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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Must Have Resources in Your OG Classroom

I wanted to share some of my go-to resources when I was teaching full time in an Orton-Gillingham based classroom. I taught 1st-3rd graders in the classroom; however, I have worked with Pre-K to 8th grade students- these resources are useful for all grade levels. I absolutely could not have done it without these amazing resources! I am an Associate Member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and hope to eventually finish the Certified Member training. 

This post is perfect for those who are just beginning to embark on receiving formal Orton-Gillingham training and will be implementing the approach into their classrooms! It is also great for those looking to expand their resource libraries or considering receiving formal Orton-Gillingham training. 

Brain Matters is a perfect place to start! This resource gives you a quick look at brain anatomy... the science behind this approach will certainly have your "mind blown!" By reading this book, you will feel more comfortable talking to parents about how the brain functions and stores information. 

How to Teach Spelling is a wonderful resource to help make lesson planning easier and less time consuming. We all know that there is never enough time in our day right? Need a refresher on all of those rules...this is your go to resource! Need structured word lists, phrases, and sentences....this is your go to resource too! 

The Gillingham Manual has everything OG! This was the first resource I received in my Associate Level training. It details what an Orton-Gillingham lesson looks like and how to teach each component of the lesson. Use tabs to help organize the information.

Speech to Print , Speech to Print 2nd Edition, and Unlocking Literacy are great additions to your resources library! After reading Speech to Print you will be able to understand the language essentials such as terminology and speech sound formation as manner of articulation (what is a fricative? affricate? glide? liquid?). Unlocking Literacy gives an excellent explanation on the structure of the English Language.  I especially like the nonphonetic word lists in Unlocking Literacy (I call these words RED words and used them as spelling words since the spelling must be memorized) as well as the lists for prefixes, suffixes, and roots. 

PS: Prefixes, Suffixes, Roots is perfect for your higher level students and will help make lesson planning a breeze! It's pricey but well worth the $!

Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills

Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills is jam packed with everything you need to know about multisensory teaching and structured literacy.  Online materials are also available including sample lessons and lesson plan templates. It is a little pricey, but worth it for its size and amount of information.

Phrases & Sentences for Reading & Spelling

Tap the cover above for the link to this amazing time and headache saving resource. Writing phonetically controlled sentences is certainly a difficult, time consuming task. You won't regret this purchase.

More recommendations for the teacher's summer reading list (tap the cover for the link): 

Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World 

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-based Program for Reading Problems At Any Level

S. Shaywitz's Overcoming Dyslexia(OvercomingDyslexia,A New andCompleteScience-Based Program forReading Problems atAny Level[Deckle Edge][Hardcover])(2003)

Books to add to your classroom library:

The Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia

SAM IS STUCK: Decodable Chapter Books for Kids with Dyslexia by [Cigdem Knebel]


Does your brain hurt? After reading all of those resources it will be on fire!! Let's lighten it up a bit with some fun must have manipulatives for your OG Classroom!! Find the word building dominoes, magnetic letters, double dice , sand , playdoh by clicking on the title! 

I wish you the best of luck with starting on your Orton-Gillingham Training Journey and classroom transformation! Thank you for all you do for your students! You are changing the world, one student at a time! 

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