In Brainspring’s Phonics First® and Stuctures® programs, syllabication is one of the main components of the Five-Part Lesson Plan. The eight different syllable types are introduced one-at-a-time over a period of many, many lessons. Although students may use the Syllable Division Cards when identifying and labeling the different syllable types in the syllabication lessons, it Continue Reading
About Tammi Brandon
Welcome! My name is Tammi Brandon, and I have been a part of the Brainspring Educator Academy and Brainspring Learning Centers for over 20 years.
Before joining the Brainspring team, I earned my Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University (but don't worry University of Michigan fans, I like blue and gold as much as I like green and white). I then went on to earn my Master's of Education degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While working on my Master's degree, I had several unique educational opportunities including traveling from the headwaters of the Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico by foot, kayak, and bus, to study how the education systems change from one area to another. I also was able to learn about bi-lingual education there and in Quebec, Ontario, Canada. Amazed at how students were able to learn to read in two languages simultaneously, I began to research about reading acquisition.
As a young girl, reading came almost naturally to me. For others in my family, the same was not true. My father, brother, and daughter all have been diagnosed with Dyslexia. When I first learned about the Orton-Gillingham methodology, I was immediately drawn to it. Since 1996, I have been teaching, tutoring, and instructing other educators in the Brainspring Phonics First program, which is based on the principals of Orton-Gillingham. I have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of students improve their reading and spelling skills because of the multisensory reading they have received. I am so grateful to be a part of the Brainspring family and love that I get to see first-hand them impact that the Phonics First program has on students.
When not instructing, you will find me out riding my horse, playing on the water, or hitting the ski slopes. I also love to strap on a pair of inline skates or take a spin on my mountain bike. Traveling is another passion of mine. This past year has brought exciting adventures in Hawaii, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Whether I am sitting on an airplane or an armchair at home, I do love to curl up with a good book - anything from craft books to thrillers to short poems and stories.
Entries by Tammi Brandon
When someone says, “She has the neatest handwriting,” what are they really saying? What is it about someone’s writing that makes it so neat? Good writing, whether it be print or cursive, can be narrowed down to three simple things: size, slant, and spacing. 1 – Size Uniform size is one of the three factors Continue Reading
The Holidays are such a busy time of year. Sometimes during the hustle and bustle of the season, people find there isn’t much time left for reading. Here are some fun ways to fit reading with your children into this hectic time of year. The Twelve Books of Christmas: Just about everyone has heard the Continue Reading
We’ve all heard words like “aqueduct” and “hydrogen” and maybe even words such as “hydrocephalus” and “aquarellist”. But, do you know how these words are all related? They hail from Greek (hydro) and Latin (aqua) and mean “water”. Greek & Latin Roots In Brainspring’s Structures® curriculum, the roots hydro/hydra and aqua are taught in Module Continue Reading