Early Intervention Summer Program - Jump Start to Reading



For most children, an awareness of the phonological structure of language generally develops gradually over the preschool years and is a key indicator of later success in learning to read.  Research has revealed that approximately 80% of our students with dyslexia have core deficiencies in phonological awareness, which respond well to early intervention and appropriate instruction. Our Jump Start program is designed for Pre-K and Kindergarten age students.



Jump Start to Reading aims to increase:

  • letter knowledge
  • phonological and phoneme awareness
  • book knowledge
  • vocabulary and language skills

Our classroom learning environment:

  • is language-rich
  • is play-based and experienced-based
  • involves both center activities and group activities
  • provides multiple experiences with books, vocabulary, handwriting, phonological activities, and interaction with adult-guided dialogue and language development
  • allows for the creation of Portfolios of children's writing and work

Who can attend?

Children who:

  • are 4 or 5 years old and who have had one year of preschool or kindergarten
  • are struggling with learning letter names, sounds, rhyming, and/or general language
  • demonstrate average or above-average intelligence
  • can work in a group of children with no major behavior issues
  • may have a family history of dyslexia or reading problems

When is it?

9:00 am - 1:00 pm daily

4-Week Summer Session: Monday June 11, 2018 - Friday July 6, 2018

What is the cost?

$100 non-refundable registration fee due with registration.

$500 balance due by the first day of class, June 12th.

$600 total


Tutoring is provided on an individual basis for students needing assistance. All tutors are trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Sessions are usually one hour in length, with a minimum of two sessions per week. Please call the office to speak with the coordinator directly and receive information about cost. A discount is offered to families tutoring three or more times per week. Tutoring sessions are generally conducted at Greengate School between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Some tutors may be able to tutor at other times and locations, depending on scheduling needs and availability.

To inquire about the cost of tutorials, please contact the office. Payment is due on the 1st of each month and late after the 10th. There is a $25 late fee at that time. A $35.00 fee will be charged for returned checks. 

Twenty-four hour notice is required for cancellation of a lesson. If the tutor does not receive 24 hour notice of cancellation, the full amount for that lesson will be charged. The tutor will discuss the tutorial schedule and calendar with the parents. 

For tutor referrals, please contact us.

Teacher Training

Greengate offers two high-quality training classes in structured, Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory language methods and Strategies and Practice for Classroom Educators and Associate Level Training Course. Both courses provide an excellent foundation of core concepts for anyone who teaches reading and written language skills at any grade level, but especially for those teaching students who struggle with dyslexia or reading and written language disorders. Our training programs are approved by the International Dyslexia Association and the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

Strategies and Practice for Classroom Educators

This 30-hour, one week course prepares general education classroom teachers in elementary grades for implementing structured, multi-sensory teaching principles and strategies in small group intervention and whole group reading instruction. It provides essential background knowledge that teachers need to support effective use of dyslexia-specific programs and meet the needs of their struggling readers. June 25-29, 2018

Course Topics include:

  • The nature of dyslexia and reading problems
  • Normal Language Development
  • Principles of multi-sensory instruction
  • Alphabetic Principle 
  • Phonology and phonological awareness
  • Spelling instruction
  • Fluency  
  • Syllable types and division patterns 
  • Introduction to lesson planning for whole and small groups
  • Handwriting 
  • Adaptation of strategies for the classroom
  • Informal Assessment
  • Information about the practicum mentoring program


Bachelor’s Degree in education


general classroom teachers, special education teachers, reading coaches and specialists, interested administrators.

Associate Level Training Course

The Associate Level training is a more intensive, 60 to 70 hour two-week course.  It is designed for teachers and professionals who intend to work with students in small group remediation or in one-on-one tutorials. It is also appropriate for general education teachers who would like more complete understanding of the structure of language and multisensory instruction techniques for whole class teaching.  May 29 - June 8, 2018

 Course Topics include:

  • All Classroom Educator topics 
  • Additional practice in lesson planning and delivery 
  • Structure and History of the English Language
  • An introduction to Advanced Decoding and Morphology 
  • Formal Assessment
  • Neurological basis of dyslexia
  • Dyslexia, ADHD, and related challenges
  • Information about the practicum mentoring program  



Bachelor’s Degree 


dyslexia tutors, all interested educators, speech language therapists, and professionals. 

Letter of Completion:

Upon successful completion of either course, attendees will receive a letter of completion with the number of course hours and stating that they have satisfied the specific Classroom Educator or Associate level course requirements as defined by the Orton-Gillingham Academy. 

For registration information and fees, or to reserve training dates, contact

Greengate School



Class Requirements: Both the Classroom Educator and Associate Level courses include daily homework assignments, quizzes, and written responses to selected readings which are part of course requirements.
Participants wishing to tutor students one-on-one should register for the full two-week Associate Level class. A practicum for participants of both classes is available after completing the coursework, for an additional cost, and is strongly recommended.


Janet Jones
Janet Jones is a fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and travels extensively training teachers in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She has a B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Learning Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Janet has 34 years of experience working as a multi-sensory language instructor teaching children, with varying needs, at all levels of the language continuum. After working as a public school learning disabilities resource teacher, she spent 22 years at The Jemicy School in Maryland, one of the first schools for dyslexic students in the country. During that time, she worked as an Orton-Gillingham therapist, tutorial department head, and Orton-Gillingham teacher trainer. She is the co-creator of Moose Materials, a collection of activities and games to support Orton-Gillingham instruction. She has been a speaker at numerous local, regional, and international dyslexia conferences. 


Marcia Ramsey
Marcia Ramsey has an M.A. in English and French Literature from the University of Iowa and is a Fellow with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. In 2002 she co-founded Greengate School to better serve dyslexic students in Huntsville and North Alabama.  She has over 30 years of experience in education and for the last 15 years has tutored dyslexic students and adults at all levels.

Marcia has presented many workshops about dyslexia and related learning disabilities for area educators and civic groups. In 2012 she was awarded the   Leadership in Literacy award at the Southeast Regional IDA Conference in Atlanta.

Testimonials from Training Participants

  • “Janet Jones and Marcia Ramsey are superior instructors…They provide as much material and practical training as possible…while also modeling the patient, personally responsive and encouraging instruction that characterizes O-G philosophy and practice. This course was well worth the investment in every way. I highly recommend it!”-Tamara, Madison, AL
  • “After attending the two-week Associate level Orton-Gillingham training, I am feeling very powerful! This multi-sensory approach can be applied to any program that a school district has adopted. I have been a public school teacher for 20 years and this course taught me so much new knowledge. I highly recommend this cognitive approach to learning.” -Tami, Literacy Coach, Hoover, AL
  • “One of the best courses I have ever taken. The hands-on practice of the principles and techniques of O.G. were very helpful.”-Pamalee, Guntersville, AL
  • “I am so grateful to have taken this approach to teaching reading and language…I strongly feel that this approach should be part of every public and private school curriculum. I highly recommend this to every teacher. This will benefit every student, not just students with dyslexia.”-Sharon, 3rd grade teacher, Madison City Schools
  • “There is no better method I have seen to help ‘at-risk’ students, not just dyslexic students. Even good readers will benefit from this approach.”–Susan, retired teacher, Madison City Schools
  • “I wish this had been a part of my teacher education classes”. –Marie
Summer Reading Camp



Greengate School's four-week camp works to strengthen language, math, art, and study skills for children with reading difficulties. The camp offers daily reading tutorials conducted by specialists trained in Orton-Gillingham instruction, an approach designed for bright children who struggle in reading, spelling and writing. This helps ensure the child doesn’t lose precious academic ground during the long weeks of summer. 

Studies show that all students experience about a month in learning loss during the summer, and for students with dyslexia, the losses may amount to as much as 3 months. Weaknesses in memory, processing speed, attention, and language development cause precious skills to erode more quickly. As a result, students have to spend more time reviewing at the beginning of each school year in order to catch up. Continuing instruction during the summer months can help greatly reduce learning loss.

Who should attend? 

Students entering grades 1 - 6 who

  • have good verbal abilities who struggle in reading, spelling, writing, and/or math 
  • need continued summer instruction to ensure maintenance or continued growth of skills 
  • can work in a small group setting without major behavioral problems 
  • thrive within a multi-sensory instructional environment.

Children do not need any special testing or learning diagnosis to be eligible to attend the summer reading camp, but parents must submit information for review before acceptance and some pre-screening is completed. We are not able to support children with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties in our summer reading camp.

All registrants will be emailed an enrollment forms packet.

What are the costs and registration deadlines?

  • Cost is $1650 for the full month program.
  • A $500 deposit is due by April 30th to hold your child’s place in the camp.
  • On May 1, unsecured spaces will reopen to those on waiting lists, then to new applicants.
  • Cancellation date is May 15th; after that date, deposits will be non-refundable.
  • Balances are due by the first day of camp.



June 11 - July 6


Greengate School - 2800 Poplar Ave NW, Unit B, Huntsville, AL 35816

Camp Size:

Limited to 40 Students 

Student Teacher Ratio:

Each student receives one Orton-Gillingham tutorial session each day with an OG Specialist.

Core Academics provided at up to 8 students per teacher.


Students to bring their own lunch in a bag or container, clearly labeled with their names.


Daily Orton-Gillingham Individualized Tutoring

Language Arts



Technology: Keyboarding, Computer, Study Skills