Blog: Orton-Gillingham Weekly

What is Scarborough's Reading Rope?

Posted by Brainspring on 13th Jun 2024

Where was Scarborough's Reading Rope back when I started teaching? After going through college as an education major in the 90s, the complexities of reading, including how one learns to read and co … read more

Learning the Alphabet: How to Teach

Posted by Brainspring on 4th Jun 2024

So, you are ready to teach a child to read! There is some debate on whether a child needs to know the letter names or that just knowing the letter sounds is essential to reading. This debate see … read more

Learning to Read: The Starting Point

Posted by Brainspring on 17th Mar 2021

[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2019.] Today’s blog gives a quick glimpse into the astounding, yet complicated, way in which our brains first start learning … read more

“Stop making the words swirl!”

Posted by Brainspring on 28th Jan 2021

Almost seven years ago, I attended a class called “How to Screen for Dyslexia” instructed by Susan Barton, author of The Barton Spelling System and recognized by the International Dyslexia Association … read more

Kindergarten Reading Readiness

Posted by Brainspring on 13th Jan 2021

One of the most common questions I am asked is, “What does my child need to know before starting Kindergarten?” Kindergartners are expected to know a lot by the end of their school year, and psycholog … read more