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.