Skills Spotlight: How Assessments Identify Strengths and Needs


Why do we need assessments? What Assessments should we use? How often should we assess a student? Let's answer those questions. Assessments help know where a student is in the learning process and cater to a student’s needs. They also identify strengths and weaknesses in a student’s skills to tailor instruction effectively. Assessments are usually conducted one-on-one allowing the tutor or teacher to observe how a student interacts with assessment tasks. This ensures that instruction directly addresses a student's areas of need. When working with students, I almost always start from the beginning of my scope and sequence. Many students will not...

One Big Essential Tool (VIDEO) for Success in Orton Gillingham


The Jewel Box is a box that holds card decks for lesson drills. These cards should be used in each lesson to teach speed and automaticity of the letters and concepts. The box can be anything, but I have found durability and portability are important. When I first started, I used a photo box, which disintegrated over time. I replaced it with this current box and have never looked back. The new one travels well and is extremely durable. Full article link: One Big Essential Tool for Success in Orton-Gillingham - Orton Gillingham for All (ogforall.com) Links: Link to Jewel Box – https://amzn.to/3AzQeuqJewels of Orton Gillingham – https://ogforall.com/jewels-of-orton-gillingham/Drill...

One Big Essential Tool for Success in Orton-Gillingham


How do you start Orton Gillingham lessons with a student? The answer starts with Drill Cards. All OG lessons start with drill cards. In Orton Gillingham, the “Jewel Box” is an important tool for holding these cards. According to the OG Manual, the “Jewel Box” (or Jewel Case) got its name from children, and the name stuck. The Jewel Box is a box that holds card decks for lesson drills. These cards should be used in each lesson to teach speed and automaticity of the letters and concepts. The box can be anything, but I have found durability and portability are...

Valuable Activities for Teaching Short Vowels Using Multi-Sensory (Video) from Orton Gillingham Coaching


If you’re teaching short vowels using the Orton Gillingham approach, this guide has some direction and ideas for you. Let’s walk through effective strategies to help your students not only understand short vowels but also retain and use their knowledge. Full article: A Simple Guide for Teaching Short Vowels Using Multi-Sensory - Orton Gillingham for All (ogforall.com)

A Simple Guide for Teaching Short Vowels Using Multi-Sensory


If you're teaching short vowels using the Orton Gillingham approach, this guide has some direction and ideas for you. Let’s walk through effective strategies to help your students not only understand short vowels but also retain and use their knowledge. Start with Phonemic Awareness Developing a student’s phonemic awareness and the ability to clearly hear the vowel sounds is a great start. We want to engage them in listening activities to learn to identify and manipulate sounds in words. This chart is in the “freebies” section and gives a list of activities you can do with students. You can also use simple games...

Expert Strategies for Encoding and Decoding (Video) from Orton Gillingham Coaching


Full article: Expert Strategies for Teaching Encoding and Decoding Skills - Orton Gillingham for All (ogforall.com) Encoding and Decoding are terms we hear a lot in any phonics approach and in Orton Gillingham you will also hear these terms. This video shines a light on encoding and decoding and gives plenty of activities for teaching and tutoring. Product Links: OGforALL Workbook Store: https://bit.ly/3llnvDp Scope & Sequence Workbooks: https://bit.ly/2YN0XDP Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Orton-Gillingham-Coaching Products to help Sandpaper letters: Sandpaper Letters, Lowercase only: https://amzn.to/3APKAnq Sandpaper Letters, Uppercase & Lowercase: https://amzn.to/3BXZ5XN Bubble Popper: https://amzn.to/47lcBUm Magnetic Letters: https://amzn.to/3Qt4nCU Whisper Phones: https://amzn.to/3SA9rIe ******* FTC: Some...

Expert Strategies for Teaching Encoding and Decoding Skills


Unlocking the mysteries of reading and writing begins with encoding and decoding. In Orton Gillingham, encoding and decoding are the backbone of the approach. Let’s shine a light on encoding and decoding by looking at the difference between these concepts, and check out some activities that you can do with students. Teaching Encoding/Decoding The Orton-Gillingham approach is structured, sequential, and cumulative. This means that concepts are taught using a scope and sequence, one lesson building upon the next. A student should have mastery of at least 95% of one concept before moving on to the next. Decoding and encoding are taught simultaneously...

C&G Rule: How to Teach, When to Teach and Activities from Orton Gillingham Coaching


The C and G rule in Orton Gillingham is a miscellaneous rule. What the C & G rules says is, if you have a C or a G followed by an E, I, or Y, then the C takes on the “s” sound and the G takes on the “J” sound. Important to remember is that the e, i, or y FOLLOWS the C or G. If is BEFORE the C or G, then this rule does not apply (think of a word like, "ignite" where the i is before the g, versus a word like "gist," where the i is after...

The C & G Rule, How to Teach It, and 10 Activities for Individual and Group Lessons


The C & G Rule: What is it? The 'C' Rule: much of the time, the letter 'C' represents the /k/ sound. However, when followed by 'e', 'i', or 'y' (like in "cent," "cinder," or "cylinder"), it makes the /s/ sound. The 'G' Rule: The letter 'G' usually makes the /g/ sound (as in "goat"), but when followed by 'e', 'i', or 'y' (like in "gem," "giant," or "gym"), it makes the /j/ sound. When to Teach the C&G Rule The C & G Rule is taught fairly early in the Scope & Sequence, around the same time Magic E syllables are taught,...

Teaching Short Vowel Rules and Activities to Help from Orton Gillingham Coaching


This video is an overview, with activities included, of Orton Gillingham-based Short Vowel Rules with -- FLOSS, "K" Rule, "CH" Rule, and the "J" Rule. Link to the full article with even more activities: https://ogforall.com/how-to-teach-short-vowel-rules-and-19-activities-to-help/ Product Links OGforALL Workbook Store: https://bit.ly/3llnvDp Scope & Sequence Workbooks: https://bit.ly/2YN0XDP Teachers Pay Teachers Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Og-For-All Short Vowel Rule Bundle: https://ogforall.com/downloads/bundle-short-vowel-rule-packets/ Products to help Sandpaper letters: Sandpaper Letters, Lowercase only: https://amzn.to/3APKAnq Sandpaper Letters, Uppercase & Lowercase: https://amzn.to/3BXZ5XN Bubble Popper: https://amzn.to/47lcBUm Magnetic Letters: https://amzn.to/3Qt4nCU Whisper Phones: https://amzn.to/3SA9rIe ******* FTC: Some links included in this description might be affiliate links. If you purchase a product through one...