Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today went well. He was more focused than usual, and came prepared with lots of sharpened pencils. I want to build his confidence, so we read a book about whales and he kept interrupting himself to talk more about whales and animals. I'm going to find more animal books for him to get him more excited about reading. After, we played hangman. I used words he struggled with from the book and just really wanted him to write (if only a word at a time) and get him engaged with the patterns of words, spelling, and language. I hope that ultimately he learned something about perseverance and gained some more confidence as well."
"-I had three students. -We covered short (written) answers related to reading comprehension passages. -The session went well."
"Today's session was very productive. We started off the session discussing the student's social studies assignment, where we had to discuss local orchards and farms. We also discussed how the food was grown and transported. The student told me about her trip to Apricot Lane, which is an apricot orchard and a farm. After the discussion, she drew a picture of three different apples. Her apples of choice were Fuji, Granny Smith, and Red Delicious. Next, we started the unit on time. She's starting to tell time. For now, it's on the hour (i.e., 3:00, 5:00). Tomorrow we will continue to telling half past a certain hour. I also had her practice her capital U's and capital H's."
"This morning the student read her sight words. We reviewed the ones she has a little difficulty reading. We then practiced choosing the correct vowels in cvc words. I have seen some improvement in this area. She read consonant blends. She then matched pictures to the correct words. In handwriting, she practiced the lower case j. She had some difficulty with it, so we will review it again in the future. She reread a level C book and then made a text-to-self connection. She then drew and labeled her picture. We are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday."
"The student and I began the session today with the sticker game that requires him to state the beginning letter and its sound before placing the sticker on the game board. He is doing very well sounding out the beginning sounds for the underwater sea creature stickers and the stickers for the farm scene. He then wrote three sentences, each containing two of his vocabulary words. The neatness of his handwriting has improved greatly since the first tutoring session, and I am likewise pleased with his letter accuracy."
"In today's session, the student and I worked on reading and writing skills. In reading, we read the last seven final chapters of the new book we started last session ("Black Lagoon"). We also addressed his recognition of smaller words in English, such as articles and prepositions. In writing, we worked on writing longer sentences with proper usage of the articles and prepositions. He was able to write seven of these sentences as dictated by me. He was once again very receptive to the tutoring."