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If you are an Orton-Gillingham tutor, then you know that sometimes it is a little bit of a struggle to keep those kiddos motivated.  On today’s post, I am going to share with you a fun letter game that every Orton-Gillingham tutor can play to keep the lessons fun.  If you are a traveling tutor – this will be perfect for you.


  1. The tutor begins by writing a three or four letter word on a piece of paper.  Say the word aloud.
  2. The student will then make a new word by changing one letter of the word.  For example, the word read can be changed to real.  The student will write the word under the tutor’s word and will say it aloud.
  3. The student then makes a new word based on the one that he or she just created, again changing one letter in the word.  Real can be changed to deal.  
  4. The student will continue to make new words in this format until he gets stuck or it is not possible to make any more words.

Extra Options for the Letter Game:

I use candy with this activity (I know a lot of frowns out there).  For every word my students write down, I give them a piece of candy.  Stickers would work too. If you have any other ideas of what to use instead of candy – please share in the comments below.  I’m always looking for good ideas:)

The PRIDE Reading Program

If you are searching for the perfect Orton-Gillingham curriculum to use with your students, look no further!  The PRIDE Reading Program is a heavily scripted out Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is so easy to use, is HEAVILY scripted out and is used by homeschooling parents, teachers, tutors and speech therapists with great success.  Check it out HERE!

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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