What sets Orton-Gillingham apart from other methods of teaching reading?
The Orton-Gillingham method is to simplify the English language. Teaching the basic phonograms, rules, and patterns of English that apply to 97% of words means that there’s none of the guesswork of traditional phonics programs.
Students of the Orton-Gillingham method are taught exactly what they need to know in a clear and straightforward way. This eliminates confusion, because the student is getting direct instruction that lets them master skills and gain confidence.
Orton-Gillingham programs are multi-sensory. When a child is taught using the visual, auditory and kinesthetic pathways at the same time, he or she will learn more easily. A child must use sight, sound and touch to learn, and that’s what a true Orton-Gillingham program offers.
The Orton-Gillingham approach is sequential and incremental. That means that lessons build on each other and follow in a logical progression based on research. There are no gaps in the learning process, and the lessons are designed to maximize learning and retention, building on each other so that the student gets closer to mastery of reading with each step.
Cumulative review is another cornerstone of O-G curriculum. Each lesson includes review, so that the goal of long-term learning can be reached – not just memorizing for a test and then forgetting what was learned.
Individualization allows students to “go as fast as they can, but as slow as they must,” by teaching to a student’s strengths and respecting their own pace. The curriculum we use is mastery-based instead of grade-level based for this reason.
*This information has been paraphrased from The Power of the Orton-Gillingham Approach, by Marie Rippel of All About ® Learning Press. The full version is available at http://info.allaboutlearningpress.com/orton-gillingham-report