Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did our first vocab unit. We continued working on DBQs, I and believe that the student is ready to start writing one. He will have a DBQ written for the next session."
"I increased the difficulty of his vocab words and games because he has mastered the old words. We will now play timed games with those. We concentrated mostly on the games today because there are a lot of new words for him to sound out and become familiar with. His writing is still very good. He writes 4-6 sentences each time session. He is remembering most silent Es as well as most Ys at the end of words. He has made very good progress."
"This session was spent focusing on assisting Indiana with his homework assignments as well as preparing him for his spelling quiz. First, I reviewed the student's assignment, which requires him to read a story for at least twenty minutes and write two sentences about the story. He had already completed the assignments for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. However, I reviewed the student's sentences for these days, and I assisted the student with correcting his spelling as well as required him to revise some sentences to provide more details about the stories he had read. He has a spelling quiz on Friday, and he struggled initially with the spellings. He admitted that the words on the list were a little harder to learn. I assured the student that everyone struggles with learning "harder" words at some point, and I encouraged him to keep trying because he is such a great student. Therefore, I first allotted time for the student to review the words on his own; then, I required him to write the words from memory as I called them allowed. After determining which words he was still struggling with, I took each word singly and spelled the words for him. Then, I required him to spell the words (oral and written) from memory. After reviewing all of the words, I quizzed the student again, and he spelled them all correctly. In the remaining time, the student read a book orally, entitled "Hello Hairy Dawg". At the end of the session, I advised Indiana's mother to require Indiana to review the words again to ensure that he is adequately prepared for the quiz."
"The student and I continued our work on pronunciation of "r" and "l" sounds today. To help her gain a better sense of rhythm and oral movement patterns of the sounds, I taught her "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." We also practiced a few other sentences that reproduce the sounds she struggles with pronouncing clearly. We will continue to work on this."
"The student and I continued our work on the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book. We should finish that during our next session. I will bring some summative questions that review the whole book, and we can work on writing. Today, we concentrated on vocabulary, summarizing, and understanding cause and effect."
"The student and I continued out work of sharing the pen to write her narrative piece for most of the session. She was very eager to do that. We also worked on a review of her summer school prefix assignment and reading of a short passage. Next we played a reading comprehension game that focused on context clues and vocabulary. At the end we worked on a quick review of improper fractions and mixed numbers. She was engaged throughout the session."