Crack the Code: Learn to Read Using Evidence-Based Phonics

$9.00 / week

With a multi-sensory approach to phonics instruction, students learn to read by decoding words, developing a foundation of strong literacy skills.


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  • STARTS: Dec 11, 2023
  • MEETING FREQUENCY: One Time Every Week
  • LIVE CLASSES: Mondays 03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
  • TEACHER: Ali Marie
  • CALENDAR: View Entire Calendar
  • 1 Student Enrolled


Learning to read is not a natural, ingrained skill students miraculously do on their own. They don’t learn to read easily like they learn to speak (Shaywitz). For some students, learning to read is easy, but for as many as 4 in 10 students, it is a mystery and a struggle to transform the letters on the paper into sounds, words, and meaning. The good news is that with intentional and explicit instruction, students can crack the code. In this class, we use utilize decoding methods that are clinically proven and evidence-based, designed to empower and equip all learners. Readers learn to break down the English code, using the tools they need to become confident readers. Our program is designed to meet the needs of all learners, including those with special needs such as dyslexia.

Our Orton-Based Program:

Orton-based phonics is an approach to teaching reading that focuses on the individual needs and strengths of learners, particularly those with reading difficulties. Unlike traditional phonics programs, which often rely on rote memorization and repetition, Orton-based phonics uses a multi-sensory approach to engage all the senses in the learning process. This approach combines visual, auditory, and kinesthetic strategies to help students understand and decode words more effectively. By incorporating activities such as tracing letters in sand or using manipulatives to build words, students can engage with the material in a way that makes sense to them.

Orton-based phonics also emphasizes the importance of teaching phonemic awareness, or the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds in words. This skill is absolutely crucial for developing strong reading skills and is often overlooked in traditional phonics programs.

By incorporating these techniques, our Orton-based phonics program provides a more comprehensive and effective approach to teaching primary reading skills. Students are able to develop a strong foundation in phonics while also building confidence and a love for reading.

Learners with Dyslexia or Reading Trouble:

Each learner is unique and requires individualized instruction. We consider the specific needs and strengths of all learners. This is why our class sizes are very small. If we discover that your learner needs more intense instruction, we will let you know and will advise you to move to 1-1 tutoring. We individualize instruction to the needs of our learners.

Teachers: At Lemons-Aid Learning, we recognize the vital role of teachers in delivering exceptional education. Our Orton-based curriculum empowers educators to become courageous learners themselves. While many teachers lack formal training in English orthography, phonetics, and the science of reading, we’re bridging this gap. Our ongoing training and professional development equip teachers to navigate the intricacies of our curriculum effectively. Meet Mrs. Ali and Mrs. Freeman, teachers offering this course.

Class Format:
– 2 minutes – Greetings
– 5 minutes – Introduction of Essential Skills with teacher modeling (this varies by week but will include phonemic awareness, decoding/phonics, fluency, vocabulary, etc.)
– 6 minutes – Students practice while the teacher guides and corrects, all through fun!
– 2 minutes – Goodbyes

Class Schedule: 

  • Week of Nov 26: Letter Sounds
  • Week of Dec 3: Nonsense Spelling/ Using Sounds to spell words we don’t know
  • Week of Dec 10: CVC Words Spelling
  • Week of Dec 17: Phonics Rule Silent EDec 24 – Jan 6: NO CLASS
  • Week of Jan 7: Phonics Rule Vowel Team

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The Lemons-Aid Way: Our Approach to Teaching & Learning is Explicit!

Explicit teaching is a method of instruction students desperately need! It is the opposite of a constructivist philosophy whereby students ponder and explore to construct meaning themselves. Well…

Instead of leaving students to magically figure out how to write an essay, we teach explicitly, which is backed by a large body of evidence, and it’s how Mrs. Lemons teaches her undergraduate and graduate teacher-candidates in college to teach! We do it this way because it’s how kids learn.

Explicit instruction is “a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic skills. It is called explicit because it is an unambiguous and direct approach to teaching that includes both instructional design and delivery procedures. Explicit instruction is characterized by a series of supports or scaffolds, whereby students are guided through the learning process with clear statements about the purpose and rationale for learning the new skill, clear explanations and demonstrations of the instructional target, and supported practice with feedback until independent mastery has been achieved.”
-Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes.

Anita Archer trained Mrs. Lemons in workshops, and it changed her teaching. Read a little more about the research behind explicit teaching here and here.

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