Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started with the spelling workbook review lesson 11. The student had done about 2/3 of it. He finished it in this session; he did very well and had everything in the exercise correct without any help. Then, we did a Hidden Picture exercise on Yellowstone National Park. It had a reading component and he also did quite well with that. He really enjoyed the search/ find part, and it gave him something active and engaging to focus on. To end the session, we returned to the A-Z Treasure Hunt book and read two chapters. He paced his reading nicely--I only had to remind him to slow down and stop at periods once. Too, he was better at analyzing unfamiliar words. I have decided we'll only do spelling on alternate weeks, because his class has 20 spelling words on alternate weeks, when he doesn't have spelling for class. Asking him to learn another 15 different words or review previously taught ones on a weekly basis is counter productive. On the most recent class spelling test, he only missed one word, but preparing required significant effort on his part. Next session, I'll discuss with his mother whether I should start giving him homework again."
"We spent time reviewing and practicing spelling words. I introduced the wh sound to our phonics instruction and practice. The student practiced reading, while focusing on fluency techniques."
"The student's Math homework consisted of word problems featuring subtraction facts for the number 5. He used manipulable counters to determine the answers, which he did correctly on the first effort for each problem. I suggested further practice on his own in preparation for Friday's test. His reading homework this time consisted of two passages with comprehension questions."
"The student and I read from her Harry Potter book and her Sister book. I have noticed she now reads faster. She is also much better at breaking down long/new words. Sometimes, she still adds extra words or skips words, which we are working on. Overall, there has been improvement."
"The student and I read two passages--one shorter and easier, and one longer and harder. He was motivated again by earning extra "treasure box" points if he got all of the answers correctly the first time, and he did a little better with trying and taking his time. We worked on a graphic organizer to find the main idea and details of a nonfiction passage, and this helped him a lot to see the ideas that were presented in the text. In the future, I can see how using graphic organizers may help him organize his thoughts to better understand what he reads."
"The student and I returned to reading a fictional book called "Caught" for today. Because the book is at a lower reading level than what we've been reading, his fluency was much better. We will continue to work on the pronunciation of words and chunking. I reminded him to read nightly, to keep up with fluency and reading skill practices."