Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued working on sounding out words, blends, and digraphs within words, and phonological awareness. We began the lesson reading The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. This story had a lot of repetition to help with fluency. The student was able to comprehend throughout the story and predict what might happen next. We then played a game on the iPad. In this game, she had to work on spelling out different words using only letters that were given to her. This game worked on beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words. It also worked on using word families. We finished the lesson reading aloud Silly Tilly. This story had a lot of rhyming words as well as more complex vocabulary. She was challenged to sound out more complex words. She was engaged and excited during the session. She will continue to work with the Alphabetic Code printout that was sent home with her."
"The student read two books: "Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly" and "The Flea's Sneeze." The first book was easy, but the second was a bit harder, with long words like "feathered," and unfamiliar words like "fowl," as well as several made-up words spoken by a flea who had trouble speaking clearly due to a sinus infection. But she soldiered through most of it, without complaint. We also continued reading about Lafcadio, the lion who learned how to shoot a rifle. While I read, she indicated that she clearly understood the narrative by laughing and groaning at Lafcadio's misadventures. She reads very well--but most importantly, she enjoys reading!"
"We began finishing and rewriting the essay the student was working on for homework. We then did Reading exercises, which she did well on and has made vast improvement in. I showed her some multiple choice strategies to cut down time."
"We worked on the student's writer workshop outline discussing pros and cons of popular topics in current events. We also worked on organization and planning on future assignments."
"We continued working on the alphabet today. We focused on the letters H-P, both speaking and in writing. I had the student repeat the letters after me and then identify them on her own. I gave example of words that began with each of the letters to help expand her vocabulary and identify the letters. We then practiced writing H and I. She is getting better at writing and understanding the idea of tracing."
"Session Focus: Reading Fluency, Decoding, and Comprehension We worked on reading fluency practice with the repeated reading strategy of a grade level passage. The student practiced decoding with bossy r. The bossy r sounds, /er/ and /ir/ were reviewed through a crossword and a word reading task. Our study of the bossy r sound, /or/, continued through a alphabetization activity. Our session closed with the completion of a character traits reading comprehension task, started in our last session, and an introduction to referencing the text."