Orton-Based Spelling: It Just Makes Sense

$13.50 / week

This ongoing course will provide in-depth instruction on spelling rules and patterns, helping all learners, especially those with dyslexia, build an understanding of how language works and how to apply it to their writing.


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By the end of first grade, children should be able to spell many short words accurately. This accomplishment doesn’t “occur by chance; [it is] made possible by well-structured and systematic activities that draw the child ever closer to understanding how words work” (Shaywitz 224).

Spelling involves the ability to segment a word into its component sounds (phonograms) and then transform each of those sounds into letters. In this class, learners benefit from Orton-based spelling to improve spelling skills. Teachers offer in-depth instruction on spelling rules and patterns, helping learners understand how language works and how to apply it to their writing.

What is Orton-Based Spelling and Why Does it Work?

Orton-based spelling is an approach to teaching spelling based on the Orton-Gillingham method, a highly effective, scientifically proven approach for teaching reading and writing skills to individuals with dyslexia. The methods focus on decoding the English code, teaching students to break down words into their individual sounds, and showing the patterns and rules that govern spelling.

So, why does Orton-based spelling work? Well, it’s all about understanding the structure of language. By learning the building blocks of words and how they fit together, students can become more confident readers and writers. Teachers provide a systematic and multi-sensory approach to learning spelling, engaging multiple brain areas to enhance retention and understanding. This approach also emphasizes explicit instruction and repetition, ensuring that students truly grasp the spelling rules and patterns.

Class Format:
  • 3 minutes – Greetings
  • 5 minutes – Introduction of Spelling Skills with teacher modeling (this varies by week)
  • 15 minutes – Students practice while the teacher guides and corrects, all through fun!
  • 2 minutes – Goodbyes
Class Schedule:

Week of Dec 3: /OO/ Words Spelling
Week of Dec 10: /EE/ Words Spelling
Week of Dec 17: Double Consonant Words Spelling

Dec 24 – Jan 6: NO CLASS

Winter Schedule Coming Soon

What Makes Lemons-Aid Learning’s Courses Unique?

At Lemons-Aid Learning, we know the importance of the unique aspects of our Orton-Based Spelling course that set us apart from other spelling programs. Our instructors use Orton-Gillingham methods, ensuring they have the knowledge and expertise to effectively teach spelling using this approach. We understand that every learner is unique, so our course is tailored to the specific needs of each student, ensuring personalized instruction and support.

Get ready to become a confident speller and a more effective communicator!

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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.

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