Key Learning Center at Carolina Day School Presents: 


Getting Ready to Read
& Write the Orton-Gillingham Way

A Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Multisensory Approach to Learnin


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April 22, 2017 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

A hands-on seminar that provides explicit strategies for developing reading readiness through play-like activities that lead directly to reading and writing skills. Learn multisensory principles that strengthen the visual, auditory, and motor learning pathways that transition young children from the world of life experience to the abstract realm of sounds and symbols. 


Getting Ready to Read and Write the Orton-Gillingham Way
- A Multisensory Approach to Learning -
10 Steps to Prepare our PK-K Students for Success with Reading and Writing through the Visual, Auditory, and Motor Pathways

Seminar includes the presenter’s manual, Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic Readiness for Reading, Hands-on Activity Materials, and Lunch - $125 (Manual Value $65) 

A successful reading readiness program transitions young children from the world of life experiences to the abstract realm of sounds and symbols. By strengthening the visual, auditory, and motor channels through play-like activities leading directly to reading and writing skills, both typical learners and children who learn differently, can achieve success and be well prepared for formal reading instruction. Through this interactive workshop, attendees will learn how to incorporate multisensory learning pathways in a single lesson and then gradually and systematically move students toward sound/symbol instruction. Videos showing students performing various tasks accompany this presentation. 

Using the Beth’s manual, Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic Readiness for Reading, participants will practice 10 steps of the multisensory approach to success with reading and writing.  The process begins with giving children a special workspace designed with green on the left, yellow in the middle, and red on the right. This provides a place for students to put objects and pictures in left to right order. In visual pre-reading activities, students develop oral language by telling short stories as they place pictures on the mat. They become comfortable with the language of reading by using words like first, next, middle, last, before, after, and order. Many activities are designed to help students discern the minute differences between objects and pictures using the words same or different.

Students later become able to talk about the properties of letters and how an “f,” differs from a “t,” or an “n,” from an “h.” The auditory channel is fine tuned through loud and soft environmental sounds. Students decide if the horse sound came first and the cow sound was last, for example, or if scissors sounded first, a sipping sound next, and the whistle sound last. Pictures and objects are placed on the mat in the correct order. Finally the first speech sound is identified and this letter is placed on the mat in different positions. Whole arm exercises of trees, swings, snowmen, etc., approach stroke exercises, and fine motor tasks prepare arms, hands, and fingers for rhythmic writing and correct pencil grip.

Through this multisensory approach, students gain foundational skills that lead to later success with reading and writing.

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About the presenter:

Beth Moore, a Fellow in the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, has many years of experience as an educator of young children. She has developed a specialty in reading readiness and handwriting, its developmental stages, fine motor issues, and the critical role it plays in reinforcing reading, spelling, and written language. Beth has trained teachers at schools and colleges in the United States and Mexico, and she has presented numerous times at International Dyslexia Association and Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators Conferences.  Beth resides in Joppa, MD.

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