Orton Gillingham Lesson-Part 2

In the first part of an Orton Gillingham lesson we practice phonemic awareness, blending, and letter-sound correspondence. After that, it is crucial that students review and reinforce previously learned skills.  The student must also learn new information and practice this new skill in their reading and writing. Concepts taught and reviewed cover ALL strands ofContinue reading “Orton Gillingham Lesson-Part 2”

Orton Gillingham Lesson

This is Part 1 of a series of posts about what is included in an Orton Gillingham lesson plan. Many assume an Orton Gillingham lesson only includes phonics. While explicit instruction of many phonics skills is a large part of an OG lesson, a quality lesson covers SO many more aspects of our language. ThisContinue reading “Orton Gillingham Lesson”

Orton Gillingham Principles

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”

Phonemic Awareness or Phonological?

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?”

How to Start a Tutoring Business

Are you an educator or parent interested in tutoring?  It can be overwhelming knowing where to start.  I asked my colleagues to share their insights and suggestions on how to start a tutoring business.  Between us, we have years of experience and we have tried it all.  I hope that our suggestions save you timeContinue reading “How to Start a Tutoring Business”

Phonemic Awareness Activities

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”

Decodable Books- What are they and why should we use them?

The debate is over. Reading words by attending to all of the letter-sound correspondences is how our brain learns to read efficiently. This is not new science, nor is it a pendulum. This is over 40 years of research. The science tells us that students need to focus on the letter-sound correspondences (word reading) toContinue reading “Decodable Books- What are they and why should we use them?”