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The Orton-Gillingham Approach

All About Reading and All About Spelling combine the Orton-Gillingham approach with the latest research and proven reading and spelling rules.

What is the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching spelling?

The Orton-Gillingham approach was developed by Dr. Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham. The method has these key characteristics:

  • Multisensory. The lessons involve all the major pathways to the brain: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Students learn best when they get involved in lessons using sight, sound, and touch.
  • Sequential. Concepts are taught in a logical, well-thought-out sequence.
  • Incremental. Each lesson carefully builds upon the previous lesson. Lessons progress from simple to more complex.
  • Cumulative. The method integrates constant review of previously-taught concepts.
  • Individualized. The unique needs of each student are met. Some students need extra review in order to master a concept, while others are ready for additional challenges. This individualized approach guarantees that the student is always making progress without forgetting what has been previously taught.
  • Based on phonograms.
  • Explicit. Students are taught exactly what they need to know in a direct manner. They don’t have to guess or try to figure out the patterns of the English language by themselves. The teaching is very clear and straightforward.

All About Reading and All About Spelling apply all of these features of the Orton-Gillingham method to teaching reading and spelling. Now it is possible for you to teach reading and spelling effectively without extensive training or prior experience.