Orton-Gillingham (OG) Tutoring
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Orton-Gillingham is a scientifically proven instruction method which utilizes a multisensory, systematic, accumulative, and structured approach to teaching the mechanics of the English language – reading, spelling, grammar, and composition. By incorporating as many senses in the instruction and practice of concepts taught, it allows as many neurons in the brain to fire together at the same time. It is well know that neurons that fire together wire together, which allows the brain to more reliably retain the concepts taught and how it is implemented into the English language.
During each tutoring session, your child with receive instruction in phonemic awareness, letters to sounds (decoding – AKA reading), learned words reading and spelling (words that don’t follow the phonics rules), reading (words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs decoding), spelling generalizations, syllable types and syllable division, sounds to letters in words, phrases, and dictation sentences (encoding – AKA spelling), and accuracy and fluency reading drills.
OG tutoring must take place a minimum of twice a week for 50-minutes. Three or more times is best, but we understand there is only so much time in a day.
Lessons are scheduled for 50-minutes, which allows time for your child’s tutor to make vital notes following the tutoring session so they know how to best prepare for the next tutoring session.
A semester commitment is expected when enrolling your child.
Materials Needed to Get Started
- 2″ – 3-prong Binder with Clear Front and Back Outside Pockets
- Avery 8-tab Dividers
- A Binder Pencil Pouch
- Frixion Multicolored Pens, Mechanical Pencils, Highlighters
- Colored Printer (lesson worksheets are color coded and are best in color)
- 3-hole Paper Puncher
- Craft Plastic Canvas cut down to approximately 8.5″ x 11″
- Printer and Card Stock Paper
- Book Rings
- Computer or Laptop with camera for Zoom (touch screen is fantastic!!)
- Optional: Document Camera
- Successfully identitfy and define vowels, consonants, and vowel and consonant letter combinations
- Gain and strengthen phonological awareness through word manipulation by isolation, segmentation, addition, deletion, substitution, blending, and stretching sounds
- Gain and strengthen the skill of random automatic naming (RAN)
- Gain reading fluency by easily recognizing sounds, letters, spelling patterns, spelling generalizations, and syllable types taught and appropriately and automatically apply them to decoding and encoding
- Mastery of encoding and decoding learned words that do not follow phonemic rules
- Ability to break words into their smallest components with meaning (base words and affixes)
- Gain and strengthen comprehension by strengthening background knowledge and vocabulary through exposure to word study and quality stories
- Develop writing composition skills by applying the above goals to retell facts and stories in a well-constructed, thought-provoking way
- Most importantly, gain confidence and self-esteem by being taught in a way that makes sense to the dyslexic brain
Practice of the skills and concepts taught during tutoring sessions is vital to retention and integration of each lesson. Homework is never assigned to just keep a student busy, but it always has a specific purpose for which is was assigned. The more time spend time practicing doing the games, activities, reading, flash cards, etc the more quickly your child may move through each level of the Orton-Gillingham program. Every effort is made to make the homework as fun and engaging as possible in an effort to encourage the student to do what is assigned. Daily reading of twenty minutes a day cannot be recommended highly enough. Audiobooks are also highly recommended to continue building the student’s background knowledge and vocabulary.