule quite a bit. After reviewing the AC current materials, he seemed to have a better grasp of what the equations mean and how to use them. Transformers seemed to be a fairly straightforward subject for him. We extensively reviewed the conservation of power in transformers to make sure he understood how voltage and current are inversely related in transformers.
We went over the nervous system. He had a quiz last Friday. It covered the nervous system. Today we spent time on the nervous system and the endocrine system. He has a test on the endocrine system this Friday, I made a study guide for him to use to prepare.
We started with naming letter sound and sounding out target words. The student then moved on to reading a short story. After reading the story to mastery we switched to using the magnet board. We took turns building words, playing with initial, medial and final phoneme substitution. To end the session the student completed a page from Explode the Code focusing on the -at family.
In this session we covered basic neuron anatomy and physiology. We reviewed the component parts of the neuron, its connections, depolarization, and synaptic function. We will meet again on Monday prior to the student's next exam for a pretest review. She provided me with her old tests. We will review the questions and answers next session. I have given her specific instructions on how to study for her next exam. I also provided her with additional practice questions. I have no major concerns from this session.
Today I met with the students and the ee and ea blends were our primary focus. We also reviewed the bossy r blends too. They used books to find words that had these blends and did a great job of identifying. It is my hope that the more words they find the more they will use in their writing. For writing today we focused on storytelling and captioning pictures. I brought cut outs of magazine images and they both had to create stories around them. They did a great job at coming up with humorous and creative stories for the pictures. For next session in writing, I will work with student #1 on adding punctuation to her writing so that it makes sense and continue to work with student #2 on actually trying to write the ideas that he has down.
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