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The Ultimate Guide: Teaching Phonics to Struggling Readers and Those with Dyslexia ​ ​

by Maryann Chatfield / Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators


The essential resource for any teacher using The Orton-Gillingham Approach. Designed as a reference tool to be used in conjunction with The Student Guide: Learning Phonics the Easy Way , “The Ultimate Guide” offers easy to follow, sequential steps for teaching phonics concepts while providing the educator with an invaluable resource to use for teaching. 


​Also included:

  • The Seven Principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach
  • The Steps of Simultaneous Oral Spelling
  • Exercises for: Trace, Copy, Cover, Closed and Finger spelling 


The layout is simple: For each concept, there is a phonics notebook page with the rule clearly stated and a picture containing words that follow the rule. For additional guidance, we've included suggested activities and reminders. 

​​As a learning resource The Ultimate Guide has it all. It clearly details beginning phonetic concepts that range from the introduction of the alphabet and short vowel sounds all the way through blends, digraphs, syllable divisions, common long vowel spellings, evil r syllables, and Anglo-Saxon prefixes and suffixes. The last concept is the introduction of the three spellings of /shun/. 

"This book is an excellent reference to have nearby when using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. It explains all parts of the lesson, provides tips and tricks for teaching each of the concepts and gives word lists and visual cues for each phoneme. I highly recommend this resource for any Orton-Gillingham teacher!"
- Traci P., MS, Special Education Teacher, Powhatan, VA


The Ultimate Guide: Teaching Phonics to Struggling Readers

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