This is a task that we do in every single lesson. If you aren’t familiar with the sound drill, it is when the clinician shows the student a card with a letter on it, and the students have to immediately say what sound/sounds that letter (or letter combination) makes. We always start our lessons with this.Read More
If you’ve been around with us for awhile you know how passionate we are about Structured Literacy. But don’t feel bad if you’re still wondering: What is Structured Literacy? It’s actually a rather new term that’s taking over what’s more been more popularly known as:Orton-Gillingham or (OG) Reading InstructionRead More
When we think of Reading Intervention, we often refer to the Jenga Tower. This stems from the game Jenga where players take turns strategically pulling blocks out of a tower. Each block is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively taller and more unstable structure.Read More
With conferences upon us and a new reporting period staring us down, it is the perfect time to evaluate where are students stand after their first reporting period, and to possibly re-adjust our grouping.
Using data you gathered during this first quarter (DRA, iReady, STAR testing, or another common assessment) you can plot your students on our this diamond in order to get a clear picture about how to proceed with ability based grouping for the upcoming quarter.Read More
My name is Mackenzie, and I am dyslexic.
Some of my earliest memories of school are feelings of frustration, confusion, sadness, and feeling lonely. Another memory that still makes my stomach hurt today is trying to memorize math facts. I have a great memory for some things; song lyrics, things people say, and pictures. But, remembering letters and numbers is a totally different story.Read More
So this can be one of the most challenging things we face as interventionists - what activities do I pull to target specific weaknesses for my students? And how can I do that without spending a TON of extra time that I don’t really have?
We all want the very best for our students, it’s our mission and our goal to be providing the best possible instruction to help completely eliminate reading and spelling gaps.Read More
Here we are with our last syllable type! If you’ve been with us since the beginning of this series you’re all caught up on the crazy reading and spelling rules you may have never heard of - we certainly hadn’t. If you missed learning about all the spelling rules with the other syllable types - go back and check them out!Read More
Thanks for sticking with us and our series of The Reading & Spelling Rules Nobody Ever Taught You. The fifth syllable type we talk about is Vowel Teams. This is when two vowels stick together to make one sound. Think of the vowel sounds in words like rain, play, green, key, goat, boil, etc. Vowel teams can be kind of tricky so we have added a FREE bonus at the end of this blog!Read More
Welcome to week 4 in our series of The Reading & Spelling Rules That Nobody Taught You. In this post, we are going to talk about the fourth syllable type we teach to our students, Open Syllables.
The Open Syllable is the opposite of a Closed Syllable. Remember, a Closed Syllable is a syllable with one vowel that is closed in at the end with a consonant.Read More
So we’ve been talking all about the reading and spelling rules that were brand new to us when we began to learn about Structured Literacy and the “science” behind the English language. Check out our blogs on Closed Syllable Rules and Magic E (VCE) Rules over here.
If you are anything like me, these rules actually start to become Earth shattering. Like why did I not know this? How come no one ever taught me when to use c versus k versus ck? That would have been so helpful…Read More