Orton Gillingham Mama’s Blog: A Deeper Dive into Structured Literacy
Welcome to Orton Gillingham Mama and thank you for your interest in my blog. In my blog, I write about all things related to the science of reading and reading instruction. I hope that you will follow my blog (at the bottom of this page) and learn alongside me about phonics, the science of reading, and best practices in reading instruction. Are you looking for resources to teach reading? Please visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store, Orton Gillingham Mama, for all my resources related to Structured Literacy.
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It is the beginning of the school year, and we are eager to see how our students read and what skills we need to teach them. How do we accomplish both? We do so with a comprehensive reading assessment that covers all skills needed for reading. Science of Reading and a Reading Assessment Continue reading “Assessing Reading”
Orton Gillingham is an approach and not a program. It is a systematic approach to teaching literacy to individuals for whom reading, writing, and spelling do not come easily. Many of these individuals have dyslexia, but many others can benefit from the structured literacy approach as well. In the hands of a well-trained Orton tutor,Continue reading “Orton Gillingham Principles”
The terms “phonological awareness” and “phonemic awareness” are often confused with one another. Yes, they sound the same and they both involve the spoken parts of language. However, they are not only distinct, but you may be surprised to learn when and how you should teach each of them. Important Terms to Understand: Phonemes areContinue reading “Phonemic Awareness or Phonological?”
Structured literacy is getting a lot of well-deserved attention. Researchers in the areas of reading, psychology, speech and language pathology, neuroscience, and education all agree. Although there may be more than one way to TEACH reading, there is only one way that the human brain LEARNS to read. The majority of students learn to readContinue reading “Structured Literacy Instruction”
Why Use Phonemic Awareness? Phonemic awareness, the most advanced level of phonological awareness, is the ability to isolate and manipulate the spoken sounds in words. No letters and no print involved. Just the sounds. Phonemic awareness is the #1 predictor of reading success. Have you ever had a child who struggled with phonics? He mostContinue reading “Phonemic Awareness Activities”
PHONICS INSTRUCTION There are long-standing myths about phonics instruction. Keeping these myths alive (and thus keeping phonics instruction from our students!) undermines a student’s reading acquisition. As educators, we must constantly look to the current research and adjust our instruction accordingly. Remember, although there are many different ways to TEACH reading, science continually reminds usContinue reading “Myths About Phonics Instruction”
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