Orton-Gillingham is meant to be taught as a 1:1 multisensory approach.  Sometimes this just isn’t an option, and you have to teach it in a group setting.  So… will it still work and be effective? YES!   On today’s post I will explain to you how to teach Orton-Gillingham in small groups, and teach it effectively so that every student progresses.

Keep your groups small

Be careful how many students you place in your group. You want the group to be small. Small for me, means 3-5 students.  If the group gets any bigger than that, the progress with this group will be very slow.  2-3 students is ideal, but I do understand that is not always feasible.  


30 Minute Lessons

A typical Orton-Gillingham lesson usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour. Most teachers only have time for a 30 minute lesson. If this is the case then this means that you will want to spread out 1 lesson over 2 days.   Ideally you will want to teach Orton-Gillingham in groups,  30 minutes 4-5 days a week or 45 minutes 3-4 days a week. Do not modify the program. It is important to still teach it with fidelity.  

Group your students by level

Before you begin to teach Orton-Gillingham in groups, you will need to place your students in a level.  You will want to give each of your students an initial Orton-Gillingham assessment, and then group them by skill level (not by grade).  You might have multiple groups of Level 1 but just one group of Level 2. Each group will move at the same pace together.  I understand that the students in the group have different needs. This is the part that is tricky. Unfortunately, you will need to keep the group moving.  If a student has 80% of the concepts mastered, I would move on. Mostly because Orton-Gillingham is so repetitive, that students get to keep practicing older lessons as new ones are introduced.

Each student in the group needs their own materials 

Each of your students in the Orton-Gillingham group will need their own workbook to write in and also have their own multisensory tools to work with.  This might be a set of letter tiles, sound chips, sand trays, tracing cards, etc. Each student needs a chance to feel, touch and move the letters and sounds that they are learning.  



The PRIDE Reading Program!


The PRIDE Reading Program is the most effective and easiest to use Orton-Gillingham Structured Literacy homeschool, classroom and tutoring curriculum.  It is HEAVILY scripted out, so you will never need to lesson plan.  Everything that the student needs is in one workbook. You will never need to photocopy or purchase anything outside of this program.  This program will make your small group teaching so easy!


Thank you for reading my post today!

Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com

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