The Wise Guide for Spelling


by Wanda Sanseri

Wise is an acronym for Words, Instructions, and Spelling Enrichments. It’s also the author’s maiden name. The Wise Guide is the companion spelling list of words for SWR. Together these two books take the guesswork out of teaching language arts, once and for all!

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This book is included in the Core Teacher’s Kit along with Spell to Write and Read70 Basic Phonogram CardsPhonogram CD, and Spelling Rule Cards.

Save money with our Combo Packages when purchasing this as part of the Core Teacher’s Kit.

We are now shipping the newest 2015 version of both the Wise Guide and SWR books.


The core spelling list is an updated version of the renowned Ayres List completed in 1915. Computerized studies include other words in the top one thousand. The Wise List includes these recent additions as well as a number of frequently misspelled words and organizes the list of high frequency words into sections according to spelling difficulty.

This foundational vocabulary of 2000 spelling words is divided into manageable lessons with two pages of ideas for each set of 20 words. Each lesson has preliminary warmup drills, motivational comments for introducing the lesson, and reminders to teach specific Reference Pages, which follow instructions in SWR. Sample sentences are given to illustrate each word. Selections come from the Bible, literature, quotes of famous people, or instructive comments. Each word is divided into syllables and marked for spelling rules.

Suggested teacher dialogue is provided. Creative spelling reinforcements replace boring, passive activities like copying a word five times and bring Language Arts lessons to life. These enrichment activities involve a wide variety of subjects: art, literature, composition, grammar (including all parts of speech), antonyms, synonyms, derivatives, etymology, contractions, compound words, alphabetizing, punctuation, alliteration, homonyms, analogies, words of comparison, oxymorons, figures of speech, poetry, plurals, possession, and appositives.

To read more about this award-winning program, read our Spell to Write and Read pages.


See Samples from SWR and WG

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