Setting Goals with SWR

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January is a great time to assess where you are in your teaching and to chart a course to finish the school year well. In a five-part video series, I will walk you through the process of setting goals that relate to teaching with Spell to Write and Read. Please get out some paper, and join me for these sessions.

Here is the first ...

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Six Tips for Learning During the Holidays

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Has the holiday rush put learning on the back burner? Here are six ways you can make sure your young student doesn’t lose momentum with his Language Arts skills while on a holiday break.

  1. Involve the Kids in Holiday Preparations — Young children can help with the cookie baking, setting the table, addressing envelopes for Christmas cards, and so much more. How special for Grandma ...
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How Penmanship Helps Phonics Learning

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“I know penmanship is important, but how does it tie into phonics instruction?”

English is a phonetic language. That means that the letters and groups of letters in words represent the sounds of our speech. When a child is taught to instantly recognize and to write the symbols (alphabet letters) that represent the sounds in his language, he can master the code we call written ...

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How to Provide “Scaffolding” with SWR

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Have you heard the term “scaffolding” before in regards to teaching? In education, this term refers to a variety of instructional techniques used to move students progressively toward stronger understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in the learning process.*

Let’s explore how the SWR teacher helps students move through the process of learning a new word to being able to recognize it while reading ...

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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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