This week, my learner and I worked on reading a little more. We spent time on this website ( starfall.com) and practiced both reading and rhyming. We also discussed the things needed for the final project.
This week's session was a little short. My learner did not show up until 4:30. However, it was explained to me that they left to get to Brown early, but the unpredictable traffic in downtown PVD slowed them down. As a result, I mostly spent time reviewing sight words with my leaner. I took it a step further and had him write the words down a few times, identifying the letters that make up each word, and use the word in a sentence. I observed that my learner has a hard time using "and" in a sentence. He usually uses it by saying "and a pencil and a paper". I correct him, but I want to find a way to help him understand why it doesn't work.
Last week, our session ran smoothly. We worked on the alphabet (sounds, names of letter, and the order of the letters). We also began reading 2-3 letter words. I introduced the meaning and pronunciation of sight words. I also decided to add pictures to facilitate the connections being made.
This week, my learner and I worked on sounds of the letters in the alphabet. We started off the hour with him putting the alphabet letters in order. This week, the task was a little harder for him, but he got through it. We then worked on recognizing the letters in different words. Finally, we got through the sounds of the letters A-G. For the most part, he has begun to read a bit, or at least understand what reading entails. We also had a quick conversation about the final project.
For the week of the 16th, my learner and I made a tremendous amount of progress in identifying letters of the alphabet outside of the alphabet order. We also worked a little with the sounds of the letters. Overall, I can definitely tell my learner knows the alphabet pretty well.
I met with my leanrer. We worked on reading, starting with the basics. We also discussed ways that he would like to try to learn or ways that have worked for him in the past (flashcards, videos, etc..).
For this week's session. My learner and I practiced reading. We reviewed ABCs, and the sounds that they make. We then began moving towards putting the sounds of the letters together to create words.