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Teaching Reading

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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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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