What a difference a day makes: Changing the format without losing the focus

Challenge:
What a difference a day makes: Changing the format without losing the focus

Scenario:
I went in and met with my student again today, since yesterday was not very productive (See scenario above). What a difference a day can make! We had the best session today. We did some letter and sound work. His teacher wanted me to go through letter flashcards and do the sounds of each one, which seemed kind of boring to me. Instead, I decided to work on letter-sound association in a casino format with me as the dealer. At the end, since he had done so well, he won a comic book. He actually started conversations with me rather than me having to always initiate our discussions. We talked about cars (which I didn’t know that he liked), his weekend plans, and about his family that is still in Mexico. It was incredible how easy it was to communicate with him today.