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Christina and Wendy
Happy Thursday everyone! We would love to hear from you on what kind of information you would like to have. Send us an e-mail with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a comment here on our website, or on our Facebook page.
Would you like to know more about Orton-Gillingham tutoring or speech language therapy or evaluations? Would information about paperwork or communicating with your child’s school be helpful? Maybe advocacy tips for navigating a meeting at your child’s school? Tips for teaching social skills to your children? Resources in a specific area? Specific special education laws and resources?
We have a lot of information between the two of us and would love to hear from you on what would be most helpful!
Christina and Wendy
My Orton-Gillingham bag is full of fantastic resources and tools to help a child read. It is quite heavy! I was looking for a large bag that would zip close. I decided on this bag from Lands End because of the pockets on the inside and the heavy fabric.
Sitting right inside is my double blending board. I found this one on Etsy. It’s made in Colorado using blue stain pine. Love it as much as i do? Check out their Etsy site here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/245551667/18-single-blending-board-with-blue-stain?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=blending%20board&ref=sc_gallery_3&plkey=f08b7dba599f0db574d5a0464f6715fba28101e6:245551667
I have two sets of the OG card packs. These are used during each session to review sounds, teach new sounds, and practice how they are spelled. We than practice how to blend the sounds together on the board.
I found two perfectly sized containers at Target to hold my red and green crayons. You can buy just red or green crayons straight from amazon. Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=red+crayons
I have this little 31 tote bag inside that holds different sized sticky notes as well as extra colored index cards. It’s important to be able to find what I need quickly in my bag when working with a child.
Those colored index cards make the vowel tents. This is where we practice the open and closed sounds of the vowels not only in isolation but in words as well.
Flip those vowel tents inside out, prop them back up and you have the different sounds that -ed makes.
I love a good notebook! 🙂 I have a notebook for everything! Here is where I can quickly take notes on each student and later write it in their individual file.
No OG is complete without their multi-sensory sand. It has two different colors with two different grains. When we pour it on a paper plate and the student spells the sound, the color pops through.
Here’s where the inside pockets of my large bag come in handy. I have three small containers. One for glue sticks and tape, one for vowel intensive craft sticks, and one for highlighters and pens. I also have individual pouches of pencils and my scissors.
An important tool is the Recipe for Reading book. It has letter sounds, vowel digraphs, consonant blends, and spelling rules in a sequential cumulative order.
Another 31 bag that I previously had sits at the bottom of my bag with all of my file folders. I have an individual file folder for each student, assessments, literacy connection pieces, phonological awareness activities, encoding and decoding tools.
This is a wonderful tool for encoding phonetic words.
For decoding new words, students learn the different syllable division patterns. I personally love this activity. 🙂 The composition notebook is cut in half. After the student completes a decoding activity through syllable division, she/he glues it into their notebook to create an interactive colorful notebook with the syllable division rule. We also add vocabulary meanings when necessary. We use the highlighters here which not only makes it colorful but easy to locate the individual rules.
I stapled my baggies of felt to the inside of my Elkonin Boxes folders for students who need extra practice with Phonological Awareness.
This Phonological Awareness book creates practice of skills through fun and engaging games.
A file folder with everything I need to teach a new red word.
Another important piece is strengthening vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. I have books and folders of reading passages that align with the lesson being learned that specifically work on each of those three areas. I also have a file folder of different levels of reader’s theater for students to practice reading.
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Do you know that we have written over 55 posts? There is a lot of great information on our website but we are still navigating an easier way for you to find it. For now, if you go to our homepage and scroll down slightly you will see a sidebar on the right hand side that says “Archives.” August through January will be listed. When you click on a specific month, the posts that we have made during that time will be listed.
For August, we have written information on knowing your forms, differences between 504s and IEPs, what to do if your child is struggling in school. Here are a couple of direct links from August 504 and IEP’s: What’s the difference? and Know Your Forms-Referral For Help
In September, you can access posts about how to make connections with students, resources for schools, and our mission. Here are a couple of direct links to September’s posts Please Don’t Say “It Will Be Okay” and Know Your Forms-IEPs
When you browse through October’s posts, you will find information on how to teach our children to be includers, what can you do if your Team doesn’t agree on a decision in a meeting, what schools can’t tell you in meetings, and who benefits from social skills classes. Here are a couple of direct links Who Benefits From Social Skills Classes? and Executive Functioning Skills
November we introduced our Middle School OTB (outside of the box) Club and wrote details about what and how to perform a Functional Behavioral Analysis. You can find those here Middle Schoolers OTB (Outside The Box) Club and Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA)
In December, we wrote about the importance of assuming positive intent first Assume Positive Intent, school choices in North Carolina School Choice and how to formally request an evaluation from your child’s public school Requesting an Evaluation.
Also, as you browse through past posts, you will find photography paired with inspirational quotes. We also offer a free monthly parent/ guardian class on understanding the components to an IEP. We are excited to be hosting a Mindfulness class taught by Maria Hartemann once a month. Our six week session of social skills classes begin this upcoming Sunday. All monthly events are listed under the tab “Upcoming Events” at the top of our website. Check us out on FB as well! We are trying to “go live” once a week with answering questions that have been e-mailed to us. Do you have a topic that you would like to hear more about? Send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love connecting with you!
Christina and Wendy
This is one of our favorite quotes mixed with a picture of a bloom that Christina took while visiting the Biltmore House in North Carolina. It’s a good reminder for us, as parents, to keep moving forward in helping our children by setting reachable expectations and goals.
We would love for you to check us out on Facebook as well! We are trying to “go live” once a week with questions people have written to us regarding IEPs, 504s, schools, etc. If you have a question or a topic you would like to see, please e-mail it to us at email@example.com. To connect with us on FB, please click here https://www.facebook.com/Confident-Solutions-975856712534020/
We wish you all a wonderful weekend full of growth!
Christina and Wendy