Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed her homework, which was to read the first 4 chapters of Sweet Valley High book 1. She very much seems to enjoy the book, and enthusiastically recounted all the drama happening in Sweet Valley between the two sisters, their friends, and the "cool" unicorn club. We then read through a reading comprehension passage about classifying different musical instruments. The student seemed to get the gist of the passage. We then read chapters 4, 5, and 6 of The Tale of Despereaux aloud, discussing each chapter after it happened. New vocabulary in these chapters included "indulge", "adhere", "captivating", and "possession". The student seems to be enjoying the story of the book, and has a strong memory of the events, both from last week in an overall review (longer-term) and from the chapter we just read (short-term). We again discussed the plot and what might happen in the future, both in the next few chapters, and by the end of the book. At the next session, we will try to complete 4 chapters (the chapters are very short, so this translates to about 10-12 pages, with pictures), and do a few exercises relating to story, character, and vocabulary from the book."
"The student and I started off by practicing identifying different shapes--specifically hearts, circles and triangles. We talked about how the heart is made up of two half circles and a triangle, and the student practiced drawing the different shapes. After that, we practiced his numbers. We finished with some more reading practice. We finished today by adding some letter stickers to the front of his letter learning board to help him visualize his progress."
"Today we reviewed the student's homework packet; that led to a decision to spend most of the time working on suffixes and prefixes used in the packet and how an understanding of those prefixes can help him know a word's meaning and spelling. Specifically, we spent quite a bit of time breaking words down into their parts and then putting them together. For example, whatever word it is attached to, the suffix "tion" makes the sound "shun." He is a delight, but he does like to stall and hope that I will give him the answer. He will get the most benefit from our sessions, and we will better use our time, if he can overcome this tendency. When he does try, he almost always gets the correct answer or something very close. By the end of the session, he was able to quickly and without too much thought spell words like "imaginatively" which at the beginning of the session he thought were too difficult to try. Next session, we will review the prefixes and suffixes we worked on this session before moving on to other concepts. We also did a "warm" read. However, it wasn't really a warm read because the student had not been able to find any time to practice it during the week. I did not assign new reading, but asked him to please practice the same text so we can do a real warm read on Friday. Also, in future sessions we will spend more time working without paper. He depends on being able to write things down to the point that it is a crutch. He doesn't need the crutch. He is perfectly capable of thinking without it!"