Saturday, February 13, 2021

New Blog- Follow Me There

 Hi Everyone!

I have migrated to my new website

I hope you will join me there and follow me on Instagram and Facebook - @theinstructionhub

Thank you!

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!

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



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) ?

 Hi Everyone!

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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!!!

Candi : )

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Compound Words & a Freebie!

So we are down to 12 school days...I think.  It's the time of year when I get sentimental about my sweet firsties and try to talk them into staying with me next year.  I tell my husband I am sad to let them move up to which he replies, "you say this every year."  But it's true- you become very invested in their little lives and the daily routine is now at the point where it is fun and easier.  But next year will bring new little inquiring minds.

As the year is winding down and end of year assessments are being completed, I am able to see what areas need just that little bit of extra review before my sweet kiddos go to 2nd grade.  We work a lot on combining syllables, specifically focusing on syllable types- ie- combining closed and closed or closed and silent e, etc.  But after reviewing some informal assessments, I realized we needed a little more explicit instruction on plain ol' compound words.  I saw this cute Easter egg activity at The Lesson Plan Diva's site to create compound words.

I also included a freebie that I created.  You can download it here!

I hope everyone has a happy and peaceful end to your school year!  Summer is coming!
Candi : )

Monday, May 7, 2012


Please feel free to repost- but would you please link back to me : )

Wow- it has been awhile since I have posted.  There has been a lot going on and I could not find time to get my posts up.  But I have been taking pictures and videos of the happenings in class to share with my blog friends.   So as we are winding the school year, we have been doing a lot of review.  Blends (initial and final) are still bugaboos for some of my kiddos.  

For those of you familiar with Orton-Gillingham, you have probably seen the "blending drill pack."  Well this was my little addition to the process.  I had posted earlier about adding small sticky notes in order to create a "button" for each sound that the student could "push" as they said the sound.  The above video is an example of how I would complete this activity.

For Parents- This is a GREAT review tool for the summer and easy to make on notecards.  
For Teachers- this is a GREAT and quick warm-up for a lesson.
For OG Tutors- I complete this right after my Visual and Auditory Drills.

I hope this is helpful.  I promise more to come-more often.  Thanks for your patience!
Candi : )