10 Can’t-Miss Books About Adults with Dyslexia
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10 Can’t-Miss Books About Adults with Dyslexia

As we know, dyslexia is not something you can outgrow. Children with dyslexia become adults with dyslexia. While remediation can decrease the reading gap, there are still certain challenges for adults with dyslexia. It can also provide some benefits. When undiagnosed, dyslexia is particularly damaging to self-esteem and self-concept. Dyslexia in adults may cause slow…

7 Steps for Teaching V/CV Syllable Division
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7 Steps for Teaching V/CV Syllable Division

There are many reasons to teach syllable division rules. Your students need a procedure to help them tackle long multisyllabic words. Mastering syllable division helps your students to access a much wider variety of printed material. The easiest and most common type of syllable division is division between consonants. In this post, we’ll look at…

Meaningful Review in The Orton-Gillingham Lesson
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Meaningful Review in The Orton-Gillingham Lesson

The very best practitioners make decisions for individual students regarding pacing, repetition, mastery, and review. Your students need meaningful time to review what you have previously taught based on their individual needs. Let me help you plan meaningful and effective review as part of your Orton Gillingham lesson. If you are using an Orton Gillingham…

Five Misconceptions About A Structured Literacy Approach

Five Misconceptions About A Structured Literacy Approach

If you are a dyslexia specialist or educational advocates for your students with dyslexia, you may be facing an uphill battle. Trying to encourage structured literacy changes to classroom instruction can sometimes be a challenge/. There is bountiful scientific evidence supporting a structured literacy approach as part of the regular Tier 1 curriculum. However, the…

Benefits of An Orton Gillingham Teacher Training Practicum
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Benefits of An Orton Gillingham Teacher Training Practicum

The world of Orton-Gillingham teacher training programs can be a bit confusing for those who are new on the scene. Although there are numerous training programs that are based on Orton Gillingham, what is sometimes referred to as “straight Orton Gillingham” is not a program, but a group of principles underlying the practice of teaching…

Taking a Closer Look at Spelling Errors: How a Spelling Assessment Can Inform Your Instruction
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Taking a Closer Look at Spelling Errors: How a Spelling Assessment Can Inform Your Instruction

You will find most teachers of children with dyslexia are not fans of the weekly spelling test. Words arranged by theme or covering multiple spelling patterns is a recipe for failure for many of our students. Other students may manage to learn the words for the Friday spelling test, but not be able to spell…

The Value of Repetition for the Student with Dyslexia
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The Value of Repetition for the Student with Dyslexia

For many years, those of us who work with striving readers and writers have known that certain strategies or techniques are effective, but we haven’t really been able to tell WHY. We’ve known that students with dyslexia often have a pattern of areas of weakness in their psychological testing. We have theories and observations grounded…

What does Explicit, Systematic and Sequential Teaching Look Like?
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What does Explicit, Systematic and Sequential Teaching Look Like?

I’m digging into specific principles of the Orton-Gillingham approach. Three words are key to describing some of the principles that define Orton-Gillingham. Instruction is explicit, systematic, and sequential. While these principles are crucial for your students with dyslexia or learning challenges, they also constitute powerful teaching for most of your learners. What does explicit, systematic…

How To Help Younger Students Build Phonemic Awareness Skills

How To Help Younger Students Build Phonemic Awareness Skills

Phonemic awareness might be one of the most important, most talked about, and most misunderstood aspects of literacy. Some of that confusion stems from the similarities and differences between phonological and phonemic Awareness. They are very much related, but not interchangeable. If Phonological Awareness is an umbrella that covers skills, those skills include hearing words…

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Learning Games Your Kids Will Love
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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Learning Games Your Kids Will Love

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is here! Many families have rediscovered the fun of family game night. From board games to card games to jigsaw puzzles, the joy of offline fun has helped to bring families together. Not only are games fun, but they can also be educational. If you are…

Checking for Mastery In Orton-Gillingham Lessons
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Checking for Mastery In Orton-Gillingham Lessons

Teaching to mastery is one of the most important considerations when teaching your students with dyslexia. Striving readers and writers very often find the class and instruction moving forward before they have had a chance to master new concepts. This results in learning gaps. When I encountered this in pupils at school, I would describe…

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Use Decodable Text With Your Students
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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Use Decodable Text With Your Students

One thing that I find myself frequently explaining to parents, students, and other teachers is the rationale for using decodable texts. Students are accustomed to using leveled texts in their classrooms and in many school-based interventions that follow and balanced literacy model of instruction. While engaging, there are important reasons why decodable text can be…

How to Teach Schwa Vowels Part 2: Tips for Teaching Other Schwa Vowels

How to Teach Schwa Vowels Part 2: Tips for Teaching Other Schwa Vowels

In Part 1 of Teaching Schwa Vowels, we talked about strategies for learning schwa a. Schwa a is a great place to introduce the schwa vowel because it is predictable in its location and spelling. In addition, this post offers a lot of suggestions about teaching children about accent and stress which is a necessary…

Ways To Support Children with Dyslexia During Distance Learning
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Ways To Support Children with Dyslexia During Distance Learning

During these strange times we live in, many of us are wearing multiple hats. Parent, employee, teacher, student, educational guide. If your child is doing hybrid or remote schooling, then it is highly likely that some adult in your household is overseeing your child’s learning. For children with dyslexia and accompanying challenges, this style of…

Back to School Tips for Structured Literacy Teachers
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Back to School Tips for Structured Literacy Teachers

Late summer means cooler evenings, and back to school. Even for the most seasoned teachers, back to school this year presents many new challenges. Nerves and uncertainty dull the shine of freshly sharpened pencils and new sneakers. The excitement of seeing friends is confused by social distancing requirements, separated cohorts, and face coverings. And holding…

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How to Explain Multisensory Instruction to Families

When you’re the parent of a child with a diagnosis like dyslexia can be overwhelming. Relief over finally having answers and a plan for helping your child can swiftly turn to a feeling of being unprepared. Parents find themselves faced with an abundance of new information, unfamiliar terms in both legalese and “teacherese” and overwhelming…

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8 Websites to Find Summer Reading Ideas For Struggling Readers

In a typical summer, I might be writing to you about the dangers of the “summer slide”.  The summer slide is a term used to describe the learning loss that occurs during the summer vacation. Struggling students are particularly at risk for losing ground in their quest to become a fluent reader. The statistics are…

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How to Keep Active Students Engaged During Distance Learning Sessions

During these challenging times, you may be adjusting to distance learning. You may be learning how to teach virtually and communicate through a technological intermediary. In addition to the learning curve, there are additional factors that make online learning challenging for you and your students. The increased screen time for many children can be overstimulating….

How To Keep Your Orton-Gillingham Lessons Multisensory When Tutoring Online
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How To Keep Your Orton-Gillingham Lessons Multisensory When Tutoring Online

Multisensory teaching is a key element of instruction for students with dyslexia. Orton Gillingham has become synonymous with multisensory instruction, but let’s review what multisensory actually means. Multisensory teaching engages multiple senses for the student to support their learning. Ideally, this would involve the senses of sight, hearing and touch or movement. When I am…

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Practical Tips for Orton-Gillingham Lessons When Tutoring Online

We are certainly living in challenging times right now. For our students with dyslexia, the specialized instruction they get through Orton-Gillingham lessons is extra important. Many students may not be getting the literacy support throughout their day that they would in a school setting. With a little creativity and flexibility, it is possible to deliver…

Top Tips for Helping Children Distinguish Between Short and Long Vowel Sounds

Top Tips for Helping Children Distinguish Between Short and Long Vowel Sounds

  One question that comes up in discussion among OG colleagues more than just about anything else is about students that are having difficulty distinguishing vowel sounds. Sometimes they struggle with two similar short vowel sounds. Sometimes they have difficulty distinguishing between short and long vowel sounds. We are always looking to add to our…

The Best Decodable Books and Decodable Passage Resources
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The Best Decodable Books and Decodable Passage Resources

If there is one thing Orton-Gillingham teachers can never have enough of, it is decodable text. Finding books that are highly decodable, engaging for our students and suitable for a wide variety of ages is challenging. Differences in scopes and sequences further complicate matters. However, there are some resources that I turn to again and…

A Structured Literacy Approach: How to Help Your School With Making The Transition
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A Structured Literacy Approach: How to Help Your School With Making The Transition

One challenge that structured literacy practitioners face in their work is isolation and frustration with how to share their knowledge in a way that will be well received. While this is a bigger challenge for those working in a school setting, the issue may also arise for those in private practice when communicating with other…

7 Techniques for Building Independence During Orton-Gillingham Lesson
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7 Techniques for Building Independence During Orton-Gillingham Lesson

7 techniques to build independence during the Orton-Gillingham lesson. By keeping your focus on promoting independence, it encourages the gradual release of responsibility. This is a developmentally appropriate way to teach. Building independence during the Orton-Gillingham lesson shows children they can have a sense of ownership and control over their work. This is meaningful for…

A Phoneme, A Grapheme, A Morpheme: What’s the Difference?

A Phoneme, A Grapheme, A Morpheme: What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between a phoneme, a grapheme, a morpheme? The science of teaching reading can sound like a foreign language, especially when you are first learning about Orton-Gillingham or Structured Literacy instruction. While you will likely be talking about digraphs and trigraphs, and blends before you know it, some of the specialized vocabulary can…

Becoming A Structured Literacy Interventionist Using The Orton-Gillingham Approach
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Becoming A Structured Literacy Interventionist Using The Orton-Gillingham Approach

The road you take to become a more structured literacy interventionist can take many twists and turns throughout your career. Who I am today is certainly not the young, impressionable twenty-two-year-old in her first year of teaching back in 2000. If I could talk to that young teacher now, I would definitely have some advice…

Orton-Gillingham Lesson Plans: Tips for Word Lists
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Orton-Gillingham Lesson Plans: Tips for Word Lists

When you’re in the middle of Orton-Gillingham training, you learn how to write lesson plans for your students. Part of writing an effective Orton-Gillingham lesson plan is to create a word list.  The words you select must be appropriate for reading and spelling. By appropriate, I mean you are choosing words that suit the needs…

Explicit Instruction of Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers

Explicit Instruction of Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers

There are a variety of reasons why students struggle to develop reading and writing skills, and many of these students need explicit instruction in foundational skills such as phonics for decoding and spelling, automatic fluent reading skills, and basic text structures. However, the ultimate goal of reading is to comprehend, which is why teachers can’t…

Multisensory Spelling Strategies for Teaching The Floss Rule
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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 these “rules”, as with increased familiarity with the orthography of English, one develops an awareness of what “looks…

Effective Decoding Strategies To Improve 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 to monitor our students and their reading for accuracy to make sure it makes sense, often…

What to Do (and NOT Do) if Your Child is Struggling with Reading and You Suspect Dyslexia
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What to Do (and NOT Do) if Your Child is Struggling with Reading and You Suspect Dyslexia

Does your child struggle with reading? It could be dyslexia. Perhaps your child is struggling with reading and writing and you are questioning what might be going on. Maybe you’ve seen a list of red flags for dyslexia and see some of them in your son. Reading may have been hard for you and now…

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

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

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

Explaining Orton-Gillingham to families isn’t always easy. It can be a challenge to avoid using a lot of technical language and jargon when talking about dyslexia and the parts of an Orton-Gillingham lesson. Many times, parents seeking tutoring services are told their child should receive Orton-Gillingham instruction or sometimes a specific O-G-based program. However, they’re…

Multisensory Teaching Techniques in the Classroom
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Multisensory Teaching Techniques in the Classroom

  Using Multisensory Teaching Techniques Multisensory learning strategies are crucial not just for kids with dyslexia, or within Orton-Gillingham lesson plans, it is good solid teaching for ALL students. Incorporating multisensory learning tools into your classroom lessons will not replace intervention services, but it will make classroom lessons more accessible to students with learning differences.  …

Multisensory Teaching Strategies in the Classroom: Part One
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Multisensory Teaching Strategies in the Classroom: Part One

    Multisensory Teaching Strategies in the Classroom   Part One: Using Multisensory Teaching Techniques Multisensory teaching is not just crucial for kids with dyslexia, or within Orton-Gillingham lesson plans, it is good solid teaching for ALL students. Incorporating multisensory learning tools into your classroom lessons will not replace intervention services, but it will make…

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…

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Building an Understanding of Homophones

    Building an Understanding of Homophones   Soon after introducing the first vowel teams, the need to discuss homophones rears its head. This can be challenging for struggling readers during Orton-Gillingham lesson plans, and especially for ELLs, or English Language Learners. Homonyms and homophones are frequently confused and the words used interchangeably, but there…

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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 being diagnostic. This means that based on a student’s performance within a particular task, you are able to make…

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Those Tricky Short I and Short E Sounds: 7 Tips for Helping Your Student Master Short Vowel Sounds

  7 Tips for Helping Your Student Master Short Vowel Sounds   Those Tricky Short I and Short E Sounds! One of the very first things students need to master also happens to be one of the most difficult for many of them, the short vowel sounds. Short vowels are introduced very early in level…

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The Top 6 Tips For Helping Children Blend Sounds

  When a Student Finds It Hard to Blend Sounds Together: 6 Tips for Getting Over the Hump   While very often, things go along quite swimmingly in the Orton-Gillingham lesson plan, from time to time we all have a student that has particular difficulty blending sounds together. They know their letters and can correctly…

The Essential Reading List for Orton-Gillingham Teachers and Tutors

  Today, I am providing you with a list of professional books that are truly invaluable if you teach reading. Whether you are just starting out on your journey with writing Orton-Gillingham lesson plans, in the middle of a practicum, starting a private practice, working in an elementary school, or a seasoned educator who’s used…

5 Fun and Easy Ways to Practice Spelling Generalizations

        5 Fun and Easy Ways to Practice Spelling Generalizations When you are working with children in Orton-Gillingham lessons or other reading interventions, there is often a big discrepancy between our students’ proficiency with understanding a spelling generalization and their proficiency with the application of that spelling generalization. It takes a lot…

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6 Tips for Introducing Dyslexia to Your Child in a Positive Way

6 Tips for Introducing Dyslexia to Your Child in a Positive Way         I am so thrilled to have Amy share tips for dyslexia advocacy with you today. Thank you so much Amy, from Mamabearmoms.com for sharing your expertise!  When parents think about dyslexia, they tend to focus on the negative because, let’s face…

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How To Run A Successful Dyslexia Pilot Program

    Last Spring, I received an email from Mindy Bramer, an educational consultant for PaTTAN, (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network). The state of Pennsylvania had just become one of the first states to initiate a ground-breaking, dyslexia pilot program that was backed by state legislation.    “Act 69 of 2014, the Dyslexia and Early…

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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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12 MORE Children’s Books About Dyslexia You Can’t Miss

Dyslexia awareness goes on all year long. It HAS to. Last month I published a post with 12 books with dyslexic characters you can’t miss for Dyslexia Awareness Month. There was a huge response! So I started digging even deeper. I thought, “Emily, you have to do a second list.” So I did! (This post contains affiliate links.)Here,…

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6 More Picture Books (Plus some sequels) for Building Phonological Awareness

    Not too long ago, I shared 6 of my favorite read aloud books to promote phonological awareness. I promised that there would be even more to come. Here they are! Not only are these great books for building phonemic awareness, but several of them have sequels that have similar structures and can be…

The Top Six Repurposed Games and Ideas For Literacy Practice
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The Top Six Repurposed Games and Ideas For Literacy Practice

  The Top 6 Types of Repurposed Games: From Precision to Super Silliness No one knows quite how to breathe new life into something old quite like a teacher. Since Orton-Gillingham students require extensive practice to reach mastery of the concepts being taught, one of the best ways to practice is to incorporate lots of…

12 Children’s Books With Dyslexic Characters You Can’t Miss
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12 Children’s Books With Dyslexic Characters You Can’t Miss

Children’s Books With Dyslexic Characters     (This post contains affiliate links.) Raise a hand if you know someone with dyslexia. You should have your hand up by now. It’s Dyslexia Awareness Month and I am all about spreading awareness! If you love children’s book as much as I do, you know how important it…

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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…

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Top Five Tips For Communicating With Families of Children With Dyslexia

      The Top Five Tips For Communicating With Families of Children With Dyslexia Imagine you are a parent who has a meeting with her child’s teacher. Arriving at the school, she arrives in the office five minutes early for the appointment. The secretary directs her to sign in and take a seat. Suddenly,…

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Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Orton-Gillingham Lesson: 5 Tips to Decrease Problems

  Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Orton-Gillingham Lesson: 5 Tips to Decrease Problems   Whether you are working in a mainstream classroom, in small groups or in a one-on-one tutoring situation, you are bound to encounter the occasional behavior issue. When choosing which techniques to best help a particular situation, I find it helpful to…

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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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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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Seven Things Parents Would Like Their Child’s Pediatrician To Know About Dyslexia

Seven things parents would like their child’s pediatrician to understand about dyslexia You trust your pediatrician with your child and for most things, they are the best resource. They can tell you if your child is growing well, if their diet is healthy, and they are there when injuries or accidents occur. Sometimes, however, there…

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Taming the Fly-aways: Weaving Review into Orton-Gillingham Tutoring

As a teacher and tutor using the Orton-Gillingham approach, I am always looking for ways to improve my instruction. Meeting with other teachers and tutors online has truly been a valuable experience when it comes to planning my Orton-Gillingham lessons. Did you know I run a private Facebook book for trained O.G. teachers and tutors?…

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5 Steps You Should Take to Help Your Dyslexic Child Thrive

(This post contains affiliate links.)    Hello everyone! As a teacher working with children with dyslexia, I grow a special bond with each child I work with as the years pass. It’s a unique relationship when you use the Orton-Gillingham approach. I learn a great deal about each child through the teacher lens, but it’s…

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Five Ways to Celebrate Progress And Success With Struggling Readers

If you have a child or work with children who struggles with reading on a daily basis, you know what a battle it can feel like. As an Orton-Gillingham teacher who uses the Orton-Gillingham approach, I sometimes see progress in small increments, instead of leaps and bounds. Guess what? I’m OK with that. Growth might…

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Three Simple Tips for Working With Kids In A 1:1 Setting

Hi everyone! I’m sharing three tips for working with kids in a 1:1 setting today. Seems like a pretty easy topic, but it’s important. I look at different pictures of teachers in classrooms working with students,  and I’m often taken back to the days my supervisor would come during my Orton-Gillingham practicum and observe my…

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Three Literacy Tips Related to Multisensory Teaching

(This post contains affiliate links.)Hi everyone! It’s back to school time and I’m sure you’re busy getting all your classrooms prepared and supplies organized. I work with students all year round, but I certainly use the BTS season to rethink some of my teaching strategies, purchase new materials and set a plan to help my…

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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Help! I’m Heading To My First Orton-Gillingham Training Session Tomorrow! ~Tips for Newbies~

I received a message from a fellow teacher a few days ago. She was getting ready to attend her first Orton-Gillingham training session, and asking what supplies to pack in her bag. I was instantly transported back to when I first started. Those nostalgic thoughts of nervousness, excitement and the “Yikes! Can I really do…

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Building Phonemic Awareness For Struggling Readers

(This post uses affiliate links.) Hi everyone! As an Orton-Gillingham teacher who works with children with dyslexia, I know first hand how they struggle with phonological awareness. Under the umbrella term called phonological awareness, we have a very important early reader offshoot- phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is a critical early reading indicator. What Is Phonemic…

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What’s In My Orton-Gillingham File Folder?

(This post uses affiliate links.)   Hi everyone! I’m back with some tips for using Orton-Gillingham materials. You’ve made a big investment and want to implement them well. You may notice that the volume of printable materials needed really does a number on your ink supply. Or perhaps there are things you’d love to laminate,…

When You’re Stuck Trying To Find Appropriate Orton-Gillingham Reading Passages…
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When You’re Stuck Trying To Find Appropriate Orton-Gillingham Reading Passages…

I’m here to talk about finding reading passages for your Orton-Gillingham lessons or reading intervention groups. It’s one we all grapple with, am I right? We spend hours pouring through scads of Orton-Gillingham resources and books looking for decodable text, but sometimes fall short. Why does this happen? Orton-Gillingham lesson plans follow a fairly strict…

Using Quick Comprehension Checks In Class or For Distance Learning
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Using Quick Comprehension Checks In Class or For Distance Learning

Hi everyone! I’m here today to chat about reading comprehension. We teachers are always searching for ways to check assess a students’ comprehension of a particular book or passage. You may be considering the following: What materials do I use with my students? Is the assessment tool I’m using appropriate for their level? How do…

I Just Finished My OG Training… Now What? Part One: Organizing Teacher Materials
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I Just Finished My OG Training… Now What? Part One: Organizing Teacher Materials

This post about organizing teacher materials contains affiliate links. Have you just finished your OG training or you’re 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…

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Taking A Crack At Spelling: Multi-Sensory Spelling Strategies

Hi everyone! We all need a little motivation from time to time, don’t we? What tasks sometimes feel tedious to you? (Don’t even ask me about laundry.) Now try to imagine challenges your students face when learning. What helps them sustain and persevere? After a great conversation with my fellow OG teachers the other day,…

Educents Launch 4/2/15

Have you heard the news!? Educents is opening their MARKETPLACE! What does that mean? That means that besides the already AMAZING deals they offer on a daily basis, you can now purchase items from sellers stores, also on a daily basis! WHAT!? That’s right! Over 500 sellers have already created stores in the Educents Marketplace,…

Big Changes!

Hi everyone! My little blog is undergoing some big changes over the next few months and I wanted to fill you all in on what you’ll notice.What’s changing? Social Media: I am changing my blog, and all social media outlets to The Literacy Nest. I’ll still keep my little owl theme going, but freshen up…

Winter Wonders Blog Hop

Welcome! One year ago today, a group of teacher-bloggers launched the website Adventures in Literacy Land to share tips and tools for effective literacy instruction.  In honor of reaching our first full year of blogging together we are hosting a Winter Wonders Blog Hop and Birthday Celebration. Join us, if you will, to read a…

Gifts Of Reading Blog Hop

Welcome to the Gift of Reading Blog Hop!   Books and reading play such an integral role in my home. They are the cure all! They help with naps, bedtimes, tantrums, rainy days, extra snuggle time, and let’s not forget all the amazing language and vocabulary development!  I’ve been thinking of several books to give as a gifts…

October Classroom Resources

  Hi everyone! Today, I’m sharing photos of some October classroom resources that you may be interested in from my store. This is a collection of literacy resources that work well for centers, guided reading and writing, word work, fluency practice, and independent projects. You’ll see the link for each one below. I’m sure your students will…

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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…

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Friday Foundations: Orton-Gillingham Lesson Planning Tips

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first Friday Foundations post! Every Friday, I am dedicating a special post to all my OG instructors with helpful tips for you and  your students. I hope you find it informative, practical and take away a little something you can use right away. 🙂 Let’s talk lesson planning. When I was training to…

Blasting Off A Great Year With High Flying Ideas Blog Hop Aug 22-24

Welcome to the Blasting Off A Great Year Blog Hop! I’m sharing strategies for hooking reluctant readers in your classrooms. Climate is everything. It’s the strategic placement of books (even the covers facing out when on display, if possible) EVERYwhere. It’s the organizational system for categorizing books, by genre, author, and topic. It’s the cozy and inviting book…

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Aloha To August!

Can it be possible???  July is nearly over??? I have teamed up with 40 fabulous stores for… This is a FABULOUS 4 day event that is full of sweet deals, savings and 4 amazing giveaways! Here’s a peek at what you are being treated to… Each day a new ‘deal’ will be posted by the 40 participating…

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Using the S.O.S. Strategy

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to talk about a multi-sensory spelling strategy called S.O.S. The S.O.S. (Simultaneous Oral Spelling) strategy is a commonly used technique used as one way to help improve a dyslexic reader’s ability to spell. It has been researched that by using a multi-sensory approach to practice spelling, the dyslexic learner would have build better phonological awareness, which is a huge weakness. S.O.S. uses visual, auditory and…

Active Word Play

Hi, everyone, it’s Andrea from Reading Toward the Stars!  I am so honored and pleased to be here while Emily loves on her precious new bundle of joy! I just returned rejuvenated and refreshed from our state reading conference.  I gained so many new ideas and am excited to share some quick and easy vocabulary…

Mentor Monday Linky 3/10/14-Analyzing Characters

Welcome to Mentor Monday!  I’m Wendy from Read With Me ABC, and I’m hosting today’s mentor text conversation.  Emily is enjoying a few precious moments with her brand new beautiful baby girl. 🙂 Let’s talk about about using mentor texts to analyze characters, shall we? Characters reveal themselves through their words, actions, and feelings.  Strategic…

Can you picture it?

As you can see, Emily has allowed me to snag her blog for the day.  She’s had a very busy week welcoming her new baby into the world. The news came through yesterday that the baby arrived safely, and both mom and baby are doing well today. I am Carla visiting from Comprehension Connection today…

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Sharing A Love of Patricia Polacco: For The Love Of Autumn

Happy Friday TRT/OG friends! I hope you enjoyed Mentor Monday this week. We had some wonderful book suggestions. At the end of that post, I spoke of a very special project pulled together by some talented teacher bloggers. Lessons From The Heart is an exclusive ebook created for the month of February,  and it can be all yours! Collectively,…

Mentor Monday Linky 2/3/14: Making Inferences, And…A Very Special Treat!

Welcome to the third week of Mentor Monday! This week we’ll focus on mentor texts for teaching the reading comprehension strategy, making inferences. This is a tough strategy for some kids to grasp. You need just the right picture book to model it, especially for first timers. I made this collage back in the Fall for…

Hosting A Movie Screening

It’s been a long term goal of mine to host a free movie screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. That day came last Saturday January 25, 2014! Thanks to several organizations, a supportive State Representative from Massachusetts and an amazing, local, non-profit organization, I was able to pull this off. Here are some pictures from…

Literacy Land Blog Launch: Coming January 6, 2014!

It’s here.  It’s here.  It’s finally here!  It’s been over two months in the making, but today we announce the launch of our new literacy blog… Twenty bloggers with a specific interest in literacy (reading specialists, reading coaches, literature teachers, etc.) have joined together in this effort.  I’m so excited to reveal the authors! Amy…

Wednesday Wow Linky

Happy New Year Everyone! I’m linking up with Emily from Curious Firsties for Wednesday Wow. As I look back on 2013, and look ahead to this new year, I have to say WOW! So much has happened! It all started last March when The Reading Tutor/OG was born. My little Facebook page for literacy resources with fellow educators…

Trading Spaces Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! Please welcome Jessica from Hanging Out In First to my blog! A group of my fabulous teacher blogger friends are blog swapping today. You can view my post about multi-sensory spelling strategies at Ripper Resources. Thank you Jessica, for writing a wonderful post on The Reading Tutor/OG! It is Trading Spaces Tuesday and a bunch…

Thankful Linky

I linked up with The Reading Writing Redhead to share what I’m most thankful for this year! Here’s a few thoughts that come into my mind right away. Happy Thanksgiving! And of course I’m so thankful for all of you! Here’s a link to a freebie in my store! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/November-Syllable-BINGO-961775

Digging Deeper Into Reading: Helpful Tips For Close Reading

Welcome to my blog! I’d like to chat about close reading today. The Common Core State Standards and PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) has brought close reading into the forefront of every teacher’s mind. You may be wondering: What is close reading?  How should you implement it in your classroom?  Is…

Five For Friday-November Edition (Choose my next blog topic!)

Five For Friday: November Edition   Happy Friday TRT/OG friends! Welcome to all my new followers too! After last night’s Halloween fun, I really needed a nap today(didn’t happen)! Each year I host my family and serve a huge crock pot of chili and homemade cornbread for dinner. Then we all go trick or treating in our neighborhood. There’s…

October Newsletter

My October newsletter is officially up! You’ll find lots of great information, so be sure to check it out and share. I want to personally thank my fellow blogger and teacher friend, Lauren from Teacher Mom Of Three for her contribution to this month’s newsletter. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading her fluency tips. Just click…

Welcome to my new blog!

Welcome to my new blog! I wanted to take the opportunity to give you a tour of the new features! 1. Here’s the navigation bar. It will direct you to my Facebook page and my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.   2. These buttons take you to my Facebook page, Twitter page, Bloglovin page, Pinterest boards, RSS feed, and email. Click on…