This term is the term when some of the tutors fly away for the winter, to warmer climes! Others have experienced ill-health or had family members needing major surgery. As a result, the students have not always had their usual tutors and this has impacted negatively on the consistency in the programme.
But spring has arrived, and with it, the return of most of the tutors. Yay!!
The focus continues to be on reading mileage with tutors supporting students with decoding problems and comprehension of text. The underlying strength of this programme is always the positive, trusting relationship between tutor and student. By this time of the year, the tutors have a pretty good idea of what each individual student's strengths and weaknesses are in regards to reading and we - the tutors and I - have come up with ways to attempt to 'plug the gaps'.
I have begun to run 'refresher' sessions following on, and adding to, the PD we did in the first term. The emphasis this time is decoding strategies including:
*short vowel sounds (there is a visual card in the boxes to use to support this)
*making words into 'pictures' by drawing around them (for visual learners)
*using flash cards to promote fast recognition of letters/sounds(for some students only)
Many of our students are making significant progress towards reading @ an age-appropriate level.