Children need reading practice to become fluent readers. They need to read daily for at least 20 minutes. Because the Orton-Gillingham reading program goes by skill level, it is really difficult to find outside reading books that match the program to give these kids the extra practice they need. I am going to give you Orton-Gillingham book suggestions for tutors, teachers and homeschooling parents on which books you can read and use to encourage more reading practice outside of your Orton-Gillingham lessons.
I am basing the Levels on The PRIDE Reading Program, but in general it should work with whichever Orton-Gillingham program you are using.
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Orton-Gillingham Level 1
If your child is working through Orton-Gillingham Level 1 and learning beginning consonants and short vowels, then you will want to start with the simplest books, and as your child learns more letters, sounds and more sight words, you can gradually work your way up to longer and more interesting books. Here are some of my favorite simple books to begin with: click on the link to get more info on the book.
Orton-Gillingham Levels 2 and 3 consists of long vowels, more sight words and beginning compound and multisyllabic words. The options of outside reading books finally opens up to so much more! Whew!!! Here are some of my favorites: click on the link to get more info on the book.
I hope this list gives you a nice selection of outside reading books to enjoy with your children while you are working through an Orton-Gillingham reading program. Please don’t leave without checking out the PRIDE Reading Program. The PRIDE Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is used by teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents worldwide with great success.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com