Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student brought "Knick Knack Paddy Wack", which we had read before and she half sang the reading, especially the chorus. We finished it quickly and I told her that we had to read some more before we played any games. The final book that she read was also very easy. I was pleased to see that she read the words rather than guessing at what she thought it would say. When it came to game time, I gave her the choice of games, and during that time her playmate friend came over to join us. We played the Flip Flop game using the timer to see how many words we could string together. We followed that with another Mad Libs story, which again got us laughing."
"Met with the student to review how to blend sounds to form single and multi syllabic words. Multi-syllabic words included words with open and closed syllables as well as words with long vowel silent e, double medial consonants and single medial consonants. Informal assessment was continued from last week. Assessment results show the student has made at least 20% growth or higher for reading single syllable words in list form. The student continues to practice fluency by playing a hands on memory game, and we continue to read his high interest low readability book. Next week we will continue to focus on reading multi-syllabic words in context and reading words in isolation with the various vowel patterns he has learned in his classroom. An incentive chart was given and four assignments left for the student to practice his skills throughout the week."
"Today we started by going over his repetitive reading assignment that I had him read each night. This was an amazing improvement; he was confident and was reading whole sentences. He gets nervous when he reads things he has not read before. We are going to continue with this style of practice followed by a cold read at sessions. We went over his sight words again from school and his practice showed he was able to recognize almost half of the ones he struggled with last time. We are going to do a flashcard style game to help boost those words. We then went over the closed vowel rule and used that to introduce the first set of worksheets. This one focused on -ck words. He will finish the remainder of the packets this week at home and identify closed vowel words in his own books. We will likely be starting 2 sessions a week to help keep up the practice."
"We reviewed helping verbs, which the student worked on as homework. She seemed to understand them really well! Then, we read a short story and spent our time doing exercises based on the vocabulary as well as reading comprehension. It went well, and we had a great moment when she told me that she was the only one in her class who had used "too" correctly on an assignment, because we had gone over when you use "to" vs "too.""
"We reviewed the two documents the student sent me after I highlighted them for edits. She continues to struggle with passive sentences and comma use. I find that when she reads aloud, she catches most mistakes that are highlighted. She's using colons more often and usually correctly. She'll continue to use "Elements" as a guide for colon use. Her attitude was positive and engaged. We'll review similar docs next week."
"We spent our time discussing A Wrinkle in Time. From even the first chapter, I think the student's attention to detail has improved, and she is getting more comfortable voicing her ideas about characters. For next time, she'll read chapter 3!"