Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I read children's books together, alternating turns for each page. I will work to improve his memory of the various vowel sounds he sees in the text, though there are certain words he remembers invariably. My goal for next week is to isolate the particular sounds he has trouble with, and focus on learning and identifying them in stories we read together."
"First I worked with Student 1. He did his math homework, which dealt with adding decimals. He seemed very comfortable with this. Then he did his reading. Afterwards, I read with Student 2. I have been asking him content questions to make sure he is understanding what he reads. It is keeping him alert."
"We went over the letters and sounds. She knew all the names. We went over the sight words, she did well. We did a sheet identifying and writing CVC short o words. She did well. We practiced spelling short a, e, and o CVC words. She did a very good job spelling overall. We read a short o story and answered questions. She did fine."
"Today we started our first chapter book together. Additionally, I brought along phonics and word flash cards that I used back in the beginning with him, and he had no hesitations or issues with word and sound recognition. I also incorporated a couple more phonics tools to our latest cards: "ing" and "gh". He wrote his first completely correct sentence today: "I like to read." He is starting to understand the silent 'e' at the end of words, as well as how letters work together to make certain sounds, like the "ea" in read."
"We are still preparing for the test. The student made great strides in his reading comprehension. His attitude was great and we got some good work done. I will be giving him a definition quiz tomorrow, to make sure he has retained some of the word we've talked about over the last 2 weeks."
"Today was a great beginning session. The student and I talked a bit about her reading preferences and her worries regarding writing. We also talked about how she feels about different writing topics and how she prepares for writing when given a prompt. After getting to know her a little bit, I asked her to write an introduction about an imaginary character, and she did a great job. By the end of the session, she'd produced two good paragraphs with a fair amount of beginning detail, and she'd managed to pick out many of her own errors! I was really impressed that she was able to see so many of her own errors with spelling, punctuation, etc.--a lot of students at this age don't see those errors once they're on the page. I was impressed that she volunteered to read her writing aloud, which shows she does have confidence in her ideas, and his is far more rare than you might expect. I haven't asked her to do any homework for tomorrow's session since we do have such a quick turn-around between meetings this time, but I'm looking forward to working with her again!"