Raising a Reader: A Six-Step Guide

As parents and educators, we all want our children to grow up and become successful adults. In our society, being successful and fulfilling the American Dream requires the skill of literacy. Without it, the hope of living the American Dream diminishes. Our society is literacy driven – even the most mundane tasks like filling out Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Connect Four Spelling

Spelling skills are very important to both reading skills and writing skills.  We at Brainspring Orton-Gillingham feel a student has mastered a phonetic concept when the student can both read and spell the concept.  Spelling reinforces reading skills.  It is very common to be able to read words you can’t spell, but it is very Continue Reading

Reading Fluency: Addressing the Elephant in the Room

As reading instructors, we have all cringed as we sit and listen to students who stutter and stammer through a reading passage. At the same time, we applaud our students’ deliberate effort as they practice the decoding skills we have taught them. As reading skills develop and decoding skills strengthen, fluency becomes the “elephant in Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- French Fry Fun Vowels

One of the biggest struggles for many students is learning which vowel or vowel combination to use when spelling an unfamiliar word. As professional educators, we might use the Advanced Vowel Intensive to help students determine which grapheme to use for any given phoneme. While this is a wonderful tool, I find that my students Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Short Vowels Book

Do you have students who require a great deal of teaching time due to poor reading skills? Mastery of short vowel sounds can be very problematic and require continuous review, which can bring reading progress to a halt. This Short Vowel Book can be used as a multisensory learning tool to support student memory and Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- /nk/ and /ng/ Families

Welcome to Multisensory Monday! The -ng and -nk endings can be tricky for students.  Here is a creative multisensory activity to help students visualize the -ng and -nk endings as “families”.  Materials             DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE  Stapler Scissors Paper Glue Stick Marker Directions Fold pink, inner paper in half (“Hamburger style”).  Continue Reading

Visual-Spatial Learners

If you’ve ever done a google search on psychology related subjects, you may have at some point stumbled upon the image below. It’s creative, colorful, intriguing, and packs a load of information into a single image. It immediately provokes introspection.  When I first saw the image, it left me questioning my own cognitive processes. Am Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Prepositions

Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of students using the Phonics First® program. I love the multisensory nature of the program and have found ways to incorporate multisensory techniques into other subject areas, including grammar. I distinctly remember my sixth grade teacher making us memorize a list of prepositions in alphabetical order. I Continue Reading

The Importance of Controlled Readers

What are Controlled Readers? And Why are they Important to Emerging and Struggling Readers? Controlled Readers are an excellent resource for beginning and struggling readers, yet they are seldom used in most reading programs.   They are extremely effective for helping students gain confidence in reading while also building fluency.  Controlled Readers are a series of Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Slam! Game

Welcome to Multisensory Monday…on Tuesday!  Sometimes it is nice to spice up Red Word review!  What better way to spice things up than with a game!  This game is cheap to make and easy to play.  It can also be adapted to cover a variety of skills. MATERIALS *Popsicle sticks with current Red Words written on Continue Reading