In May 2017 we announced that SWR Lesson Plans are in the works. Here’s a video with an update on this project.
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We have an update about our SWR app for Android!
As you may know, the SWR Phonograms app from the Google Play Store has had some issues for the past several months. (Thank you to those that have let us know about this!) Those pesky bugs proved quite troublesome for our app developer, so a different but updated version has been ...Continue Reading →
Did you miss Part One of our End-of-the-Year series? Read it now.
You’ve been busy teaching your Language Arts lessons all year. Now you are faced with the challenge of determining how well your student has done. Where are you? What needs to improve? What could you celebrate? Let’s look at several ways that you can objectively measure your student’s progress this year.
Ah, summer sun, popsicles, time at the pool, and school books set aside for the summer. It’s that time again when teachers are preparing to wrap up their lessons in anticipation of the much-needed summer break. How does an SWR teacher know she’s covered enough material? What kind of assessments can she use to measure the student’s progress for the year? Let’s look at ...Continue Reading →
In the words of Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning.” You’ll want to read previous posts in this series with these links:
We’ve discussed the reliability of the SWR Spelling Rules, the process that you and your student will work through to learn the rules, and how they are ...Continue Reading →
We’ve already mentioned that the SWR Spelling Rules are learned as you work your way through the Wise Lists. Let’s explore a bit more how that is accomplished.
The marking system in SWR helps to reinforce the rules and phonograms. At first the teacher guides the student ...
Did you miss Part 1 in the SWR Spelling Rules series? Read it now.
Let’s continue by discussing the learning process for the SWR Spelling Rules. Some teachers make the mistake of handing the student the list of the rules, having him memorize them, and then calling the learning process “done.” This is not how true learning takes place, and it certainly won’t translate ...Continue Reading →
On Wednesday 3/27/19 we sent out an email with information about our Phonemic Awareness Playlists. You were so excited to receive it . . . until you didn’t.
We’ve had multiple people tell us, “I didn’t get the email” 😢 Well, actually, you probably did — you just need to tell your email provider that you want it.
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Did you know that the most powerful predictor for reading success is the student’s ability to hear and manipulate sounds in words? A beginning reader must link the sounds of language (phonemes) with the written symbols that represent them (phonograms). The backbone of the SWR method involves training the student to orally break words ...
We’ve probably all heard the rule: “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.” Unfortunately, this rule only works 27% of the time when you hold it up to the English language as a whole. Why do we teach rules like this if it’s so incompetent? Wouldn’t we want to teach rules for the language that actually work?
A typical approach to ...Continue Reading →