The Combo pages list packages of SWR-related products we recommend and an explanation of who would benefit the most from each package.
“What items are essential?”
“What can I wait to get later?”
“What will I need for my beginner?”
Our Combo Packages save you money by getting the supplies you want at a special price and by avoiding extra shipping fees on yet another item you overlooked the first time. Also save time by understanding right away what products will fit your situation the best.
How To Use These Pages
- The basic materials you need are the Core Teacher’s Kit and Learning Logs for you and your student. That’s it. We have many other wonderful products to further assist you in your teaching, but these are all supplemental. The Combo packages listed below are what I recommend for each Skill Level and are what I have used with my own students.
- SWR is NOT a program that plugs children into grade-level work. Read carefully the explanation of each Skill Level listed below to decide where your students fit. Your goal is to have each student working at a level that is appropriate for him/her.
- Do not feel locked into the Combos listed. If there are components of a Combo you do not want, then use the Combos as a shopping list to put together a package that best suits your specific needs and budget. Ordering materials can be done either “a la carte” from the regular shop pages.
- Order for mulitple children by starting with the youngest student, and then add the “a la carte” items for the ones.
Students in this Skill Level have little or no previous writing or reading instruction, but they are ready to begin learning the first phonograms, basic penmanship skills, and the beginning spelling and reading process. Over the course of the school year they will progress into several sections in the Wise Spelling List and will begin reading.
Yr 1 Combos
Students at this Skill Level may or may not have some previous writing or reading instruction, but they are ready to begin learning the phonograms and the spelling and reading process. Their fine motor skills are adequate for quickly learning or reviewing proper penmanship skills. They are ready to make good progress in the Wise Spelling Lists and in learning to read.
Yr 2 Combos
Students at this Skill Level have had previous writing or reading instruction and are continuing in their study of the spelling and reading process. Their penmanship skills are well established, but they may be ready to transition to cursive if they have been using manuscript writing. They are ready to make good progress in the Wise Spelling Lists, in their reading skills, and in their reading comprehension.
Yr 3 and above Combos
Around third grade and above we suggest that students transition to the Black Learning Log for “advanced” study in spelling and reading. Students at this Skill level are well established in their reading instruction. Although their penmanship skills are automatic, they may be ready to transition to cursive if they have been using manuscript writing. These students are ready to work at the advanced level in the Wise Spelling Lists, to continue developing strong reading comprehension, and to delve deeper into studying the English language.