This was lesson four by Skype from Linton, Cambs, to Nettlewell, Yorks. Previous lessons are below. None has lasted more than 30 mins, and today's just 18. We continued to read from the DK reference book on the Humpback Whale. Jodi Storey's note first, then mine.
Jodi: I was completely and utterly surprised to listen to JH’s progress with you this evening. He is now:
- Remembering words like ‘ancient’, ‘myths’ ‘Trident’ and ‘flukes’ for a whole week.
- Able to work out words from their combinations of letters and contexts- before we can come up with similar formations – e.g. clouds, thread and these
- Able to remember words as tricky as ‘through’ and sight read them – almost
- Willingly read and re-read for perfection (those tricky plurals)
- Differentiation between ‘breaths’ and ‘breathes’ ! (JB - he worked this out for himself before I had a chance to explain it!)
- Despite and above my use of the tracking pen – start to self – correct and read for meaning!!
John This was excellent progress after roughly an hour and a half's teaching. I would add to Jodi's points
- In addition to remembering Triton, JH was able to use his knowledge of the first i to read Titan, and then Titanic, changing the point of emphasis appropriately between the two words. He knew about Titanic, and was interested in the story of the lifeboats (only carried in case she had to aid another ship).
- JH had to work hard on prononuncing s a the end of a word, and on keeping himself from adding s where there was none, but he read two pages without this error by the end of this short lesson.
- JH is beginning to work words out and correct himself, sometimes so quickly that he had worked out a word, notably through, spray and mist, before I had time to explain it to him.
- Jodi considers this reference book to be above the expected level for a seven year old, and I agree, though we still have work to do before he can read it with full confidence.
- JH said last week that he was dyslexic. From the way he was working out new words on his own this evening, and generalising from his new knowledge of letter patterns, I suspect he may change his mind in a month or two.