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Hi, I’m Karina, a mom, a teacher, and an advocate for kids who learn differently.  Here at My PRIDE, my goal is to provide parents, tutors, and teachers with tips, resources, and positive encouragement.

Orton-Gillingham Training for Everyone!

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and I have a special treat for you in honor of this month. PRIDE Reading Program is offering you a free Orton-Gillingham Training Course!!! Yes, you heard that correctly, it is FREE! At PRIDE Reading Program, we are huge advocates...

Homeschooling with Dyslexia: Can I Do It?

You Can Do It! Congratulations on choosing to homeschool your child with dyslexia!  It is going to be a wonderful journey. Are you wondering how it is different from regular homeschooling? It isn't too different, just a few extra tweaks. On today’s post, I am going to...

How Can I Help my Child with Apraxia of Speech Read?

Speech and reading struggles go hand in hand. If your child is having difficulties saying the sounds then they will also have difficulties reading the sounds. If you are wondering how to help your child with Apraxia of Speech learn to read, you have come to the right...

How Do I Organize My Letter Tiles in Orton-Gillingham?

I use letter tiles with every lesson I teach in Orton-Gillingham. I give the kids 10 words to build with their tiles. They say the word, bring down each sound they hear in the word and then blend the sounds together to read the word. By the time the kids are in Level...

Welded Sounds Walk: An Orton-Gillingham Game

Welded Sounds in Orton-Gillingham can be a lot of fun to learn if you put some movement into it. On today’s post I am going to show you how to play the Welded Sounds Walk, a really fun Orton-Gillingham Game that the kids love to play. Getting Started Materials Needed:...

Orton-Gillingham in the Classroom

The PRIDE Reading Program is the perfect option for schools and districts to implement the Orton-Gillingham approach. It can be used in a variety of educational settings, including both in the regular and special education classrooms and also in both private and public schools. We have received so much feedback from teachers all over the world and the response has been amazing!

Digraph Beanbag Toss: An Orton-Gillingham Game

Learning Digraphs (sh, th, wh, ch)  can be really fun in Orton-Gillingham if you make a game out of it.  On today’s post I am going to share with you a really fun activity that will give your kids a chance to use some movement while practicing their digraphs. Here is...

Letter Sound Jump: An Orton-Gillingham Game

I work with a big group of kinesthetic learners. These kids need to move in order to learn best. On today’s post I am going to share with you a really fun movement game that will give your kids a chance to use their entire body while learning. Here is how you play the Letter Sound Jump, a really fun Orton-Gillingham game.

How to Make Word Family Booklets

This Word Family Booklet is the easiest activity to make and gives those kiddos a nice opportunity to practice reading three letter words.  On today’s post I am going to give you the instructions how to make these great little word family booklets as well as give you...

How to Teach Rhyming

Rhyming is an important step in the reading development of children. Rhyming draws attention to the different sounds in our language and that words actually come apart. For example, if your child knows that jig and pig rhyme, they are focused on the ending ig. This helps lay the groundwork for teaching phonemic awareness which is the most crucial foundation for reading. Here are some ideas on how to teach rhyming to your kids.

3 Reasons to Homeschool in Summer

There is no right or wrong way to homeschool. Some families homeschool year round, taking shorter breaks all year round while others plan on a long summer break. Both approaches have their advantages. On today’s post, I am going to give you my top 3 reasons to homeschool in summer.

Dig into Some Reading and Gardening This Summer!

Summer is finally here! I can’t wait to get out into the garden and plant my summer veggies and colorful flower garden. I’m a pretty intense gardener, and I have some pretty happy little helpers that like to come and dig in the dirt with me. On today’s post, I am...

5 Signs Your Child Has Apraxia of Speech

Do you suspect your child may have apraxia of speech? Apraxia can be a difficult diagnosis for parents because they watch their child struggle to talk but don’t see any muscular abnormalities when their child is trying to articulate. Here are some red flags that I have observed.

5 Best Games for ADHD Kids

Games are such a great way to motivate and reward kids with ADHD. Not all games work though, some can become frustrating and others can become overstimulating. Here are the 5 best games for ADHD kids and why you should play them.

How to Get Your Dyslexic Child to Read Challenging Books

Reading will be the area where your child’s dyslexia is likely to have the most obvious impact. As your child reads books either at home or in school, your child will confront the dyslexia on a daily and ongoing basis. How can you help? In this post, I will give you...

Taking Pain Out of Homework

Most parents have at least one homework nightmare story to tell. It probably goes something like this: An agitated child approaches tentatively, lip quivering, eyes watering. You ask what’s wrong, knowing it’s a homework issue. Your child manages to blurt out that...

Apraxia of Speech Reading Help

Apraxia of Speech is a speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to correctly pronounce syllables and words. When a child struggles in saying the sounds, they simultaneously struggle with reading, writing and comprehending the sounds because they are all...

First Grade Benchmarks

The school year is coming to an end and as a parent of a first grader your thoughts are probably turning towards second grade.  Is your child ready for second grade reading? On today’s post I am going to give you a list of first grade benchmarks that was included in a...

The Visual Learner

All children learn in different ways. Some are more auditory or kinesthetic type learners while others tend to be more visual and need to “see” concepts or ideas. So, how do we teach to different learners? We use what is called Multisensory instruction. Multisensory...

Strategies for Helping Your Child’s Language Skills

I know how crucial early language and literacy skills are for young children. It sets the tone for the rest of their lives. As my children are now growing up, they will never forget all of the books we read together, the songs we sang together and the games we played...

Homeschooling with Auditory Processing

If you are wondering how to homeschool your child with auditory processing, you've come to the right place. On today’s post, I am going to help you on your path to a positive homeschooling with auditory processing experience!   Use Phonemic Awareness Activities Use...

6 Signs Your Child Has Dyslexia

On today’s post I am going to share the most common warning signs of dyslexia.  Dyslexia is really common and 1 in every 5 kids in the classroom has it.  These warning signs can begin as early as preschool.   So, if you are wondering if your child might have dyslexia,...

Dyslexic Characters in Children’s Books

My kids love being read to and if I pick out stories that they can relate to and identify with the main characters they especially like that. Together we discuss the struggles that these dyslexic characters go through and then how everything always kind of works out...

How to Teach Orton-Gillingham Red Words

Orton-Gillingham red words are those words that cannot be sounded out phonetically and do not follow any particular phonemic rule.  They are red because the students need to stop (like a stop sign) and think about them.  Here is how I teach the Orton-Gillingham Red Words step by step -see it in action!

13 Multisensory Spelling Strategies

Teaching spelling with multisensory spelling activities really helps kids learn those difficult to spell words. Check out this list of 13 multisensory spelling activities you can do with your child at home.

Orton-Gillingham to the Rescue!

The English Language Learning to read in English would be so simple if all similar-sounds were spelled the same. They aren’t. English has so many difficult spelling rules! Take for example the letter ‘a’ as in the word ‘cake.’ The long ‘a’ sound is written differently...

Reading Comprehension and The PRIDE Reading Program

The PRIDE Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham research-based approach that has been proven successful at helping students who struggle with dyslexia, auditory and visual processing, speech deficits and other learning difficulties. The PRIDE Reading Program meets all of the Orton-Gillingham criteria: it is language-based, multisensory, structured, systematic and cumulative. And now…. it is even wonderful for students who struggle with comprehension!

The Kinesthetic Learner

This is the child that needs to move!  This child wiggles, kicks their legs, bounces a lot and just can’t sit still.  These kids learn by using their bodies and their kinesthetic learning modalities to help get information to their brain.  They learn as they do.  Kinesthetic learners learn best through movement of their large or gross motor muscles.  

Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia

Are you planning on homeschooling your dyslexic child? As both a professional in the field of Special Education as well as the mother of two dyslexic children, I support you 100% in this decision! A child with dyslexia needs a lot of additional support, both academic and also emotional. Homeschooling a child with dyslexia can make a crucial difference not only in how well your child does in their academics but also how comfortably they will deal with their dyslexia in their everyday life.

Dyslexia Tutor – finding the right one!

Are you trying to find a dyslexia tutor near you but don’t know where to go or what to do? The internet is filled with tutors out there, but how do you know which one to chose and if they are qualified enough to teach a child with dyslexia. Here is everything you will need to know about finding the right dyslexia tutor for your child.

Multisyllabic Words – How to Teach Them

As a very special October treat, we have guest blogger Emily Gibbons from the Literacy Nest to share some really helpful and practical tips teaching multisyllabic words to struggling readers. THANK YOU Emily, for writing such a great post for our PRIDE readers! And… check out her Orton-Gillingham teaching products, they are really awesome!

How to Teach Orton-Gillingham Open Syllables

There are six different syllable types that students must learn in order to master spelling.   Why is this important?  Well for starters, we use syllables for mastering spelling.  We first break down spelling words in our heads, and then write these words out syllable...

Can’t Afford Dyslexia Tutoring? Here Is What You Do…

Can’t afford dyslexia tutoring? Do not fret, you can teach your dyslexic child yourself. The PRIDE Reading Program is heavily scripted out. Parents can follow the script step-by-step. The Teaching Guide is digital and easy to follow. The child has a workbook that they write in, and is also given manipulatives such as a sound chart, phoneme cards, letter tiles, and more. There are also training videos that parents can use each step of the way. It is super easy to use.

How I use Orton-Gillingham Sky Writing with my Students

The student writes a letter in the air and names the letter at the exact same time she is writing it. She then underlines the letter in the air and says the letter’s sound. This approach allows the student to use her whole body when learning the correct letter formation and sound it makes. She will also visualize the letter or letters floating in the air.

How to Improve Reading Fluency in Children

Do you watch your child struggle to read a book that you feel is just perfect for their age and reading level? Is the reading choppy and slow? I have some ideas and activities you can try out with your children at home to get those kiddos reading fluently and with expression. But first, let’s figure out what grade level he or she is reading comfortably at.

How I use the Blending Drill in Orton-Gillingham

I love using the Blending Drill in Orton-Gillingham with my students and actually think it is one of the most important steps in the Orton-Gillingham lesson. My students have to practice the sounds in isolation and create nonsense words, so they are forced to use...

Dyslexia – Everything You Need to Know

Dyslexia is a persistent learning difference that one does not outgrow. With early detection, proper intervention, and certain accommodations, dyslexics can improve their reading and spelling skills significantly and succeed academically.

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