Full of Beans on Book Talk Thursday

So, I've taken a break from Book Talk Thursday. The truth is, I started reading the elementary books and found that many of them had a very similar theme, which I will write about in one post. But the book I am going to discuss today did not follow that same theme in any way.
The Great Depression in Key West comes to life in this fun book by Jennifer L. Holm. You don't want to miss the fun in Full of Beans!

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Imagine you are in Key West. During the Great Depression! The book Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm does just that. She shows us what this favorite vacation spot once was and how it became a tourist destination through the eyes of a young boy.

Orton-Gillingham in Small Groups: Planning for Success

The first time I heard about Orton-Gillingham, I was intrigued by it all. When I realized my son struggled some with reading, I wondered how it worked and if it could help him. When I finally had a chance to learn how I could use this with small groups, I took full advantage of it. Little did I know that the planning would be crucial for making it work as it should.
Finding the best way to plan for Orton-Gillingham can be simple. The right balance will help you and your students be successful!

As I said before, once the training was over, I thought I was ready to take on the world! But the planning and organization ~ oh my!

Book Matching Relentlessly in Literacy Land

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If you've been following along with the book study for From Striving to Thriving (affiliate link) with Adventures in Literacy Land, I'm there today discussing the hows and whys of book matching. Head on over by clicking {here} or on the picture below.

And if you haven't been following along, you must get this book and read it!


Orton-Gillingham in Small Groups: Working Magic Daily!

Last summer I was accepted into Virginia's pilot program for using Orton-Gillingham in the school setting. After spending 4 days in what felt like a crash course for OG, I was ready to take all I learned into my interventions. At least I thought I was ready! All year I worked to make multi-sensory methods happen seamlessly in my interventions every single day.
Teaching students with the Orton-Gillingham method helps students learn and use phonics skills to decode words. Small group instruction with OG can help all students succeed with reading every day.

The state gave me all the materials I would need to help me get started. I spent days laminating and cutting to prepare for the two third grade groups I would start out with. But that was the beginning of a lot of work and learning!