If you are an Orton-Gillingham tutor then you know that each lesson uses multisensory activities to keep the students engaged and motivated. Every now and then I like to throw in a new fresh activity, especially when I notice that the kids are starting to get bored. On today’s post I am going to share how to use letter cookies in your Orton-Gillingham lessons to spice things up a bit and keep the lessons fun.
Step 1: Get the Cookies
Using letter cookies in your Orton-Gillingham lessons will require … cookies! Homemade or store bought will both work. I buy mine at Trader Joes. Although the letters are all in uppercase and I teach with lowercase letters, the kids seem to get it just fine. Plus, it is always a good idea to expose the kids to uppercase letters as much as possible, and this is a good way to do it.
Step 2: Prepare the Lesson
In this lesson I am teaching the concept of ‘oo’ like in the word ‘cook.’ I pull out the ‘oo’ and ‘k’ and ‘d’ for the ending sounds. I lay the cookies in the middle of the table. I pull out all the other letters that the student can use to build words with. In this case the letters B, N, T, L, H, W, G will make words with this concept.
I then dictate one word at a time and have the student build each word individually. These will be:
When we complete all the dictated words listed above, I then help the student munch on the cookies (yum!)
Although I used the ‘oo‘ lesson as an example, you can use this activity with any of your Orton-Gillingham or phonics lessons. It is so easy and the kids just love it.
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