Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today went very smoothly. Each week during our Sunday tutoring sessions we read two chapters, try to finish writing all the responses to the comprehension questions, and I break out the remaining chapters over the nights before our next tutoring session. He is doing a good job of doing his reading between our sessions making it painless for me to check his written responses. Today's questions were pretty straight-forward allowing us to focus on his breathing while reading aloud technique. This is a very good story and we're both enjoying reading it. He is increasingly taking ownership and leadership for his reading. I am thrilled at his level of engagement with the story too - today he made several text-to-world connections so his comprehension level is high. He expresses complex opinions to the subject matter which makes answering the comprehension questions easier for him."
"The student read from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." His ability to sound out words and identify unfamiliar words was much improved. He guessed less often and used his letter rules to figure out the words."
"We began the session by introducing/reviewing the use of adverbs. Although she was familiar with their use (primarily with describing verbs), she was less confident in identifying them. Therefore, we worked on several exercises designed to pick out adverbs in sentences and identify their uses (ex. answering how, when, or where). When Student 2 arrived, we played a game in which they wrote out actions and adverbs and performed the chosen words for the other. The non-actor then had to guess the adverbs. After this grammar lesson, we discussed the end of the class novel, including topics such as characterization and plot development. When Student 2 pointed out the similarities to the a different book, we also discussed allegory and pointed out some of the similarities and differences. Finally, we watched bits of a movie and discussed changes, primarily in the characterization of the two main characters. Next week, they will begin a writing project based on the novel and movie."
"I helped the student with reading comprehension, math, and spelling practice. For Reading Comprehension, she read a few passages in her Reading Skills book and answered comprehension questions. She did very well, but her reading fluency is still choppy. I helped her in sounding out more difficult words. For Math, she continued working on Subtracting with Regrouping. She was able to work independently. In addition, I helped her practice her spelling words by having her spell the words orally."
"I started working with the first student. She read a second grade passage with some assistance and answered comprehension questions. She then told me she was working on part-part-whole in math and wanted to practice. She showed me what she learned, and then I was able to help explain it a little more. We worked on word problems with part-part-whole for the rest of her time. She did well using her number line and part-part-whole tools and needed few reminders to use them. With the second student, I started with a second grade reading passage, which she could read with some assistance. I asked her if she was also working on part-part-whole. She didn't know what it was and tried to explain a UPS truck method to me. She wasn't able to explain it fully and I have not heard of it. I showed her the part-part-whole tools so she could answer word problems. She did well, but needed many reminders to use her tools to help her. We will continue to work on this next session."
"I used this day to review all of the sounds (vowels/consonants/diphthongs) which we have been doing. I wanted to show the student's mother how she was learning how to read. I dictated words and it was the student's role to write down the word or words (i.e. long e can either be meat or meet). I have also started lightly -- very lightly -- working with the student on homophones (chew vs. choo-choo) and homographs (bow vs. bow)."