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About Evelyn Reiss
Evelyn Reiss is an Educational Consultant, founder/President of the Canadian Dyslexia Society and Master Teacher Trainer of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. Evelyn's experience includes over 25 years of experience teaching literacy to students at all age levels including, elementary, high school, university and post-graduate. In 2010 she founded The Claremont School in Toronto, designed exclusively for students with dyslexia. To date it is the only Orton-Gillingham school in Ontario, Canada.
As a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham, she believes all students can be taught to read using a multisensory approach to teaching language.
Evelyn created The Great Word House teaching resource to support dyslexic students and provide their educators with the necessary tools to assist them in this process.
Evelyn Reiss, M.A., OCT
Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
President, Canadian Dyslexia Society
Principal, The Claremont School
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- A comprehensive resource to help dyslexic students. By organizing our complex language into predictable patterns, the student will gain confidence and achieve success in reading fluency.
- Consists of 12 levels, organized from simple to complex in an Orton Gillingham sequence of instruction.
- Foundational skills are taught before more advanced skills are introduced. Students will learn and master short vowels, complex vowel teams, 2-syllable words and words with prefixes and suffixes.
- This resource promotes explicit and systematic reading instruction using word lists. The book is organized in specific spelling patterns, which enables the student to achieve automaticity using their knowledge of phonics.
- Fluency makes an ideal adjunct or accessory to other intervention programs.
- This resource enhances grapheme-phoneme associations, including tracking sheets and motivating activities.These word lists can be used to enhance vocabulary and language/reading comprehension as well as spelling and writing.
The program begins at Level 1 where students learn to read and spell 1-syllable words with short vowels. Gradually, spelling rules, Sight Words and word families are introduced. By Level 4 the student has learned to read and spell all 1-syllable words with consonant clusters, digraphs, short vowels and basic suffixes.
How It Works
Utilizing the proven Orton-Gillingham Practical Linguistics methodology, this program provides lesson plans structured for success. Lesson plans are cumulative, with every lesson progressing in simple steps while practising previously taught material. Review lessons are included throughout to ensure consolidation of skills and concepts.
Why It Works
35 Lesson plans uses Orton-Gillingham's multi-sensory methodology. All the lessons are explained with clear graphics, and the teacher will find everything needed to support the lessons, including:
-certificates of completion for each level.
35 Lesson plans can be used as a stand alone teaching resource, or in tandem with My Book of Words 1 - a student workbook that provides practice worksheets for each the lesson plan.