The Aardvark Parent's Program is the full package that will take you from a parent who desperately wants to help their child, to a parent who CAN help their dyslexic child learn how to read and spell.
Intro to aardvark will set you up with all of the background information that you will need before you can start Module 1.
You will get the foundation knowledge upon which you can build your Orton-Gillingham knowledge and move forward with lesson plans for your child.
Module 1 – This is aardvark’s first Orton-Gillingham based module. Here we will teach you each skill that you will need to use with your child within Module 1 of the aardvark program. You will also get all of the lesson plans, word lists and extras that you will be using with your child. This is the course that will get you started working with your child.
Module 2 – This module introduces you to the first syllable type, the closed syllable. You will get the knowledge as well as the lessons and the materials needed to move your child ahead in their OG learning. After completing this module you will be able to confidently teach about the first of 7 syllable types.
Module 3 – Building on what you’ve learned in the first few courses, you’ll get to know the open syllable. This will answer some questions about why vowels make one sound in some words and another in different words. You’ll again be getting all of the lesson and extras you’ll need!
Module 4 – What is that silent ‘e’ at the end of so many English words? You’ll learn about that in this module and all of the spelling rules that go along with it. You’ll know how to teach it and will get every lesson you need to teach it effectively.
Module 5 – “When 2 vowels go walking, the first does the talking”. You’ll learn what this means and why it’s important when learning how to read and spell.
Module 6 – Always wanted to know what a diphthong is? Well, module 6 will introduce you to this syllable type and will provide you with everything you’ll need (ready-to-use lessons included!) to pass the knowledge on to your child!
Module 7 – Ever notice how the letter ‘r’ can make vowels do strange things? We’ll explain why and teach you how to explain it to your child in this module that covers r-controlled vowels.
Module 8 – In the final module, you’ll learn about the last syllable type, the consonant-le syllable. You will teach your child all about castles, puzzles and bubbles, or at least how to read and spell those words!
Why should I choose aardvark over other, more established programs?
Aardvark is the only program that integrates training in the Orton-Gillingham approach, a full set of ready to use lessons, readers and extras all while using activities that build physical literacy while teaching dyslexic or struggling readers how to successfully read and spell. You’ll get a traditional OG program that’s also active, fun and effective!
How long will this training take?
Each module will take around 15-20 hours to complete. With all 9 modules it should take you about 180 hours. This course work can be done at your own pace, on your own time. Keep in mind that you can complete the Intro course and Module1 and start with a student while you complete the other modules in your own time!
Once I’ve completed the parent program, can I upgrade to become a Aardvark Certified Tutor?
Yes! You can simply pay the difference between the Parent Program and the Tutor Program. To upgrade to a certification you’ll need to prove your knowledge by passing an exam for each module.
What if I am dyslexic? Can I still teach this course?
Yes! If you are dyslexic you are in the unique position of understanding the struggles of your students. Much of our content is video-based and our text-based content is accompanied by audio.
Still unsure if this is the right course for you? If within the first 30 days you are not satisfied with the course, you will receive a full refund.
Sara Dorken – CEO Aarken Tutoring
Sara is a passionate tutor and online trainer who specialises in using the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach while working with students with Dyslexia and other learning differences. She has trained in many OG-based programs and has been certified to teach the OG approach from the Dyslexia Training Institute based out of the University of San Diego. Sara has helped develop the aardvark program and has made it unique by using her extensive background in sport and physical activity (M.A. Human Kinetics) to integrate movement in order to build physical literacy and traditional literacy in struggling students.