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Lakewood, WA Reading tutoring
We sang the alphabet song as a group, then the girls produced early reading books with words that were 3-4 letters long. We practiced sounding out each letter one by one such as C-A-T then trying to combine them into words and picking out where the word is in the picture. We also practiced writing short familiar words, the girls' names, and slightly longer words. Next, we practiced tracing letters, especially the letters that the girls had difficulty picking out from the Bob books. Lastly, I read through a book with bigger words page-by-page and had the girls earn stickers each time they successfully pointed at the word I asked them to find on the page. Student E was very patient and affectionate. She followed directions well. Since it is my first session with the girls, I worked more on building rapport than on being overly directive.
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Lakewood, WA Reading tutoring
We studied Benjamin Franklin, read about the geography of the Middle Atlantic states including reading a historical map, and studied suffixes.
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Lakewood, WA Reading tutoring
Today I introduced 18 new sight words to the student. She was able to name all 18 words with few errors. We will continue with these words tomorrow, and if she is successful, I will incorporate new words. To practice fluency today, she read two different passages that she has read before. She did this very well and stated that she can tell that she is getting better. After that, she did a blind timed reading and read 69 words per minute. Then we practiced some, and on the second reading she read all 86 words with 3 seconds left. For comprehension today, she identified key details in the passage she read for fluency. She reread one of the stories from yesterday, and we worked on cause and effect. Later I introduced a new story to her and had her do a picture walk. She discussed what she thought the story was going to be about. Then, I reviewed some key vocabulary words and definitions that were going to be in the story. To close our session, we began to read the story. I will resume reading the story with her tomorrow.
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Lakewood, WA Reading tutoring
Today I continued with a few assessments. We reviewed the sight words (a, the, of, and, away). The student needs more time with these words, so we will continue to practice reading these words each day we meet. We used playdough to make the letters of vowel sounds. She is a very active girl, so I will have her practice listening and following directions to prep for school. She is really excited to go to school! The goal is to keep learning fun.
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Lakewood, WA Reading tutoring
The student had a good session this week. We reviewed some of the phonics concepts from previous lessons and also tried some more reading to better gauge his comprehension. Rather than working out of the first-grade reader, I brought a newspaper (roughly 11th grade level) and asked him to choose an article to read to me. We paused after every paragraph and I asked him questions about what was happening, and also about his understanding of specific words. This led to good conversations about more advanced phonics concepts (the -sh sound in 'nation'), the organizational structure of the story (transitions leading to other paragraphs), reading large numbers (160,000) and discussing decimal places, and a number of vocabulary words. I would consider the exercise a moderate success as he was able to read sentences and describe meanings fairly well.
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Lakewood, WA Reading tutoring
Tonight we covered short and long u words. We also reviewed beginning blends and introduced beginning and ending digraphs. The student is still struggling with blending words. She has a good attitude about concepts we have previously covered. We continue to use the strategy of stretching out words from our shoulder, elbow, to wrist. I am pleased to see her ability to read words with beginning blends.
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