Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed her reading comprehension homework. Next, she did a daily edit. Then she read from the gymnastics book. Her reading out loud has improved. Finally, she asked to go over compound sentences, and so I had her create compound sentences using different conjunctions on the board. She did great."
"The student and I read and discussed his book The Lightning Thief. He continues to have solid comprehension of the novel. We worked on a practice comprehension test with our remaining time. The student's sister and I read from her novel Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. She is enjoying this book and our discussions show that she has comprehended it well. We plan to finish the novel next Thursday. The student's brother and I reviewed the letters of the alphabet. He practiced writing the letters on his own with popsicle sticks. He practice reading words with the short "a" and short "e" vowel sounds."
"Today, since it was our first meeting, I mostly appraised his attitude and skill level. I brought four books of my own which I asked him to look at and let me know what he thought of them: for example, were any too long, full of difficult vocabulary, uninteresting, etc. Then I asked him to bring me some of his own books which were his favorites. It became immediately clear that he loves humorous stories and doesn't like small print. He showed me that he has an abridged version of "The Three Musketeers" which he hasn't, yet, read. So I have asked him to read the first chapter of that (we already read the first three pages and talked about them together) before our next meeting. His reading ability is actually very high and he asks very intelligent questions and makes good inter-book connections, so I'm going to provide him with short excerpts from the original "The Three Musketeers" for him to read alongside his abridged version. Right now he relies a great deal on what pictures in the books can tell him instead of paying attention to what he's reading, so I want to steer him toward passages full of description (he has shown me he loves Roald Dahl's very emotive and expressive style) so that he can learn to get his understanding from verbal description rather than pictures. Today he showed me that he's very intelligent and has a lot of energy for things he's curious about! So I'm excited to use that to help him improve his reading comprehension."