Orton-Gillingham Training

The 5 Must Haves to Be a Good Reader

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!


1. A sound must convey a distinct meaning to the reader.

The reader must hear, identify and manipulate sounds in spoken words. Before children learn to read print, they need to become more aware of how the sounds in words work.

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” – Mary Ellen Chase


2. There must be a clue for the reader to identify the individual sound


The reader must understand how to combine sounds, communicate those sounds through words, recognize the sounds and examine, organize and reproduce the sounds.

“A book is a device to ignite the imagination” – Alan Bennet


3. Word meaning must be understood by the reader.


The reader must give meaning to the sounds and letters that make up the words.

“Fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension.” – Kerri L. Briggs, “Reading in the Classroom”


4. The reader must have fluency when reading


The reader must be able to speak the words with ease and accuracy.

“Reading opens up many doors” – Mary Beth D’Antoni


5. The reader must understand what was said in the text


The reader must interpret the sentences, paragraphs and stories that are made up of the words.

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