OG is an instructional approach intended primarily for those who have difficulty with reading, spelling and writing that is associated with dyslexia. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach NOT a method, program, system or technique.
Kara offers one-to-one tutoring in this approach to children twice a week in her home or at your child’s school. Your child does not need to be formally diagnosed with a reading disability to benefit from OG tutoring.
The OG approach is described as language based, multi sensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive and flexible.
I asses all children to see where they fall in a detailed scope and sequence and I also make necessary accommodations for children who have ADHD and/or other learning challenges.
I use all learning pathways: auditory; visual and kinesthetic when teaching to ensure the greatest ease in learning and success. Every session requires the student to read, spell and write. It’s not enough that a child can read a word, they must be able to spell it too.
Planning is diagnostic and prescriptive
Plans are diagnostic in the sense that I continually monitor the verbal, nonverbal and written responses of the student to identify problems and progress. This information is then used as the basis for the next lesson. That lesson is prescriptive in the sense that it resolves problems the student is having, while also building on the progress he or she has made in previous sessions.
I approach each lesson making sure the student understands what is to be learned, why it is to be learned and how it is to be learned. Information is presented in an ordered scope and sequence that moves from simple, well learned material to more complex.
The OG approach draws on the sound/symbol relationship in the alphabetic writing system. Students will master these relationships in the initial stages of decoding and encoding. In more advanced tutoring children will learn syllabic, morphemic, syntactic, semantic and grammatical structures of our language.
A close bond is established between myself and my students. Step-by-step as they master more complex language skills their self confidence in reading, spelling and writing blossoms. The goal is for the student to be a competent reader, writer and learner.
It’s not a quick fix
Everyone is individual and while some children may only need 40-60 tutoring sessions others often require much more. I follow the wise words of Anna Gillingham, “Go as fast as you can, but as slow as you must.”
A good explanation about why your child is struggling and what I do to help.