Author: Emily

Hi there! I’m Emily, Certified Dyslexia Practitioner and the creator of The Literacy Nest. I have been working with children from ages 1-12 since 2000 in a variety of settings.
6 Tips for Finding Orton-Gillingham Practicum Students
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6 Tips for Finding Orton-Gillingham Practicum Students

Finding Orton-Gillingham practicum students may seem intimidating, but it can be quite easy if you’re networking in the right places! What is an Orton-Gillingham Practicum? The O-G practicum is similar in many ways to student teaching. It is a way of putting theory into practice with the support and feedback of a mentor. A practicum…

Is it -OUS or -US? How to Teach This Spelling Generalization
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Is it -OUS or -US? How to Teach This Spelling Generalization

The more students know the more complicated spelling becomes. They begin to need to take into consideration not only sound and symbol correspondence, but the word’s morphology and part of speech. One potentially confusing concept is words that end in -ous or -us. Both endings are pronounced /ǝs/. So how do we know when to…

Tips for Using Controlled Text to Build Morphological Awareness
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Tips for Using Controlled Text to Build Morphological Awareness

It’s important to help our students build their morphological awareness, but how can we do this? By using controlled text! What is morphological awareness? Morphological awareness is the ability to recognize the smallest units of meaning in words. These units, or morphemes, may be prefixes, suffixes, base words, or roots. Looking for resources to help…

Creating a Dyslexia Awareness Display: What, Why, and How!

Creating a Dyslexia Awareness Display: What, Why, and How!

Although many schools avoid the word dyslexia, favoring “specific learning disability”, it is important to say the word dyslexia for a few key reasons. Using the word dyslexia helps to build a community of learners with similar difficulties. Saying the word dyslexia carries with it an understanding of the disability and the best practice intervention….

10 Tips for Teaching Closed Syllable Exceptions
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10 Tips for Teaching Closed Syllable Exceptions

While the syllable types explain many spellings and pronunciations in English, we still come across some words that don’t quite work the way we expect them to. One of those is a group of words known as closed syllable exceptions. Let’s talk about teaching closed syllable exceptions! What are closed syllable exceptions? Closed syllable exceptions…