Reds, Blues, & Birks

How’s everyone’s summer going? I have no excuse (besides summer classes and work) not to post this summer. I let the blog go a little bit the last few months with school coming to an end, graduation, senior activities, the beginning of summer, etc. I recently went on vacation to Cape Cod with my family and it was the greatest week. The weather was beautiful, we ate plenty of seafood and icecream, and spent everyday on the beach. I of course did some shopping while I was there, and thanks to myself and (mostly) my mom, I snagged a couple cute things to add to my ever-growing closet. This unbelievably cool cropped kimono is from a boutique in Provincetown. Once I saw it I had no choice but to walk out of the store with it. The red color is perfection, and the ivory design throughout makes it so interesting to the eye, but the fringe in the front is my favorite part! My mom also graciously bought me my first pair of Birkenstocks. She literally lives in birks – the woman has to have at least six different pairs, probably more. I went with a beautiful navy blue pair with a double strap, one wrapping around the toe. They’re pretty comfy, but I haven’t completely broken them in yet. I’m waiting for the day they’re finally molded to my feet! All the bracelets (except for the gold) were also found a various boutiques in Provincetown. Those I paid for myself, don’t worry. A halter top and boyfriend jeans made this the perfect outfit for a night in town and dinner by the bay. I’ll definitely be repeating this outfit more than once before the summer is over!20140711-095453-35693779.jpg20140711-095453-35693433.jpg

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Kimon – from a Provincetown boutique; Halter – F21; Boyfriend Jeans – American Eagle, Shoes – Birkenstock

I’m a tutor?

A week ago I started my summer class (called School Reading Problems) in which my main requirement is to tutor a student in reading! I’m super excited about this class – except for the fact that it’s an entire semester of work packed into five short weeks eeeeek! My student is awesome and super enthusiastic about reading, so tutoring has been somewhat easy in that sense. For confidentiality reasons I obviously can’t disclose anything about our sessions, but I wanted to share a few things with you! Check out the pictures below of some of the things we’ve been working on – and this super cute writing process chart I found on google (If it’s yours or you know who made it, let me know!)20140711-095002-35402190.jpg20140711-095003-35403359.jpg20140711-095003-35403851.jpg

This week I had my first moment that I realized that I’m actually qualified to tutor. My student’s reading rate increased dramatically over a four day time period and I seriously could have just died inside. I was so excited! I couldn’t believe that I was able to use a strategy and actually see results. This is truly my first experience legitimately teaching a student. Up until this point, I’ve simply taught a lesson here and there, but nothing to the point where I felt like I’ve really taught something or truly made a difference in a child’s learning ability. I’ll post soon about the different strategies I’ve been learning and how I feel like they’ve been working in my experience.

If there are any reading teachers out there that want to share some fun reading ideas, or any books/poems/texts on a late second grade reading level, please do!