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Why teach syllable accents?

Why teach syllable accents?

I don't hear syllable accents, do you? Have you ever wondered how many of your students are unable to discern the stressed syllable from the unstressed syllable? Teaching syllable accents seems to be a prevalent activity in classrooms and many...

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Teaching r-controlled vowels

Teaching r-controlled vowels

Bossy r? I never let consonants boss me around, do you? So why would we call r bossy? R controlled vowels can be some of the trickiest concepts to teach, this is true, but is calling them bossy r to...

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What does Multisensory look like in an OG lesson?

What does Multisensory look like in an OG lesson?

Orton Gillingham is a multisensory approach, sometimes referred to as multisensory learning, which is not the same as teaching through learning styles. Multisensory instruction has undoubtedly caught the attention of educators, however, this is not a new craze; it has...

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Handwriting instruction in an OG lesson

Handwriting instruction in an OG lesson

How often have you done an intake session with your new student only to discover their handwriting was illegible? As we know, the struggle that appears at age six usually hasn’t miraculously resolved by age 10 or 16 or even...

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Word books... can you ever have too many?

Word books... can you ever have too many?

  When I took Orton-Gillingham training we received several word books—all classics, all invaluable tools for an OG practitioner. Why do we need so many books? Why isn't just one enough? As I mentioned earlier,  I received the following books...

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Endings rules don't need to be hard.

Endings rules don't need to be hard.

I made it easy for you.   As some of you know, I wrote a book on how to teach the endings rules. I knew there were a million workbooks on this topic, although few of the workbooks give an...

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There is nothing magic about e

There is nothing magic about e

Magic, by definition, is unexplainable and mysterious; silent e isn’t that. When I hear teachers say "magic e" it usually makes my toes curl. I want to jump up and say what is so magical about it? What are these...

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