Thursday, December 26, 2013

TUTOR TIP: Christmas, Read Alouds, and Christmas Presents

Hello fellow readers,

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas holiday in which you read and ate a lot. I sure did and I didn't let a 13 hour power outage and ice storm get in the way of my Christmas spirit.

Before the ice storm hit, I had a tutoring session (the last one before Christmas) with a grade two student. Wanting to focus on Christmas and comprehension I found some useful online resources.

The first thing I found was a digital copy of Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dowdney. I have never read a Llama Llama book but I have seen them a lot at my local bookstore. When I found this digital copy, I knew I had to read it with my tutee. We have been focusing on comprehension when reading and stopping and asking ourselves who the main characters are and what is the main problem, how did they solve it etc... I also found this awesome Llama Llama holiday resource that is completely free! I have used other lesson plans from The Lesson Plan Diva and would highly recommend using her resources.

I also wanted to introduce some new vocabulary to my tutee because she is somewhat limited that way. So I had my tutee complete a crossword puzzle of words from the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and then we read it together.

Finally, we worked on some 3D Object geometry games because that is what we have been working on recently. For any tutors and teachers who do not know this, the Alberta Ministry of Education has awesome math games for primary students in all areas of the math curriculum. It is called Math Under the Sea.

Moving on from tutoring and into book reading, I asked for several books for Christmas. My best friend was sweet and got me Demi Lovato's Staying Strong: 365 Days A Year and when I opened the book, I couldn't help but notice how beautiful the book is. The cover is translucent and has a picture of birds flying upwards and the hard cover part has the picture of Demi's face. I was expecting more of an autobiography than a day by day thought calendar, I am looking forward to reading her daily thoughts.

My sister and her fiance went to purchase me Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan but it was sold out in the bookshops near us so they have ordered it and I  can't wait to get into that book.

Alas, here is the picture of the Christmas presents my best friend purchased for me. He bought me the Demi Lovato book in the back, a nice smelling candle from B&BW and a mug with my initial, T, on it.
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday. What books did you open up for Christmas and are you planning on purchasing any during Boxing Day/Boxing Week?

Happy Reading,

Tara




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