• 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…

  • Orton Coaching Videos,  Tools

    Orton Gillingham Coaching: Scope & Sequence, Should I Use One? What Does Multi-Sensory Look Like?

    Scope & Sequence, the Way to See the Macro & Micro of OG Your Orton Gillingham Scope and Sequence is your roadmap as a teacher, and it can also serve as a check-list. It’s a great way to see the broad picture of your subject. Many curriculums that are as comprehensive as OG come with a scope and sequence. In the OGforALL Scope and Sequence Workbooks, each book comes with a broad scope and sequence as well as a smaller, “what’s in the book,” scope and sequence. How Do You Know it’s an OG Scope & Sequence? Orton Gillingham starts with the most basic unit of sound, the phoneme, and…

  • 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…

  • Orton Coaching Videos,  Syllable Division,  Types of Syllables

    Orton Gillingham Coaching: Syllable Types & Strategies for Teaching the Concept of Syllables

    Syllable types are a big part of Orton Gillingham teaching. Syllable types lead to syllable division, and syllable division leads to reading fluency. This video explains the REVLOC system of syllable types, the teaching order of syllable types, how to introduce the concept of syllables, and strategies for teaching closed syllables. Links: Scope & Sequence Workbooks: https://bit.ly/2YN0XDP Workbook Store: https://bit.ly/3llnvDp Sheet with REVLOC Explained in Video: https://bit.ly/3Ae04RZ Whiteboard in video: https://amzn.to/3zxk1CL SYLLABLE DOMINANCE – REVLOC In OG we use REVLOC as a Guide for Syllable Types. It’s a made-up word that gives us the syllable names for decoding words later. We start by teaching syllable types. REVLOC stands for R-Controlled,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • 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…