Read All About It: Orton-Gillingham Literacy Training

This summer, ten of our Lower School teachers attended training on the Orton-Gillingham Approach, the model our lower school teachers use to teach literacy.

Teachers began by learning different ways to divide words into syllables. They then practiced creating nonsense words and dividing those into syllables. This helped to model how students experience unfamiliar words as they learn to read.

“Because reading is the foundation of all learning, phonics, and comprehension skills are heavily emphasized here at ACA,” said Mrs. Leah Adams, ACA Literacy Coordinator. “The Orton-Gillingham method of instruction consists of an explicit, multi-sensory, and sequential approach to reading and spelling. This approach gives all students the knowledge needed to become proficient readers. This reading foundation will then enable our students to comprehend and appreciate the more complicated literature selections they read in upper grades.”