Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started out this session using dominoes and working on subtraction. We completed a few problems together using the counting up method, and then I placed dominoes around our working space for him to 'find' and he completed the problems independently. I was very impressed with his subtracting skills using any number between 1-9. We then practiced writing our school words and sentences. We picked a new sentence that the student would write independently for his test on Friday. Together we tried to come up with a little saying that would help him remember to put the correct punctuation mark on the end of the sentence. This is a skill that he needs to work on and was requested by his father. By the next section I would like to come up with a creative way for the student to remember the difference between a lower case b and d. From writing, we did the sight word matching game. I used a recent assessment given to me by the student's parents that had the sight words that he had missed with assessed by his teacher. From those words, I wrote note cards for the matching game for the words the student wasn't able to identify. Throughout the game, the student got a LOT better at recognizing some of the words. He asked if he could take the game home to play with his parents."
"We read the two passages and completed the accompanying multiple choice questions. Talking through the questions took some time, so we weren't able to finish all of them. The boys tended to distract each other, but got better at parts."
"There were 4 short answer questions to be answered using the RACE method. There were 2 questions such as "what was the main idea of the story" per each story (a total of 2). Student 1 was able to get through the entire assignment. He answered the first 2 questions masterfully. Student 2 struggles with his writing but was able to answer the first two questions with my help. The boys were motivated by wearing a lei for "beach day" and by the opportunity to use mechanical pencils that I brought in that day."
"The student and I read The Ragged Bear and What If... We studied sight words, played sight word games, and captured 16 new sight words from sight word list 4. We also practiced -ar words such as car, far, spar, star, sharp, and garden."
"The student and I read three different books. Two of them are chapter books that he has going at the same time. It is amazing how he remembers the details about all the stories he reads. We discussed setting and making predictions again."
"The student and I read together. I had her slow down and attempt to phonetically read some of the words that she was not translating correctly. I made a list of vocab words, and we went over them after she read. We re-wrote them phonetically for her and defined them. Her comprehension and retention of information were excellent, especially for the speed at which she had to read. Vocabulary was the main issue: decoding and applying new meanings. I will make a list of words that have similar phonemes to the words we encountered today to work with next session."