Friday, July 19, 2013

I'm Back!

Well after custom domain problems and a new baby, I am finally back on! Yeah!  I am looking forward to sharing new ideas with all of my teacher friends!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Number Formation Practice

Ok kinder-teachers I must admit I could NEVER do your job....well let's not say never, but it would be a stretch. I admire your patience and bravery : ) But I beg of thee great Kindergarten teachers continue to explicitly teach number formation.  Especially working with the population of students that I do, number reversals is a huge problem.  Of course I know you know this, but for some reason I am still encountering people who think that the reversals are simply developmental.  Maybe- but not always. We firsties always appreciate the work you do, but especially with this skill.

Using the Orton Gillingham lesson plan in math as well as language, I begin the year with an auditory drill of number formation practice. After we trace each number in our visual drill, I then dictate a number, the students echo the number, then find it on their practice sheet to trace.  Continued reinforcement! So here is the doc, you can download it HERE.

I would also refer you to Marilyn Zecher's website for a song for each number formation- of you don't already have one.  Here is her site:

What The World Doesn't Know About Dyslexia

Tomorrow is a pretty exciting event for my school.  We are hosting "What the World Dosen't Know About Dyslexia."  This is a free event to our community to spread awareness about dyslexia.  I get the pleasure of presenting a break out session on "What is Orton Gillingham?"  I am pretty excited...and maybe a little nervous.  Anyways- you should check out my schools website for archived sessions from this great event.  Here is the site:   or

Thursday, July 19, 2012

OG Lesson Flow/Behavior Chart

We are on the next two last day of our 2012 Orton Gillingham Associate Level Training.  Almost done!  It has been a great week, and what an awesome group of trainees!  The thing I love about training is the friendships, networking, and extended learning communities that are developed.

If you don't know about the Orton Gillingham Approach or Trainings you should definitely check it out.  Ask any of the trainees.....well maybe wait a week or two until their brains have had a break and their opinions not so frazzled (just kidding).

So for all of you new trainees or Orton tutors, trainer, teachers, parents, etc. here is a schedule/checklist I created for my little friends who need a visual reminder of the flow of the lesson.  It also has a component where you or the student can monitor how they feel they are doing in each of the portions of the lesson.  ++ = Giving my best work  + =Just ok   triangle= needs work.  I have also built in Brain Breaks (stretching, yoga moves, joke, settle your thoughts jar, etc.) where I felt were natural breaks in the lesson.  This is based on a 30-45 minute lesson and you may want to extend the length of the brain break.

You can download the freebie here!   
Hope it is helpful!
Candi : )

Check Yourself
My Very Best

Just Ok

Work on It
Warm Up

Visual Drill

Auditory Drill

BRAIN BREAK!!!!!!! -30 Seconds
Words to Read

Words to Spell

BRAIN BREAK!!!!!!! -30 Seconds
New Info-

Words to Read

Words to Spell

BRAIN BREAK!!!!!!! -30 Seconds



Friday, July 13, 2012

Multisensory Math Training

Hi Blog World!

I just wanted to put it out there that my math co-chair and I will be doing a Multisensory Math Training on August 6th.  Here is the link where you can sign up:

We will cover the Big 5 (numbers/operations, geometry, measurement, data analysis, algebra) and give you ideas for how to teach components of each using the sequence of teaching at the concrete level (manipulatives), representational (picture, symbol), and abstract (problem solving, computation, numerals).    We will also share how these relate to the Common Core Standards and show you how we teach the concepts using the Orton Gillingham Principles.

Check it out

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Subtract All and a freebie!

Wow! It's been a few weeks since I have posted.  But what a fun, but busy, month it has been.  I recently finished my first OG training as on-site director.  It was a blast!  Thank you to Jane Childers and all of the wonderful teachers from The Learning Center at The Lexington School who participated!     You ladies made it a truly wonderful experience and I hope to continue working with you!

So as I prepare for Math camp, I put together a quick resource on Subtracting All (or none).  I think we sometimes forget how important it is to directly and explicitly teach the vocabulary of the content.  I know I am guilty of getting caught up in what I am teaching and assuming they know more than they do.  So here is the freebie.

For those of you in the Lexington area you should check out this wonderful school:
The Lexington School

I hope you all have a safe and Happy 4th!  - Candi : )

                                                  A funny from Pinterest to leave you with:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Do you need to FLOSS (Z) ?

No I am not working on a unit having to do with teeth.  Instead we are reviewing on of the spelling patterns we have learned this year.  We have rules that we group as "short vowel flags."  Well the FLOSS(Z) rule is one of them.  If you are unfamiliar with the rule (which I was until I started my OG training) here it is:
If there is a-
1 syllable word with
1 short vowel
ending in F, L, S, or Z
you DOUBLE the FINAL consonant!!!
Here is a picture of the activity on my board:
Feel Free to Repost, but please link back to me:)

To use it, I just printed on card stock, cut out, and put magnetic tape on the back of each card.  The clipart will be different, because for the freebie I created my own clipart so that I was not using someone without permission.

Candi : )