Yesterday, I worked with an 8 year old and was excited because I knew what I wanted to do. Enter the 8 year old. This child was tired and needed permission to regroup. He came in and asked to play a game. He chose Rummy-O. This teaches the same thing my set- making game does. It also takes longer. Instead of drawing one tile each play we drew two each time. Children like to draw tiles. The object is supposed to be to Win by getting rid of all your tiles first. The child needed to learn how to play and learn grouping of numbers. You are also not supposed to let the other player see what tiles you have. We set the tiles up and then helped each other. Before the game was over he was showing me what I had to play a couple of times. What a confidence builder for him to find my move before I did.
Then we worked on the balance board and he did well. I began tutoring by reading every other sentence while the student reads the opposite ones. This prevents the negative, "You forgot to stop for the period."
It also helps understanding by stopping at each complete thought. I am working for this child to read every other paragraph. He likes the every other sentence better. The reading selections are also longer. He is resisting the longer as it looks harder so we stopped in the middle of the selection.
I hope today goes as well.