• 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!

  • Orton Coaching Videos

    Orton Gillingham Coaching: Choosing a Jewel Box

    OG For All has a new video channel! I hope you will follow along with these videos. This first video is on choosing a Jewel Box and the Card Decks within the box. Card decks are a cornerstone of Orton Gillingham’s multi-sensory approach. They help guide the see it, say it and hear it approach. Links in this video: Link to Jewel Box In Video – https://amzn.to/3hpPaBW Article (with tab explanations) Jewels of Orton Gillingham – https://ogforall.com/jewels-of-orton-gillingham/ Drill Card Template (for Jewel Box Cards) – https://bit.ly/3Eb3LuO Workbook/Worksheets Store – https://bit.ly/3llnvDp Link to Workbook Bundle — Scope & Sequence Book Bundle (4 Books) – https://bit.ly/2YN0XDP

  • Short Vowel Rules

    Strategies for Teaching Short Vowel Rule: “J” Rule

    The best part of using Orton Gillingham to teach or tutor is that the rules are clearly defined. For the Short Vowel Rules there is FLOSS, “CH” Rule, “J” Rule, and “K” Rule. Today we are going to talk about strategies for teaching “J” Rule. Typically, Short Vowel Rule words are simple looking, one-syllable words that come from the Anglo-Saxon language. Words like, sack, dodge, grass, hatch. Longer words are typically Greek or Latin words. “J” Rule Defined The “J” Rule says, -dge is used after one short vowel at the end of one syllable words to spell “j.” “J” Rule Strategies The sound “j” is usually spelled with ge…

  • Short Vowel Rules

    Strategies for Teaching Short Vowel Rule: “CH” Rule

    The best part of using Orton Gillingham to teach or tutor is that the rules are clearly defined. For the Short Vowel Rules there is FLOSS, “CH” Rule, “J” Rule, and “K” Rule. Today we are going to talk about strategies for teaching “CH” Rule. Typically, Short Vowel Rule words are simple looking, one-syllable words that come from the Anglo-Saxon language. Words like, sack, dodge, grass, hatch. Longer words are typically Greek or Latin words. “CH” Rule Defined The “CH” Rule says, -tch is used after one short vowel at the end of one syllable words to spell “ch.” “CH” Rule Strategies The sound “ch” is usually spelled with ch…

  • Short Vowel Rules,  Uncategorized

    Strategies for Teaching Short Vowel Rule: FLOSS Rule

    The best part of using Orton Gillingham to teach or tutor is that the rules are clearly defined. For the Short Vowel Rules there is FLOSS Rule, “CH Rule,” “J Rule,” and “K Rule.” Here we are going to talk about strategies for teaching FLOSS. Typically, Short Vowel Rule words are simple looking, one-syllable words that come from the Anglo-Saxon language. Words like, sack, dodge, grass, hatch. Longer words are typically Greek or Latin words. FLOSS Rule Defined The Floss Rule says, Double the f, l, and s at the end of one-syllable words following a short vowel. FLOSS Strategies Depending on the age of your student, you can explain…

  • Tools

    Hey, Orton Gillingham, Where Do I Start?

    Where do we start? One question I think many tutors and teachers have when beginning Orton Gillingham as a teaching approach with students is, Where do I start? It’s a very reasonable question! My answer would be, start at the beginning. The reason for starting at the beginning is that Orton Gillingham is a sequential and cumulative approach – each part of the Scope & Sequence builds on the next. If you skip something, you may not realize a student doesn’t know it. Even an older student. For example, if you do not start at the beginning by pulling your consonant reading deck from your jewel box and at least…

  • 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…

  • Tips and Games,  Types of Syllables

    REVLOC Game Online, Fun with Syllable Division

    Syllable labeling and division is a major foundation of the Orton Gillingham approach. I posted, April 2020, a REVLOC game with a printout that you could cut out and have students sort syllables. Now, with many kids learning from home, I created a sorting game online. How To Play The colored blocks (at the bottom of the board) are the REVLOC + Misc. for each grid square. A student will need to drag those REVLOC letters to the top of each square in the grid. They can then drag each syllable to the appropriate square in REVLOC. If you have a student who is not familiar with one or more…