• Consonants & Vowels,  Orton Coaching Videos,  Syllable Division,  Types of Syllables

    Orton Gillingham Coaching: Teaching Open Syllables, Tools and Strategies

    Teaching Open Syllables, Tools & Strategies Open Syllable is the third syllable pattern you teach in Orton Gillingham in the REVLOC system of syllable patterns. Open Syllable Pattern The Open Syllable pattern is CV or V – Consonant, Vowel (or just Vowel). The open vowel at the end of the syllable makes the vowel long, or “makes the vowel say its name.” Initial Terms A student must know what a vowel and consonant are to be able to grasp the concept of syllables. By this point, you will already have taught Closed and Magic E patterns.* You will have started with VCCV syllable division.* So, now your student should have…

  • Consonants & Vowels,  Orton Coaching Videos,  Spelling

    Orton Gillingham Coaching: Consonant Sound Spelling Tools & Strategies

    What Is Sound Reading and Sound Spelling? Sound Reading asks, what does this letter say? Sometimes it says one sound and sometimes it says multiple sounds. Examples: What does S say? S says, /s/ and /z/ as in sun and rose What does F say? F says /f/ as in fan Sound Spelling asks, what letter or letter combinations make this sound? Examples: What letters say, /s/? The letters S and C say /s/, as in sun and city, and more advanced, SC, keyword scissors and PS, keyword psychic (or psalm) What letters say, /f/? The letters that say /f/ are f and ph, as in fan and phone, and…

  • Consonants & Vowels,  Orton Coaching Videos,  Syllable Division,  Types of Syllables

    Orton Gillingham Coaching: Teaching Magic-E (Silent E) Syllables, Tools & Strategies

    Teaching Magic-E (Silent E) Syllables, Tools & Strategies Magic E is the second syllable pattern you teach in Orton Gillingham in the REVLOC system of syllable patterns. Magic E Syllable Pattern The Magic E pattern is VCE – Vowel, Consonant, Silent E at the end. The silent E makes the vowel say its name, giving it a long vowel sound. What a Student Should Know to Learn the Magic-E Pattern A student must know what a vowel and consonant are to be able to grasp the concept of syllables. They do not have to know the concept of what a syllable is in full to teach the Magic E syllable…

  • Consonants & Vowels,  Orton Coaching Videos,  Syllable Division,  Types of Syllables

    Orton Gillingham Coaching: Teaching Closed (CVC) Syllables

    Teaching Closed (CVC) Syllables Closed syllable is the first syllable pattern you teach in Orton Gillingham in the REVLOC syllable patterns. Initial Terms A student must know what a vowel and consonant are to be able to grasp the concept of syllables. They do not need to know the concept of what a syllable is in full to teach the closed syllable pattern, but you will want to use the words, “The consonant at the end makes the vowel short. This is a closed syllable.” If you do give a definition of a syllable, it can be something like, “words are made of syllables,” or “a syllable is a part…

  • Consonants & Vowels,  Orton Coaching Videos,  Tools

    Orton Gillingham Coaching: Let’s Talk About the “Hearing-It” in Multi-Sensory. Using Phonemic Awareness in Lessons.

    We talk about Orton Gillingham being multi-sensory. Multi-sensory means we want students of OG to hear the language (auditory), see the language (visual) and use the language as kinesthetic (feel/write). When we combine these three prongs we get a multi-sensory approach, meaning all of these senses are being used by a student to learn.  The auditory portion of the multi-sensory approach often gets put on the back-burner to the “writing it” and “see it” because it is easier to go through the cards or do a worksheet, but “hearing it” is one of the most important parts of Orton Gillingham. Auditory exercises should be a part of every lesson and…

  • Consonants & Vowels,  Orton Coaching Videos

    Orton Gillingham Coaching: Short Vowels & Strategies for Teaching Them

    For our Reading Vowels, we start with short vowels. We have a short vowel deck with pictures to help students associate these first letter sounds with pictures. Watch to learn more tools and teaching strategies for short vowels. Links from Video: Links: Scope & Sequence Workbooks (these workbooks contain the mini-cards from the video): https://bit.ly/2YN0XDP Link to Magnet Sheets (if you want to make magnet cards/strips): https://amzn.to/3lMPD2y Link to White Board in video: https://amzn.to/3zxk1CL Link to Paper to make Cards: https://amzn.to/3EKC3We Drill Card Template (you can make drill cards on your computer): https://bit.ly/3Eb3LuO About Short Vowels Dialect Can Affect Sound The order in scope and sequence of short vowels is…

  • Consonants & Vowels,  Orton Coaching Videos

    Orton Gillingham Coaching: Get to Know the Reading Consonant Deck

    The Reading Consonant Deck is the first deck used in Orton Gillingham. This video explains the whole deck — going through each card and key words. Get to know this deck! And be sure to check out the links below. There is a free template for creating your own card decks. Link to FREE Card Template: https://bit.ly/3Eb3LuO Link to Scope & Sequence Workbooks (these books contain mini-cards to cut out and use): https://bit.ly/2YN0XDP More Workbook resources: https://bit.ly/3llnvDp Go to YouTube to SUBSCRIBE to my channel!

  • Consonants & Vowels,  Spelling,  Vowel Teams

    Sound Spelling Versus Sound Reading

    Sound Spelling Versus Sound Reading, What’s the Difference? When taking an Orton Gillingham class, as a student or as a teacher, you will have two terms: Reading Consonant & Vowels and Spelling Consonants & Vowels. What’s the difference in the two? It can get a little confusing. Reading Consonant & Vowel Sounds When going through a consonant reading deck with a student they will use an s two ways, as two sounds, /s/ or /z/. The s can make two sounds, /s/ and /z/. Sound reading is asking, what sounds does this letter (or letter combination) make? Ideas to drill sound reading To drill sound reading, use decks from your…

  • Accenting Rules,  Consonants & Vowels,  Sight Words,  Spelling

    Go Bananas for Schwa

    I’ve written about Schwa before, but I’m seeing a lot of questions around this topic so I want to take a deeper dive into the topic of Schwa. What is a Schwa? Schwa is a term used when a vowel takes on (or gets “swallowed up” by) the “uh” (ŭ) sound. Any vowel can do this and some vowel combinations make the sound as well, for example, doctor (the or takes on a schwa sound) or dollar, (the ar is a schwa). Schwa is represented with an upside-down e: ə Because any a, e, i, o, u, or y can make this sound, and even some letter combinations, it can…

  • Consonants & Vowels,  Spelling,  Vowel Teams

    A Deeper Dive into Generalizations OI/OY, OU/OW, AU/AW

    I’ve written about Orton Gillingham Generalizations before, but I want to take a deeper dive into this topic. What Are Generalization Rules? Generalizations or Generalization Rules are vowel teams that sound alike and also have general rules or situations for when to use them. There are three: OI/OY saying “oi” as in oil/boy OU/OW saying “ou” as in out/cow AU/AW saying “ô” as in auto/paw Generalizations are rules associated with certain sounds that help know when to use each vowel team and in what position to use them in a word. They are tools for spelling and reading words. When do you use each Generalization? OI/OY Generalization Use oi at…