Initial assessment was a little bit of a challenge; both girls were a little shy at first. I look forward to our next session to get a better idea of the girls' weaker areas and strengths. I found a small stack of wordless picture books at the library to illicit some vocabulary and syntax, which is my prefered method of assessment for this age. My 3rd-grader chose Barbara Lehman's The Secret Box.
The parents requested weekly homework for the 3rd-grader, so I have been thinking about what to assign. Since I already make vocabulary lists from words that we go over during our sessions, I've decided to have the 3rd-grader keep the list herself and define the vocabulary in her own words in between sessions. If that plan isn't ideal, I'm always happy to reassess later, as long as we start somewhere.