Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had an amazing session today. She recognized and differentiated lower case "b" from "d" for the first time, and she did it multiple times without prompting. She was able to run through all of her weekly sight words twice, getting half right each time. We talked about rhyming words and made lists of -ob, -ot, and -op words. She helped me read "Ten Apples Up on Top" today. She would read the words she knew, especially her sight words like on and top. and I would read the words she didn't know. We read 5 sentences. She would sound words out the first time she read the sentences, and the second time she would read straight through them. To end the session, we read a book. We talked about and drew the characters after we finished the story. We also had a short discussion about what setting is in a story ."
"I asked the student to read two G-level books silently, whispering only if she had to. As she read I periodically stopped her and asked her to tell me about the story. For the majority of the time she moved her lips silently while reading but there were several times when she read with just her eyes and understood what she had read! We spent a short time doing word work with the /aw/ sound of ough (i.e. thought, bought, etc.) and practiced consonant blends. She then read the J-level book Mouse Mess without pointing at the words most of the time!"
"This was my first session with this student, who is a marvelous little boy. We started off with a book that was above his reading level but he powered through anyway. He is determined and wants to learn to read. I noticed that he can leave out some letters or jump words so we isolated the word we were working on with notecards. He knows all the letters and what they sound like so we're working on putting sounds together. There are lots of tricky sounds that we were also working on like "ph," "ch," and "oo." Next time we will review these tricky sounds and either continue on with that book or have a simpler text to work with. Overall, he was calm and positive and genuinely wants to learn."
"The student is doing very well with her reading! She has started to recognize some of her sight words. Keep up the good work! Today we picked out new DVDs: three on sight words and two for entertainment. We finished the Brand New Reader Red Set and started on the Purple Set. During snack we read "Aqualicious," and the student took it home to read. We spent about 10 minutes on the computer learning about "Getting Ready for Kindergarten," which included how to tie your shoes."
"The student is having some trouble with the comprehension work I am giving her. I anticipated that she would, as it is a higher level of reading than she is used to. I am going to double down on her reading with me to make sure that she is understanding the texts. She is improving with her multiplication tables. We need to continue working on word problems, as she is having some trouble distinguishing what she needs to do in the problem. I am also setting her timed multiplication sets to encourage her to memorize them."
"The student is improving in his reading and writing. He created sentences and began an essay on his summer trip. He is a good reader and puts his all into his lessons. He is excited to learn more and aims to succeed."