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Decodable readers

Decodable readers

decodable readers   I am a firm believer in controlled books for struggling readers. However, my description of a decodable, controlled reader varies from the many I’ve found on the market. Since I teach short vowels with CVC words to...

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When two vowels go walking...

When two vowels go walking...

well, if you do see two vowels walking, this is a problem. Along with my aforementioned knee jerk reactions to hearing magic e, I cringe equally hard hearing people in the reading world say to their students, " When two...

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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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I just took Orton Gillinghan training, now what?

I just took Orton Gillinghan training, now what?

 Taking an Orton Gillingham course is just the start of your training. So, if you watched a youtube video of a person hanging wallpaper does that qualify you to hang wallpaper in other peoples’ homes? Would your walls be as...

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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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Pacing

Pacing

 How slow can you go? For many Orton-Gillingham practitioners, the answer is not slow enough. We move as fast as we can and as slow as we must—the wisest words ever spoken when it comes to pacing. How do we...

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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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