This product is a perfect supplement to introductory reading lessons using the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading. The resource provides 46 original controlled-reading selections for the most beginning level student who is just learning to read. An Orton-Gillingham tutor would use these decodable selections to practice oral reading fluency. The selections provide specific targeted practice of the beginning sounds taught in the scope and sequence of Orton-Gillingham.
In introductory O-G lessons, whether the student is in kindergarten or seventh grade, I begin with the same sequence for introducing (or re-introducing) the sound-symbol correspondence for 13 consonants and 3 vowels. I use the order shown below:
• m, a, f, s, b, & t for Lessons 1 & 2
• h, j, p, k, & i for Lesson 3
• c, o, r, l, & g for Lesson 4
It is extremely difficult to find controlled reading passages when the student has been exposed to only a few sounds-symbols. And an O-G tutor must ONLY provide reading experiences that include sounds and symbols already introduced. In these 46 selections, I have provided reading practice using ONLY the consonants and vowels listed above. The selections I have posted are original.
When I was a beginning tutor, I provided students with sentences as a list on a page. Then I practiced providing sentences one word at a time, with only one word on a single index card, and I placed the cards on a table or the floor, one card at a time. As the sentence grew, the student re-read from the beginning when each new word was added. Since my students experienced such success and felt more confident when I presented the sentences one word at a time, I developed these fluency-builder graduated sentence selections. My beginners love them! I hope you do too!
NOTE: If you are familiar with Orton-Gillingham, you will already understand the sequence of the presentation of sounds-symbols. I have written beginning lessons for introducing 14 consonants, 4 vowels, and the digraph -ck . Look for O-G Lessons 1-7 posted separately on TpT. The lessons, and the approach, can guide any teacher in providing superior reading instruction in a whole group K-2 literacy setting, in an ESOL or Early Intervention resource setting, and as a one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutor.