Hector's Transitioning

Check out Hector's tutoring sessions!

Literacy

Hector was a very happy and talkative boy during our tutoring sessions! He was very careful in his reading and knew how to read most words in the books we read. Hector would have a hard time keeping up with his reading and making sure he read at a just right pace. We worked on slowing our reading down but still reading in phrases rather than word by word. Hector does better with his reading when he focuses in with his finger. After reading Hector could tell some parts of what he read but would leave out important details or get confused about what happened at times. We worked on looking through the book before reading to see what we could understand from pictures and then talking about it after, as well, to see if we were right about what we thought. Hector does a great job writing what he thinks and talks about but often times is not able to put his writing in complete sentences. We worked on breaking our sentences up with capital letters at the beginning and punctuation at the end. When Hector would write he would write one long sentence with no where to stop. He shared some writing with me, and I supported him in editing his work. Hector is going to learn so much more as long as he keeps working at it.

Independent Reading or Rereading

Hector needs to read every night when possible! He should be reading that are easy for him to read and books that he can read by himself. Hector enjoys reading graphic novels which are like comic books, but he needs to make sure they are a good book for him. He should read books he has already read over and over to help with his pace and speed. Hector should also read short poems or books with people speaking to help with his speed so that it is not too fast or too slow. Hector should also be read to so that he can hear what a good reader sounds like

Word Study

Hector knows a lot of sight words and can read them very quickly! He is a great speller and is right on track with where he needs to be for that. His spelling can get better by doing more writing each night. As he writes he can focus on the spelling patterns he knows like his vowels and add in new spelling patterns, such as endings to words. Hector is very talkative and busy so getting up and playing games as a family with his word study words can also be helpful. He enjoys doing activities where he can word hunt and write the words, which you could do as a family. Hector is also interested in games so any kind of games you can play with words, such as bingo or if you want to make a board game he could do that too. Hector needs more practice with homophones, words that sound the same but are spelled differently and mean different things. These words he can practice by talking about them in sentences, such as the words hare and hair or dear and deer.

Reading

Hector needs to read every night. He can go to the local library to pick up books and should get books from his school library. Hector needs to work on how he takes care of books and keeps track of them. Hector should be reading books that are easy for him. He should enjoy reading by choosing books that interest him but are still good for him to read, such as books about games or books about things that make him laugh. Hector needs to work on slowing down when he reads and paying attention to what he is reading. He should also be talking about what he reads, which is something he can do with the family. Hector can also share his reading with the family by reading together; you read a page and then he reads a page.


Some books he can read:

Squish: Super Amoeba by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

Phonics Comics Series Level 2 and 3

George Brown, Class Clown series by Nancy Krulik

Kid Paddle series by Midam (get it in Spanish too)

Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce

Ook and Gluk series by Dave Pilkey

Writing

Hector should be writing every night when possible. He can write a grocery list for the family or he can write about his favorite video game he just played. Hector should be forming shorter sentences by breaking them up with capital letters at the beginning and punctuation at the end. For example, if he writes, "he can run really fast he is tall his friend is fast too." This phrase should be broken up into three sentences, "He can run really fast. He is tall. His friend is fast too." Hector can also practice using endings on his words when needed, such as, "I clean my room." He should write, "I cleaned my room." Hector writes likes he talks so it is helpful for him to say the sentence correctly and then write it. The family to share in the writing too perhaps by writing letters to each other.