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The Top Ten Websites for Dyslexia Awareness
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The Top Ten Websites for Dyslexia Awareness

    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…

How To Explain Orton-Gillingham to Families
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How To Explain Orton-Gillingham to Families

  Explaining Orton-Gillingham to Families It 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 told their child should receive Orton-Gillingham instruction or sometimes a specific O-G based program, without really…

Orton-Gillingham In Small Groups? Yes, You Can!
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Orton-Gillingham In Small Groups? Yes, You Can!

  Do you find yourself scratching your head when thinking about how the heck to run an Orton-Gillingham lesson plan in small groups during a typical school week? Common problems which may arise: Timing could be off. You might only have a session about 30 minutes a day or a few days a week. A…

How to Write Effective Orton-Gillingham Progress Reports
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How to Write Effective Orton-Gillingham Progress Reports

Tips for Sharing Orton-Gillingham Progress Reports with Parents Whether 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 our work. Orton-Gillingham progress reports are one way to do that. When it comes to…

How To Combine Literacy Lessons With Motor Skills Practice

      Thank you, Miss Jaime, O.T. for joining my blog in honor of National Handwriting Day!  “There’s no time to work on Motor skills!  We’ve got to get these 5 year olds reading!” Kindergarten just isn’t what it used to be.  As an Occupational Therapist, one of my concerns is that the children…

A Year In The Life of The Literacy Nest

Wrapping up a whole year as a certified dyslexia practitioner, I look at the accomplishments, the progress made and the people I have reached. Through the power of the Orton-Gillingham approach, a structured literacy methodology, and dyslexia awareness spread through social media, I’ve been able to reach parents and other educators all over the world….

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What Does An Orton-Gillingham Lesson Look Like?

What Does an Orton-Gillingham Lesson Look Like? If you were to observe an Orton-Gillingham lesson such as Wilson, SPIRE or Barton, they would have similarities, but also plenty of differences. The same is true of a non-program-specific Orton-Gillingham lesson plan that follows the Orton-Gillingham approach. The exact lesson sequence may differ depending on where the teacher was…

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The Top 6 Picture Books For Building Phonological Awareness

The Top 6 Picture Books For Building Phonological Awareness  (This post contains affiliate links.) building phonological awareness can happen anywhere at anytime. We know that beneath the umbrella term, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness is the most important skill to work on for early reading success. Struggling readers may have poor phonological awareness; therefore, it is…

How to Get Your Dyslexic Child Engaged and Excited About Summer Reading

  Getting your dyslexia child to want to read this summer can sometimes be a challenge. I have students whose moms reveal their kids will simply not pick up a book on their own. They will however, if mom or dad initiates it, and provides a bit of support like reading together, reading aloud or…

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“The only award I’ll ever get is perfect attendance, and I even messed that up.” Why Recognition Really DOES Matter

  You might have noticed or read a few stories in the news about offensive awards given out to students with learning challenges lately. A trophy was actually handed out in an assembly to a middle schooler with ADHD that was labeled, “Least likely to pay attention.” The teachers responsible for curating the so-called “award”…

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Twenty Six Things Moms of Dyslexic Children Want You To Know

  You all know me as a certified dyslexia practitioner using the Orton-Gillingham approach, but first and foremost, I am a mom to four amazing children. (And, no. I don’t sleep very much.) Many might not know that my four children are my rainbow babies who came after four little precious angels and a very…

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Top Five Reasons To Use Audiobooks With Struggling Readers

Top Five Reasons to Use Audiobooks with Struggling Readers   Does your child struggle with reading? It’s a common problem among children, which is why many parents are turning to audiobooks for help. They are a great tool that can make reading more interesting for kids that don’t want to read. Due to all the…

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How To Incorporate Movement Into Orton-Gillingham Lessons

Everyone needs movement in their life, am I right? For me personally, I love my Zumba classes or just dancing with my kids in the kitchen. Kids need to MOVE. Brain breaks have become increasingly important in classrooms as we have even more demands. I’m finding as a dyslexia practitioner using the Orton-Gillingham approach in…

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Top Five Ways to Help Your Child Get Motivated to Read

Top Five Ways to Help Your Child Get Motivated to Read Some kids love to read and spend a lot of their time getting lost in the pages of a good book. Others hate the thought of reading. Some kids have a hard time staying focused on what they’re reading. Their minds wonder and they…

Household Hacks For Orton-Gillingham Lessons
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Household Hacks For Orton-Gillingham Lessons

Hey Orton-Gillingham teachers and tutors! Do you have this problem? Any store you walk in, you spot ordinary, household objects that you could use in your Orton-Gillingham lessons. My wheels are always turning. And if you’re like me, with small children at home, you do NOT have a lot of spare time. I need to…

Starting Orton-Gillingham: How To Find A Starting Point With This Approach
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Starting Orton-Gillingham: How To Find A Starting Point With This Approach

Hi Everyone! I’m going to walk you through a tricky part of planning your Orton-Gillingham lessons today: finding a starting point. As a teacher or tutor using the Orton-Gillingham lesson plans, you want to make the best choice for your student, but that means gathering some pieces of the puzzle that show who they are as a…

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I Just Finished My OG Training…Now What? Series: Part One- Getting Your Materials Organized

  (This post contains affiliate links.) Hi everyone! Have you just finished your OG training or in the middle of a program? Then this series is for you! I’ve spent the past month chatting with fellow Orton-Gillingham trained teachers, and compiled some tips for you to use right away. I’m going to break this up…

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Friday Foundations 9/26/14: Multi-sensory Activities Wrap-Up and More

Hi everyone! Welcome to my second week of Friday Foundations. I’m taking the time each Friday to share tips and resources with my fellow OG instructors. I thought I’d share some photos of multi-sensory activities I incorporated into my lessons. Keep in mind, NOTHING I do here is a silent activity, The child is always…

Orton-Gillingham Word List Strategies
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Orton-Gillingham Word List Strategies

Here are some Orton-Gillingham lesson planning tips to get you started for the upcoming school year. Today, I’m blogging about how I use my words and sentences lists. This was one of the requested topics from a weeks back on my Facebook page. Hopefully seeing photos will help to give a better understanding. After being…