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The K or CK Rule In Spelling

K  or CK? Is there a rhyme or reason? After introducing the FLOSS rule, the next spelling generalization that is usually taught is the K/CK spelling generalization. This is an incredibly useful and freeing spelling generalization…
Floss Rule Spelling Activities

Multisensory Spelling Strategies for Teaching The Floss Rule

Tips for Teaching the FLOSS Spelling Generalization Some of the most powerful tools we teach our Orton Gillingham students are spelling generalizations to help them choose the correct spelling option. Most adults are not even aware of…

Top Ten Tips for Teaching Consonant Blends

Decoding and encoding consonant blends is among the most important concepts you teach your beginning readers. This is a skill they will use across multiple syllable types, in both single syllable and multi-syllabic words and even in reading…
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Effective Decoding Strategies To Improve Reading

Many teachers are familiar with decoding strategies that may emphasize the use of picture clues, meaning and self-monitoring. Sometimes these decoding activities are even given cute nicknames to help students remember. While we want students…
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Seven Tips for Success When Starting with New Orton-Gillingham Students

7 Tips for Getting Off to a Great Start with a New StudentWhen 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…
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How To Explain Orton-Gillingham to Families

Explaining Orton-Gillingham to FamiliesIt can be a challenge when talking about dyslexia and the parts of an Orton-Gillingham lesson to avoid using a lot of technical language and jargon. Many times, parents seeking tutoring services have been…
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Multisensory Teaching Strategies in the Classroom: Part One

Multisensory Teaching Strategies in the ClassroomPart One: Using Multisensory Teaching TechniquesMultisensory teaching is not just crucial for kids with dyslexia, or within Orton-Gillingham lesson plans, it is good solid teaching for ALL students.…
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How to Write Effective Orton-Gillingham Progress Reports

Tips for Sharing Progress with ParentsWhether you are working in private practice as an Orton-Gillingham tutor or working with students in a classroom or school setting, sharing information about a student’s progress is an important part of…
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Tips For Error Correction During Orton-Gillingham Lessons

Part of being a successful Orton-Gillingham teacher or tutor means being prescriptive. This means you tailor your Orton-Gillingham lesson plans to meet the specific needs of your struggling readers. Just as important as being prescriptive is…
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What's In My Orton-Gillingham Binder?

Whenever my students meet with me for an Orton-Gillingham lesson plan, they have a few supplies handy. I, of course come towing my large O-G bag, but I find having things that the student can easily access while I am not with them is helpful…