What people are saying about Spell to Write and Read…
The spelling program with results!
That’s how I would begin to describe this very comprehensive, very complete set of materials. I know from first hand experience that this program works and the results are impressive to say the least. Read more…–Heidi Shaw, Curriculum Reviewer
Wanda Sanseri’s books offer a method of learning to read that begins with spelling.
Using Romalda Spalding’s phonograms taught in The Writing Road to Reading, Mrs. Sanseri has expanded and adapted the technique to create a program that is thorough and will last from the earliest years through the end of high school. Read more… — Martha Robinson, M.S., Curriculum Reviewer, FL
My first five boys could be called the Wiggliest of Willys…
(some are wigglier than others) and they have all benefited beyond compare from Spell to Write and Read, by Wanda Sanseri. The reason that Spell to Write and Read (SWR) works so well with Wiggly Willys is that it is multi-sensory and actively engages all four senses simultaneously: hearing, saying, writing, and seeing each phonogram and word. Read more of this article, Does SWR Work for Wiggly Willys? — Britta McColl, Homeschool Mother and Endorsed SWR Trainer, WI
In my opinion, Spell to Write and Read is one of the best (if not the best) phonics and spelling programs available.
It makes sense of the English language like no other program I’ve seen, and the research behind the program is amazing (based off of The Writing Road to Reading by Romalda Spalding and the research of Dr. Samuel Orton)….I love that I only had to purchase the core kit one time for all my children and for all the grade levels. Read more… — Janelle Knutson, Homeschool Mother, Blogger, Speaker, and Writer, CA
For about 4 years my son was taught with the SIGHT method first. This resulted in him being able to read a little better but he could not spell, write neatly, nor compose thought.
He had spelling words and sight words each week. He often got all his main spelling words correct on Friday’s test, but on Monday he could not spell a single word. Basically he was learning nothing, and all of his intervention plan was SIGHT based. After two special needs programs, I started teaching him at home with SWR, which taught him to link the sound to the symbol, not to letter name. This proved to be a very important key in helping him decode and encode the language. Using the combination of senses, he could retain the word. He needed to use the 4 senses of HEARING, SPEAKING, WRITING and READING in this particular order to retain the words. This method is a simultaneously multi-sensory approach. There is a big difference. The specific blending of the senses or pathways used by the mind, as presented in SWR, reached my son and unlocked his ability to finally process the language. The progression for teaching a child to read is as follows: Sounds of speech, penmanship, spelling, logic, composition, grammar, and SPONTANEOUS READING. Notice reading is the last step not the first. When a child does not have the proper foundation laid, they will struggle to learn to read. Finally, Spell to Write and Read is a curriculum that can be used for a variety of learning styles. This is the mark of a good curriculum. The clean and clear presentation of the phonics code in SWR is the method that I have found to yield the best results. The SIGHT method does not produce this kind of retention.–Anne-Marie Jordan, Homeschool Mom, GA
When we brought our son home to home school him starting at 2nd grade, I was sure that I could quickly turn around his poor reading ability.
I really didn’t know much more about teaching reading than asking my son to “sound out the words.” But this was not the explicit phonics instruction that he needed…I was on a quest since this difficult start with my oldest son to find the best way to teach reading and spelling. I wanted to find a method for my oldest to really learn how to spell, and I didn’t want my other children to have to struggle with learning to read and spell…After only a year and a half with SWR my oldest son’s weakness in spelling has been turned into his strength. At age 15, he and his 12 year-old brother reached 11.7-grade level in spelling mastery…My younger three boys are spelling 2 and 3 years above grade level reading very well. Read more… — Britta McColl, Homeschool Mother and Endorsed SWR Trainer, WI
I have three children with dyslexia who have received expensive dyslexia therapy.
I also have other children who I have homeschooled and taught to read. I have used many, many phonics programs, but last September I heard about SWR. This is by far the BEST program I have ever seen. I have learned much as I’ve researched to help my children, and I can assure you that this makes the most sense…. even better than the therapy my sons received, imho. I do not think you can find something better. Just in the month or so that we’ve been doing it, I’ve been amazed with my 7yod’s progress, and even my 9yos and my 12yos, who both have dyslexia, no longer fight me when it is time to do SWR. They actually enjoy it, I believe because of the way it engages their minds. It is not passive memorizing (which they struggle with) but actively hearing, writing, reasoning (for the markings of the words) and get this– their favorite part is when they get to make up sentences! I never thought I’d hear that!– Jennifer
Our 8yo son went through two different programs without learning to read.
He enjoyed the little stories and jingles that went with each sound, but we couldn’t seem to get any further. It was scary to try something new, but after reading through the BHI materials and listening to the phonogram CD I began to understand things I never had and gained confidence to get started. After twelve weeks, Aaron is reading, spelling, and writing, and really enjoying himself. His brother Philip, age 6, is only a half step behind him.– East Coast Homeschool Mom