Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Worked on interpreting new information introduced in the text. Student is getting better at sounding out words."
"We did a reading assessment for the student, identifying his needs and discussing plans for next session, as well as suggesting tips for in between sessions. He needs work on blended consonants and letters, and I will implement strategies as we move forward."
"The student and I worked on his summer reading book, The Lemonade War. We started by reading the back of the book and discussing who the characters were and what we could expect from the story. Then, we began to read the first chapter. He has some difficulty figuring out the words and frequently picks a word that sounds similar but is not correct. At specific points, we stopped and discussed what was happening in the story, what a certain word meant, or what he had learned about the characters. He read silently more easily, but he obviously has trouble comprehending what he's reading and putting the events in his own words. Hopefully, as we continue on, we can work on this skill. Finally, at the end of the session, we played a phonetics game since he sometimes has difficulties with distinguishing letter combinations. The first game was about distinguishing real words from jumbled fake words. He did quite well at that game. Next, we moved onto the same game, but played with specifics diphthongs (ee, ou, and oi - he had shown previous difficulties with the sound "oi"). Although he improved as he went, the diphthongs, particularly the difficult ones, proved quite tough for him. I plan to continue with phonetics in future sessions."
"Tonight we worked on long u words with -u_e, ue, ui, and ew patterns. We also worked on a variety of sight words. The student continues to be able to decode words phonetically. She had a good attitude and was eager to play the games with the skills we were covering."
"We began our discussion of the future tenses. The student's attitude was positive, and he was left with exercises in the future tense."
"We began our hour with some cursive writing practice. Following that, we began to read an adapted graphic novel version of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne. First, we read a short bio on Jules Verne and discussed how famous he is. Then, we discussed what life was like in 1866. The first few pages of the book established the setting, which we also processed so that the novel would be more understandable. The student really enjoyed the book and loved the detailed pictures. There were several new vocabulary words to note. We read the first chapter and will continue in our next session. This is a holistic enrichment approach to reading instruction that puts the instruction in context with overall intellectual growth and great storytelling. It is so much more effective than reading lists of words!"