Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I started off the session by reviewing some of the phonics lessons I had previously taught the student. Then I taught her a new lesson on how to read compound words locating the vowels and then separating the word into different parts. Finally, we started reading some of the book that she had picked up at the library. I think that she is definitely improving in her reading speed. In addition, I've noticed that her level of interest in reading seems to be pretty high; she definitely seems to have a great reading comprehension which is a very great thing!"
"The homework the student had to complete was a reading assignment, which required him to read a story for at least twenty minutes and write two sentences about the story. He first chose a more advanced book because completing it would also earn him accelerated reader points. Many of the words were unfamiliar to him. I pronounced the words I knew were too difficult for him; however, with the seemingly difficult words, I required him to attempt the pronunciation in order to increase his habit of reading complex words. He was successful with some of the words. In the future, I am going to provide some worksheets so that he can practice phonics. After reading a few pages in that book, and in order to satisfy his reading homework assignment, he read another story which was easier to understand and read, and wrote the required sentences. During this session, I also wanted to ascertain the topics that were being covered in his reading and writing class in order to assist me with identifying worksheets to practice those skills. He informed me that he is now learning how to write an essay using the "juicy hamburger" method. Because of the time constraints, I did not require him to write a essay to demonstrate his learning, but I did require him to present a story orally. The oral essay he presented was about his love of soccer. He provided his opening, closing, and three details as required by the "juicy hamburger" model."
"This session was spent giving the student an opportunity to build upon his reading skills. The student offered that they like to read books about dinosaurs. Being at the library, we selected a couple of books related to that area of interest. The student read for approx. 45 min. The remainder of the session was spent completing an interactive reading game on the internet. He was presented with reading material during this last 15 minutes and answered questions based upon the reading."
"The student did well tonight. He was able to do all of his math facts correctly for subtraction in less than four minutes, he worked hard on his sight words (but might still need practice with want and pick), we talked about two-digit plus two-digit addition with and without regrouping, and read a story that introduced him to new vowel teams (such as ai) and new consonant blends (such as ce). He really liked the story and did a great job of sounding out words he didn't know. His comprehension was great, even though he was learning a lot of new sounds."
"The student gets confused with words that have the -ing, -es, and -ed endings. These words are difficult for him to memorize. I have brought in a children's dictionary to see if this will help him with his pronunciation and reading skills. I think he would benefit from starting backwards with 1st- and 2nd-grade spelling words. Next week, I will introduce a new strategy that I believe will help him with his reading."
"The student had a few pages of homework today, which took her a little longer than usual to finish. We then read one full book ("I Wouldn't Say Boo to a Goose") and parts of several other books. Also, she finished the illustrations on her anti-teasing book project today, which she wants to share with her class before the fall break next week."