Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Began the session with Sight word Bingo and then read a story from school. He read the stories and then we went back and covered the pictures in order to encourage the student to read the words. He was able to read without support demonstrating he is becoming more comfortable. We played memory with the previous 10 sight words. He had to say the words as he turned them over. We then read the sight word story She Will Be and reviewed sight words throughout the book. Then we read the decodable book The Pin and Fin. This book covers word families -in and -et. We highlighted these word families and focused on the sight words in the story. He is becoming a more confident reader and self correcting. Lastly, we played a new memory game with 10 new words. He continues to improve and gain confidence. I left the books for him to read and ten additional words for mom to add around the house."
"We worked on reading and spelling words. While he often looks for help when encountering an unfamiliar word, he is able to decode and sound out the word when prompted."
"During this session we went over his reading/language arts homework. There was a packet of about 10 pages that we had to work through on a variety of words and sounds. I told him to look at the page and tell me what he thought he was expected to do based on what he saw. We then worked through each section, with him reading aloud the sentence and filling in the blanks with the correct word or selecting the correct answer from a list. The student need a great deal of help with consonant blends, long vowel sounds, and remembering words he's just read as well as overall fluency. I recommended he continue practicing his sight words and read at least 10-15 min a day."
"The student and I had a good introductory session. We discussed school and some of the student's interests outside of school, and we did some practice writing. I had him write a few sentences about books he had read recently, and one that he is currently reading. He is clearly very bright and actually seems to be adept at expressing his ideas when he wants to - the biggest hurdles will be motivation and focus. He can convey ideas effectively and with impressive style, but only when he cares to put in the effort. I will do what I can to make writing interesting and worthwhile for him. I am confident that he can improve his writing with time."
"The student and I had a good session today. I brought in an excerpt from Because of Winn-Dixie. He seems to like animals and is interested in reading things with animals in them. His comprehension was good, and he answered the questions in full sentences and was able to identify evidence from the text to back up his answers. We then did a writing exercise where he imagined himself as a superhero and wrote a story with a problem and solution. He was very enthusiastic and wrote a lot. He said it was the most he has ever written. Finally, we did some reading from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to end. He seems to be gaining some confidence and fluency."
"The student and I had a great session today. He worked on a specific assignment involving a novel they are reading in class. He went from being slightly detached from the material to very enthusiastic and involved, which is wonderful. When one understands what they are reading and connects to the characters, it makes for much better work. We discussed what rising action specifically meant, and how characters' backgrounds influence the choices they make and how they relate to the world, which directly affects plot. We talked some more about inference. He took my study tip of marking pages that he found important, and found it very helpful. I suggested visualizing what's happening in the book as a sort of "mind movie." Imagery can be very helpful for reading comprehension and for staying interested and engaged."