• Contractions

    A great way of teaching contractions to kids is by using paint sample strips– fold ’em and open ’em like a fan; the colours liven them up!  You can describe contractions to younger kids as, “Two words get so pushed together that a letter or some letters fall out, and in flies an apostrophe to glue the two words together”! More formally, contractions are a shortening and combining of two words, used in everyday speech and informal writing. They commonly combine a pronoun or noun and a verb, or a verb and the word ‘not’ into a shorter form.  We put an apostrophe in place of any letter or letters that get omitted. Some common […]

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  • The Buzz Off Miss Pill Spelling Rule

    Buzz Off Miss Pill is the name of a spelling rule.  It is often the first rule a student new to OG will be taught.  It is sometimes called the ZFSL Rule or the Floss Rule. Here is how Buzz Off Miss Pill works; in words of one syllable, with one short vowel, that end in z, f, s, or l you double the final consonant.  This rule is an excellent example of the explicit and direct teaching that kids with language based learning difficulties thrive on.  If your child has come home chanting “Buzz off Miss Pill”, that is great! They have memorized the mnemonic that helps them remember […]

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  • A Growth Mindset: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again . . .

    There’s truth in the adage: ‘Tis a lesson you should heed: Try, try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed, Try, try, try again. Seeing failure and frustration as opportunities for growth is what Stanford University Psychologist, Dr. Carol Dweck calls a Growth Mindset.  The term Growth Mindset refers to the facts that the brain is malleable and that intelligence can be developed. The more a person tries to do a skill, fails at it and tries again, the better they will get at that skill.  

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