Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Content covered: sight word practice; story reading - reading words from a memorized story; reading a story that repeats sight words; reading, writing, and adding numbers 11-20; practice with 'putting the big number in your head and counting on' (e.g., 9 + 4)."
"The student had some writing homework and spelling practice, and she completed almost all of it. We wrapped up by reading "Commotion in the Ocean," which she seemed to enjoy a lot."
"The student retained all the things we talked about, and I can tell a lot of the things we've talked about regarding writing and stories is "sticking," which is awesome! We turned our attention to reading passages and answering questions. Right now, he likes to "think" about the answers instead of just looking for the answer in the passage. I know exactly why: "thinking" about an answer and trying to "figure it out" using imagination or reason, feels good and is fun and doesn't take too long, while just reading the passage carefully looking for the "evidence" of the answer is less fun and also doesn't make you feel smart. Regardless, this is what he has to do! We talked about taking notes on each paragraph. I don't think, long-term, I want him to actually literally do this, but for now I think it's a good exercise."
"The student and I discussed her rough draft about the Hopi tribe today. She did a really great job typing up her facts about the Hopis and changing her bullet point notes into sentences and paragraphs. She also learned a lot about some of the different functions on the keyboard, such as "shift" and "tab." I am looking forward to helping her with her official final copy for this essay!"
"The student read to me several books that she had selected from her collection. The books were challenging to her, but I was extremely pleased with her perseverance and drive to complete the books. She also stopped when there was a word she could read but did not know the meaning of, and she would ask me what that word meant. This is extremely essential to building her vocabulary. I discussed how she was doing with her mom, and her mom reported back that things at school were going well and that her teacher is very pleased with her progress."
"The student and I continued to read in our chapter book today. We also played a game that worked on building real words with the middle vowel sounds -ew, -oo, -ou. She independently read "Green Eggs and Ham" focusing a lot on many of her sight words. She is becoming a more confident and fluid reader."