The Literacy Nest

Online Supplemental Resources To Support The Big Five In The National Reading Panel

Sunday, September 16, 2018

supplementary resources for the national reading panel


 Please welcome, Lorna Wooldridge as my guest blogger! 

In a recent blog I wrote for the Orton-Gillingham Online Academy (OGOA) on “The National Reading Panel and The Big Five”, I explained what exactly “The Big Five” are, and why they are so important for reading. I plan to blog extensively about each one in the next few months, again for the OGOA, and will include resources and ideas that parents, teachers and tutors, can use with their struggling readers. I hope you will check in on those through the OGOA blog page. Today, I’m going to include five online supplementary resources which we have used in our tutoring practice, Wise owl Services, and which our students use at home to address the “Big Five.”

Seven Tips for Success When Starting with New Orton-Gillingham Students

Sunday, September 9, 2018

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7 Tips for Getting Off to a Great Start with a New Student


When parents come to me seeking help for their child, very often it is the child’s emotional well-being that has been the final catalyst to seek tutoring. Struggling readers often begin to think of themselves as “stupid” and their overall self-confidence and outlook on learning really suffers. Being a highly skilled, highly trained professional is crucial, but the ability to connect with our students and nurture that affective side of their learning is perhaps even more important to our success as an Orton Gillingham tutor. 

Back to School Tips for A Child with Dyslexia

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Back to school tips for children with dyslexia



6 Back to School Tips for A Child with Dyslexia 

The beginning of a new school year is a time of very mixed emotions for many kids. Excitement about a new grade and new experiences blends with feelings of nervousness. For children that struggle academically, these feelings of anxiety can be multiplied both for the child and the parent.

To smooth the transition, there are a few things that you can do both with your child and with your child’s new teacher.

The Top Ten Websites for Dyslexia Awareness

Thursday, August 9, 2018


websites about dyslexia

Whether you are just beginning your journey to understand dyslexia or looking to find helpful reference tools to spread dyslexia awareness, you need a go-to list.

I've spoken with a lot of classroom teachers over the years who really WANT to learn about dyslexia, because guess why? Their professors never brought up dyslexia in any of their teacher training courses. And that is not their fault. It is a systemic problem with colleges and universities that needs serious change. 

Searching online for well respected and informative sites about dyslexia can sometimes be a bit challenging. I've taken the searching and guesswork away for you in a website roundup.

Getting The Facts About Dyslexia

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Facts about dyslexia


As an Orton-Gillingham tutor, I find the need to spread dyslexia awareness is ever present. Dyslexia is one of the most common and least understood issues that face learners. There are many myths that surround dyslexia and how best to treat or remediate it. In fact, there are still people who insist that there is no such thing as dyslexia. We are lucky that today we live in a time when brain research has learned more than ever before about how the human brain works and how individuals with dyslexia learn differently. 
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