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Spelling Superstars Level 1; Orton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory Curriculum

Students will learn spelling rules using a no gaps approach. Games, practice, writing / typing dictations, and application will be part of this Orton-Gillingham based program. See reviews, optional materials, and my video!
Denise Mears, BS Elementary Education
14 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
30 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 10 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students goals after completing this 7 week course (not in order)
See the “Topics Covered” section above for details about which spelling / writing skills will be learned in each class.
*To be able to identify the 1st and last sounds in a word
*To be able to state the spelling rules taught and start to apply them in writing
*To be able to say and spell each phonogram taught: 26 letters, th, sh, ch, ng, ck, and nk 
*To be able to write / type words and phrases dictated to them (and possibly sentences)
*To be able to identify closed and open syllables to aid in spelling and reading
*To be able to segment words 
*To be able to distinguish between vowels and consonants
*To learn how to make a word plural by adding either s or es
*To learn how and when to use the soft c sound in spelling words
*To learn when to double the f, l, and s at the end of words (FLOSS RULE)
*To learn how to spell CVC words
*To learn how to segment words with consonant blends
*To learn how to spell words with initial blends
*To learn how to spell words with final blends
*To learn the long vowel sounds
*To learn to capitalize names and the beginning of a sentence
*To learn 2 ways to spell the z sound
*To be able to count the number of syllables in a word
*To learn syllable division rule #1-compound words
*To learn that every syllable has at least 1 vowel
*To spell words with 2 closed syllables
*To be ready for Level 2 of the program- also a course I teach
I have been using this curriculum exclusively for the last few years to teach reading and spelling to the students I tutor.  
The students who were having difficulty with learning to read and spell have been successful and have a higher level of confidence now.
Those who were not necessarily struggling (Their parents just wanted them to have reading/ spelling tutoring), progressed at a faster rate and exceeded my expectations!

Using a curriculum with visual, auditory, AND kinesthetic seems to be a game-changer for many learners.
It also helps the brain to remember the information better when 3 learning pathways are utilized.
I usually charge $55/ hour or $1/minute to tutor this material, so $15 for a 30 minute a session on Out School is a deal!
The rest of my credentials are listed below.

I earned a BS degree in Education from University of Maryland and started work on my Master's Degree to be a Reading Specialist at Johns Hopkins University, but didn't get to complete it once our children came along. However, I have taught children from preschool through 12th grade in a variety of subjects. Reading, spelling, and math are my favorites to teach. Throughout the last few decades I've been teaching in many subject areas, reading stories to children, playing games to make the learning stick, and engaging them in the content.  I've been blessed to do this as a classroom teacher, tutor, and a mother. 

In addition to being an Out School teacher, I also tutor children Kindergarten through 8th grade from both public and private schools (Off and on for 14 years; steadily for the last 11 years). For the last year thanks to COVID-19, I have tutored remotely using Zoom, Whizzimo, Flippity, Boom Cards, puppets, and other online games and activities.  I tutor mostly reading, spelling, and math, but have also helped my students over the years with history, geography, science, Spanish, school projects, and organization. I have been using a multisensory approach to teaching reading and spelling with color-coded letter tiles, games, activities, and controlled text stories to teach struggling readers/ spellers or those who have dyslexia. This has proven to be very effective!
Homework is optional, but encouraged for your learner to get the most out of the class and apply the skills in their writing.
I will assign optional (but strongly encouraged) assignments such as writing sentences, a paragraph, or story using the new words. I will use funny photos as writing prompts as well.
1. Regular size notebook or composition book and pencil/ eraser; blue and red colored pencils, if possible 2. Magnetic letters or color-coded magnetic letter tiles above IF your learner wants/ needs the extra kinesthetic aspect of learning. 3. IF you have the app, a 2nd device with the Letter Tiles App downloaded. (Not needed if you have the letter tiles with magnets instead) 4. Small white board with red and blue marker (possibly will be used)
Assessment of the learners will be both informal and formal. When I dictate words and phrases, I will be able to see from the spelling on the white boards or in chats whether a student has grasped the concepts or rules taught that day.  The optional homework assignments can be photographed or scanned and uploaded to the Out School messaging section on my class listing. I will be able to further assess mastery of the content by checking these assignments. I will also communicate with the parents through the Out School email messaging on the class listing, so feel free to contact me. A parents/ teacher team approach is always more effective for the learners.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
You may scroll down to "Materials /External Resources" section for direct links to the following resources:
OPTIONAL for this course is EITHER the app or actual magnetic letters (your own or the following letter tiles)  to BUILD / SPELL the words kinesthetically if your learner will need that extra kinesthetic practice. Either can be used for all 7 levels of  this spelling program, all 4 levels of the reading program, and can even be use by your students for weekly spelling test practice for school! Use them with younger siblings as they start to read and spell, too. Use your own, or get my favorites here:
     OR Color-coded letter tiles and magnets to adhere to the back for use on a magnetic white board: 
OPTIONAL, but very helpful is the Student Packet:  
       with all 4 sets of the cards for  Level 1 plus, progress chart, stickers, and a completion certificate
OPTIONAL, but helpful to organize and customize your learner's 5 min. review sessions are a box and divider cards:


Denise Mears, BS Elementary Education Teacher Denise M.
14 total reviews
7 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I'm Teacher Denise, also known as Denise Mears, and I love to teach reading, spelling, and math although I've taught many different subjects over the years. I will be providing classes, courses, and camps in my favorite subject areas. Teaching... 
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