Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session we worked on sight words. The student is doing very nicely reading the sight words. I noticed during our last session that she is having some difficulty with the short "e" sound, so we worked on reading CVC words with a short e. We will continue with it tomorrow. I introduced new sequencing pictures for her to work on. If we discuss the pictures first, she is able to do better at sequencing. We also did some sorting by size. She matched pictures to words and I have seen improvement in this area. She loves to read so she read the book from our last session and then a new one. Starting tomorrow, we will begin using sight words to write simple sentences and begin making books."
"Today the student and I reviewed his reading comprehension assessment. We practiced vocabulary words and techniques for identifying keywords and relevant parts of passages to reread based on comprehension questions. We also discussed strategies for test taking, especially when vocabulary and reading passages are challenging. We also discussed some goals for our future sessions. I am proud of his hard work!"
"During this session, the student was able to complete the rest of his spring break homework, working on basic math concepts for 1st grade, in addition to doing writing practice and reading comprehension. His attention span is becoming much easier to handle as he seems to become more aware of boundaries between play time and study time. He is beginning to make more comments regarding the homework and based off the homework rather than comments outside of the homework. This indicates a growing focus on the task at hand which bodes well for him in and out of class. Continued monitoring and redirection of the student will be needed for future sessions, but he seems to be developing an increasing autonomy regarding the completion of his homework."
"I had asked the student to read a biography. He selected one on Michael Jordan, and he discovered the biography is a new genre of writing he wants to read more of! He had also written a prompt about his vacation, and he is making good progress with organization and details. At each session, I review phonics and we read out loud."
"We re-examined and discussed the book the student is currently reading in class, To Kill a Mockingbird. He has read four chapters, summarizing and analyzing certain topics and themes such as parenting. He also completed the three analysis questions for his assignment, comparing and contrasting different styles of parenting that the main character experiences. He did a great job elaborating ideas and prefacing the thesis in his free writing assignment. I am impressed with his ability to frame his thoughts on paper and present ideas in an interesting way."
"Today, we focused on reading. In addition to reading sight words, we started focusing on putting words together into sentences and reading sentences. She did well with this, and she was excited to start sounding out words and writing them down herself."