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Sound It Out: From Letters to Words (Self-Paced)

Jess Coulter, M.A.T. (Orton-Gillingham, Dyslexia)
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In this game-based, 8-session self-paced course, learners will be given the tools to learn to read CVC words. We will build the fundamental building blocks for learning to read with a strong phonics foundation!

Class Experience

US Grade Pre-Kindergarten - 1
8 lessons//4 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Consonants And Phonemic Awareness
Introduction of consonant sounds, practice with blending and segmenting sounds, and preparation for game play.
Lesson 2
Consonants And Phonemic Awareness (cont)
Introduction of consonant sounds, practice with blending and segmenting sounds, and preparation for game play.
 Week 2
Lesson 3
Vowel Sounds
We will play a series of games to explore vowel sounds, mouth shape, and blending with vowel sounds.
Lesson 4
Two-Letter Blends
We will use blend ladders to practice blending two sounds together. We will practice with continuous and stop consonants.
 Week 3
Lesson 5
Introduction to CVC words (with written letters)
We will practice blending three-letter words, and learn fun ways to practice
Lesson 6
CVC words (continued)
We will play games to continue practicing blending and segmenting CVC words.
 Week 4
Lesson 7
Practice Makes Progress...
We will learn and play a variety of games that allow learners to practice CVC words in fun ways.
Lesson 8
...and Games Make it Fun!
We will continue playing games to practice blending CVC words.
  • Learners will be able to read CVC words, blend and segment the sounds in those words, and demonstrate strong phonemic awareness skills.
I am a certified elementary teacher with years of experience in preschool and second grade. I have also taught ESL for 3 years on-line, and hold an MA in Teaching from Dominican University. I am trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach through IMSE (30-hour morphology plus course) and the Reed Charitable Foundation (30-hour classroom educator course).

0 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: Available upon request
Details: Learners are "assessed" through game play. Please contact me if you'd like additional assessment opportunities.
This class uses strategies aligned with the Science of Reading, which support all learners (including dyslexic learners) in attaining the skills necessary to read.
Letter tiles (refrigerator magnets, game tiles, etc) can be helpful, but all materials can be printed or re-created (please contact me if you do not have a printer, and I can provide a work-around for all printed materials).
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Games are hosted on genial.ly. No accounts are required and no information is gathered from your learner.
Joined July, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree from Oregon State University
Master's Degree in Education from Dominican University
Bachelor's Degree from Middlebury College
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Self-Paced Class


weekly or $80 for all content
8 pre-recorded lessons
4 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

Completed by 43 learners
Ages: 4-7

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