BFR Innovatived a use of this instructional strategy that is multi-sensory and lends itself to overteaching and overlearning. Children enjoy the rhythmical nature. Teachers enjoy low-prep and noticeable results.
Children use their arms to break words apart into their phonemic (sound) segments for spellling. Also, they use their arms to blend sounds together for reading. Arm Spelling and Chart Tapping work together to prepare a child for phonics instruction.
Playing games provides opportunities for meaningful repetition of reading and rereading words with similar patterns. It's essential for the many, many children who need repetition.
BFR's program covers 80 cumulative phonics lessons that bring children up to 4th grade level reading and provide a solid foundation for teens with significant delays before tackling advanced concepts. The lessons provide for systematic instruction that is direct and explicit.
These are adults in training learning how to tap the Blends Charts. But, this is what it looks and feels like in classrooms as well. 7 min.
BFR didn't create arm spelling but we've used it for decades, and it works miracles with struggling readers when used the BFR way. (You'll notice it's not the same as OG arm spelling for red words.). 9 min.
Did you know that research shows that book reading is an end point and not a key instructional strategy for helping children to read (decode)? Find out why. 25 min.
Brain Friendly Reading is a program designed by two long-time OG practitioners. Based on extensive experience working with dyslexic children across a variety of instructional situations (classrooms, reading labs, private tutoring once a week), they modified some of the instructional strategies to achieve the same goals (and based on the same science) as OG but that are straightforward enough to teach other adults without extensive training.
Chart tapping replaces the card decks followed by sound dictation and then a review of a previously taught concept. There is space for new instruction and for teaching 'Red Words' (called puzzle words in the BFR program). Word, phrases and sentence dictation are all part of the BFR Program as is reading from decodable texts and spelling instruction that follows the lesson taught.
So, this isn’t a traditional OG program but is OG-based like Barton or Wilson or any other program that follows the principles and elements of structured literacy.
If you are looking to equip yourself with evidence-based strategies that follow the science that you can start using weeks in the training that are also low-prep and kids enjoy — this is your training.
Frustrated with not being able to help older children in her classroom learn to read, Kristin took her Orton-Gillingham Level 1 Certification with the Michigan Dyslexia Institute and began working with children in private practice. Kristin holds a Masters degree in Education and K-8 Teaching Certificate plus AMI Elementary and AMS Middle School certificates, plus years of classroom experience teaching children 5-15. That breadth of experience has allowed Kristin and Elaine to collaborate in evaluating reading practices, field testing instructional strategies and poring over case studies. Kristin has codified their approach, developed a sequence of instructional strategies and created a training program to support teachers, parents as well as train future tutors.
Elaine spent a lifetime experimenting with instructional strategies to identify those that achieved results with the greatest amount of enjoyment and cooperation on the part of the child. Extensive training plus 17 years of experience as a kindergarten Montessori teacher laid the groundwork for her deep understanding of how children learn to read. As a public school Reading and Dyslexia Specialist in Texas, Elaine honed her craft by identifying key instructional strategies that moved children to full fluency. Later, Elaine began innovating strategies that when applied regularly brought about significant results with her tutoring clients.