Orton-Gillingham in Small Groups: Engaging in SOS

No, the ship isn't sinking, but we also don't want our students to sink when it comes to effective tools for reading and writing. Simultaneous Oral Spelling, SOS for short, helps students learn to read and write in a super effective way. But, how do you make it work in small groups?
Simultaneous Oral Spelling is the keystone to success with Orton-Gillingham instruction. Keep it exciting with these fun ways to engage students in the process.

Jabari Jumps into Book Talk Thursday!

It's pool season! Time all of us to let go and enjoy time at the pool in the hot sun. But what happens when it's your turn to jump off the diving board and get a little scared?
When life has scary moments, we can all be prepared to face those fears. Jabari reminds us of that in this Virginia Readers' Choice selection.

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Sing, Don't Cry this Book Talk Thursday

Times can be tough for many of our families, no matter the socioeconomic status. We have to be mindful of the things going on in our students' families to gain a better understanding of the why of behaviors and life. Today's Book Talk Thursday is one that can help everyone feel a little better, no matter what
When life seems tough, we have to find a way to make it better. Sing, Don't Cry, a Virginia Readers' Choice book, reminds us of just that.
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Dyslexia: It's Not Your Fault!

This post has been sitting as a draft for a long time. Now, it's time to tell my story.
When you've done everything to help your own child read, and it's not working, don't blame yourself. Dyslexia is NOT your fault!

I did everything right. I read to my kids BEFORE they were born. I read to them every night. I showed them words in a literacy rich environment. I'm a reading specialist. My kids should be reading by the time they are 4, before kindergarten, but neither of them did. I tried. I tried hard, but they couldn't grasp the concept.

So, I chalked it up to the fact that they were developmentally not ready. But were they?