Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"At this session the student told me she had finished the Hunger Games, which meant she had read almost 100 pages since last week! We spent the session talking through what had taken place, and it was clear that she had comprehended nearly everything in these pages. We discussed our favorite parts and the scariest parts, and stopped to discuss some specific words: She was able to figure out that "mutation" - a neologism by the author - is based on the words "mutt" and "mutation." We discussed why Katniss and Peeta chose to eat the poisonous berries rather than one killing the other: was it because she didn't want Peeta to die, or was it an act of defiance? She also - very maturely, in my opinion! - said she believes Katniss really does love Peeta (because she goes to such lengths to save him), but she doesn't know it. She was excited to read Book 2 and find out what happened to Katniss' family, so we agreed that she can read this next and we will save the other book she had previously chosen for after we read Book 2 of The Hunger Games."
"We read part of the Cleopatra book focusing on inferring meaning from clues and remembering story order."
"In this session, we focused on reading and math. In reading, the student read three chapters in the book "Owl at Home." Prior to reading, she used the pictures to predict what would happen. During and after reading, I asked her comprehension questions about the main character and events, which she answered well. She did very well reading. In math, we began by practicing her addition flashcards. Next, we reviewed what she has been learning in class about closed and open shapes and their vertices. We ended with a lesson on money, in which we discussed how a penny equals 1 cent and a nickel equals 5 cents. She used pictures to identify how much change was shown (using pennies, nickels or a mix of the two), and to identify from two pictures which one showed more money. She did well with this activity once she knew how many cents each coin was worth."
"The student worked from the reading book and reviewed the sounds of all the letters and words that are associated with them. He worked on reading general sentences about name, address, phone number, and zip codes. We also worked on the flashcards."
"We worked on our Great NFL QB reading project. The student read out loud about Johnny Unitas and then took notes about Jim Kelly to write a final draft/typed recap of his career. He did a good job during our note taking exercise."
"The student read her sight words to me. She did great! She read her book to me and read with fluency. We worked on her spelling words for the week. First, she wrote her spelling words on my back. Then, I gave her a spelling test. She got almost all of them right. She missed the challenge words. I gave her some subtraction problems and she forgot about how I modeled it for her. I'm going to print out some tens and ones strips to help her understand it with every session."