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Who created LiteraSee Concepts?
Mica Drummond received her IMSLEC (International Multi-Sensory Language Education Council) certification in 2014 at a Children's Dyslexia Center after a year-long training and teaching practicum. Since then, she has taught and learned from many children who struggle to read and spell.
Before training, she received a B.S. degree in nursing and later became the designer and manager for a family-owned business. She became interested in dyslexia when she discovered the reason for her intelligent children's reading struggles and discovered her newfound passion for helping children learn to read. With her science-based education, working in collaboration with international designers, years of research and experience creating Orton-Gillingham-based lesson plans, and successfully remediating many children's reading struggles, she had the skills, knowledge, and inner drive to author and illustrate LiteraSee Concepts Illustrated.
What makes Literasee different than other Orton-Gillingham programs?
LiteraSee Concepts follows the same O-G (Orton-Gillingham) teaching methodology that Wilson and Barton’s reading programs used. We teach language-based, multi-sensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, prescriptive (flexible), and diagnostic (individualized) lessons. While being true to our O-G foundations, our goal was to uncomplicate the teaching process and add engaging visual teaching aids.
SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
Does LiteraSee's curriculum use a typical O-G scope and sequence?
Orton-Gillingham is a science-based teaching methodology that teaches children to read with multisensory techniques and a systematic and structured approach. We teach Orton-Gillingham literacy concepts in a continuum from simple and common to more rare, sophisticated, and technical words. LiteraSee's scope resembles the Children's Dyslexia Centers'; however, the sequence, lesson plans, and all supporting materials are unique to LiteraSee Concepts Illustrated.
Do your products include decodable passages?
We use leveled and decodable sentences in the lesson plans and offer 15 decodable CVC stories A-Z.
LiteraSee includes free and fabulous links to decodable passages/stories. While they may be only 90% decodable, we do our best as teachers. If your student struggles with a word containing a concept you haven't taught, do not make them sound it out. Students are only responsible for words that sound out, include learned concepts, or are known sight words.
Parents should also read side-by-side at home with above-level, high-interest books to increase a child's vocabulary, background knowledge, and love of reading.
Does LiteraSee offer books for fluency and comprehension?
Many excellent resources are available at no cost, so we include their links to give you everything you need to teach your student or child to read fluently with background knowledge and good comprehension.
Does LiteraSee include assessments?
Before beginning the program, use the free Dibles assessment to test a student's phonemic awareness and phonetics knowledge. Regardless of your findings, all students of any age will begin with letter and sound knowledge before starting Level One. It is necessary to assess progress daily through thorough and ongoing reviews. At the end of each level, a comprehensive word list "tests" the student's concept knowledge before advancing to the next level.
How does LiteraSee Concepts teach fluency?
The LiteraSee program contains timed fluency drills for rapidly naming colors, letters, shapes, and words. There are also fluency activities for letter confusion and reading phrases. While these timed activities may help with specific issues, fluency requires modeling, rereading several times, and reading with expression (porosity) to gain comprehension.
Are comprehension strategies discussed?
A list of strategies is included at the end of the teaching instructions. Here are some key strategies: teaching background knowledge, rereading sentences, grouping words in a sentence, looking up unfamiliar words, making a movie (visualize), and Socratic questioning for comprehension.
Does Literasee teach handwriting?
Yes, we teach handwriting because writing helps children develop reading circuitry in their brains and is a proven method to help retain long-term memory.
In the Phonics Download, there are explicit instructions for lowercase letter formation. It is best to begin with lowercase because it is more commonly used. Uppercase letter formation will be necessary when starting to write sentences and names.
THIS IS A WONDERFUL FREE TEACHING RESOURCE for upper case letters.
Does LiteraSee have lessons for cursive handwriting?
No, but here is a link for free cursive writing instruction. http://www.k12reader.com/subject/composition/handwriting/cursive-handwriting/
Does LiteraSee have vocabulary lists?
We offer a mix of familiar and rare words whenever possible; however, it is surprising how many students need the definitions of seemingly simple words. Always ensure your student understands and can use the words in a sentence. Because vocabulary is language-based and writing definitions takes too much time from the lesson, we write unfamiliar words on a list and discuss the meaning at least once a week or until learned.
How many homophone pairs are included?
The lesson contains thirty-one homophones, including a visual aide for spelling their, there, and they're. I always discuss/question the student as other homophones arise throughout any lesson. There are separate lessons on homographs and homonyms,
How are sight words integrated?
There is a list of sight words in the Teaching Tools for each level. It is shorter than expected because we teach many nonphonetic spellings in the lessons. E.g., -dge, -tch, -cle, etc.
Who can teach with LiteraSee Concepts?
Homeschool parents, tutors, and trained/untrained teachers all use LiteraSee Concepts, so the ability to teach is highly individualized. As you probably know, most literacy teachers need to gain specific knowledge to specifically teach reading, so a background in teaching is not a prerequisite, nor do you need special training.
You will learn how to teach the concepts with user-friendly lesson plans, explicit concept explanations, insights, and the How To Teach a LiteraSee Lesson video. The lessons follow a predictable pattern, but the amount of review and practice with quizzes or games will vary at each lesson depending on your student’s needs. With vivid LiteraSee visual aids and a joyful attitude, children will love to learn and become more confident readers and spellers.
To teach any Orton-Gillingham program, you need (at least) four skills:
Getting into a rhythm and routine will take time and practice, like all new skills.
What age should I start lessons?
Generally, one would start with phonemic awareness activities, then phonics instruction in Pre-K and K. When these skills are nearly mastered for most of the letters, it would be appropriate to start Level One, which introduces blending individual sounds into three-letter (CVC) words. Children may be ready for Level One by age six. Your student may need daily phonemic awareness practice until it is no longer necessary.
Recommendations to start younger students
For your new readers, it is best to focus on phonemic awareness activities (identifying and manipulating sounds) followed by phonics lessons (connecting letters to sounds). This is done before starting structured lessons. If your child is doing well identifying commonly used letters and blending their sounds into three-letter (CVC) words, it is time to start Level One. Please make sure to teach clean letter sounds. E.g., /b/ not /ba/, /c/ not /ca/, /t/ not /ta/, /r/ not /er/, etc. This will avoid blending sounds such as big --> /ba /i /ga/ or rat --> /er /a/ t/. Writing has scientific cognitive benefits, so beginning phonics is a perfect time to teach proper letter formation, pencil grip, and paper placement (parallel with the arm).
Recommendations to start students in the third grade and up
Older students may have underlying phonemic awareness and phonics issues. Every child has different struggles, so assessing their needs and customizing your teaching is imperative. To ensure a solid foundation, start with LEVEL ONE and practice phonemic awareness activities before each lesson if needed. Knowledge of syllable types will help students spell multi-syllabic words. While older children may think the beginning lessons are juvenile, they can quickly move through the foundational concepts and gain confidence. I guarantee they will learn valuable lessons in level one, such as when to use a |c-| or |k-| or |-ck| in a word's initial and ending positions.
Please remember that this program is designed to help students of ANY AGE and varying degrees of cognitive differences. Please modify and add activities as needed for your student.
Are there teaching instructions or a teacher’s manual?
Yes, LiteraSee includes illustrated text and step-by-step video instructions containing images of the resources used. The sequence of activities is the same for every lesson, with slight variations depending on the lesson type – phonics, literacy concepts, syllable types/division, or morphology.
Are the concept cards necessary to teach the lessons?
Necessary? No, but they are incredibly beneficial to both you and your student. The colorful concept cards are a visual reminder of the concepts learned when posted in sight. Not only do they give you and your student an accessible way to review, but they also build the student’s pride with each card added.
Any tips for teaching virtually?
It is relatively easy to teach virtually once you use Zoom or any other platform.
• Share the screen so you can both can make markings.
• Use a document camera so the student can see demonstrations on your desk.
• Prepare/upload relevant files and pages so everything will be there when needed.
•Use virtual blending card drills and phoneme blocks (free on demand).
•When ordering games, please request the virtual gameboard.
How do I know which teaching tool to use and when to use it?
At the appropriate time, a lesson will prompt you to use a particular tool to help you practice the concept, learn a spelling strategy, or begin teaching the English language origins. The list below shows the level to start; the plus sign signifies that you may use that tool up to level five or until it is no longer needed.
Level 1+ LiteraSee’s Phonogram Card Deck
Level 1+ Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Activities
Level 1+ Writing sentences to essays
Level 1 The Frog Pond Blending Game
Level 1+ Which Is It? Game for Spelling Choices
Level 2+ English Language Origins Infographics
Level 2+ Vowel Team Storyboards
How should I organize my teaching resources?
Place each level of the lesson plans in individual binders. You will need three -1 1/2" and two – 2" binders.
You may also want to place phonemic awareness/phonics, writing sentences to essays, reading passages/decodable stories, and teaching resources such as extra templates, checklists, and visual aids in one large or four separate 1" binders.
How should I plan and keep track of the lesson?
The five-day weekly planner template helps you keep track of lessons needing a review, new concepts to teach, and notes about the day's lesson. There is also a more detailed daily lesson plan template.
How do you keep track of a student's work?
Post each concept card on tri-fold boards or walls so students can see their progress and have a visual reminder of concepts learned.
A student's binder or folder should include the following: