Ten Tips for Lesson Planning with SWR

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The beginning of a new calendar year is typically when we’re assessing how it’s been going and what we can do to improve. Following are TEN TIPS for putting together your SWR the lessons.

Tip #1: Review Phonograms DAILY.
See SWR p. 40 for the TWO ways you want to practice phonograms every day (reading and spelling).

Tip #2: Include some form of writing every day.
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Live Video Support … it’s the cherry on top!

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We offer our SWR and Cursive First users tremendous support — and now interactive videos?

Video support for Spell to Write and Read and Cursive First is now available on my Facebook Page. This is your chance to join me in a session, ask questions, and discuss the topics you’ve asked for…in the LIVE STREAMING format.

July 1 – Let’s Peek at ...

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10 Errors I made as an SWR Newbie — Part Two

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10 Errors I made as an SWR Newbie Pt2Today I’ll continue sharing the top ten errors I made as a newbie SWR teacher. You can read Part One here.

6. I didn’t have the kids “say it while you write it.”

The “sight word” approach to teaching reading involves showing the child a card, saying the word, and expecting the child to visually memorize ...

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10 Errors I Made as an SWR Newbie – Part One

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The year was 1991, and I was teaching in a Special Education classroom for children with speech and language delays. When I considered how my K-3 students were doing in reading, I shuddered. The Whole Language approach our district had adopted was failing not only most of the students in the school but especially my precious language-delayed students. ...

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Reader Award Winners for 2016

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We’re so honored to have been selected among the top three rankings once again in the Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards for 2016. Spell to Write and Read placed 3rd for both Spelling and Phonics while Cursive First placed 2nd for Handwriting. What makes these awards so special is that homeschoolers from all over voted for those materials with which they were personally ...

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Teaching Reading and Writing with Cursive First

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Cursive First Podcast

Back in 2012 I had the pleasure of joining Hank and Sherry Osborne of the Home School Support Network on a podcast in which we discussed the benefits of and methods for teaching cursive. During our time together we discussed the following topics.

  • Statistics on our nation’s literacy failures
  • Why handwriting is important
  • The history of handwriting in our country
  • How/why a shift ...
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How to Teach Cursive Before Fine Motor Control Develops

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Child Learning cursive

You have a little one that’s eager to learn to read and write, and you’ve heard that teaching cursive from the beginning is developmentally more appropriate. But your child doesn’t hold a pencil correctly yet or even write. How can you teach him cursive penmanship?

You will want to follow the same pattern that your child used for learning other body movements: start ...

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6 Options for Providing Context During Spelling Dictation

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6 OptionsYou’re teaching a new spelling word, using full spelling dictation. You present the new word, but now you need to provide context for that word so the student knows what it means.Sometimes he needs help differentiating between this word and another one that sounds like it (e.g. meat vs. meet). Following are six options for providing some variety in your ...

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A New Way to Think About Spelling & Reading Instruction

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A common misconception about teaching spelling is that the student simply needs to learn which letters to use and in which order to list them when writing a word. It is also assumed that once a child can learn to decode words* reading has been taught. Both are far from accurate.

Words are part of a language, and they not only have meaning, but they change meaning depending on how they are used ...

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