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Worksheet Books Digital Makeover

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Our Wise Guide Enrichment Worksheet books are getting a digital makeover. We are in the process of moving to delivering the Student version of the worksheets as a digital file instead of on a CD enclosed with the Teacher’s book.

Many of our customers have reported that their computers no longer have a CD reader, and since we recommend saving the digital file on the CD directly to your computer anyway, we decided it’s time to just go straight to ...

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How Penmanship Helps Phonics Learning

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“I know penmanship is important, but how does it tie into phonics instruction?”

English is a phonetic language. That means that the letters and groups of letters in words represent the sounds of our speech. When a child is taught to instantly recognize and to write the symbols (alphabet letters) that represent the sounds in his language, he can master the code we call ...

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Teaching Reading and Writing with Cursive First

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Back in 2012 I had the pleasure of joining Hank and Sherry Osborne of the Home School Support Network on a podcast in which we discussed the benefits of and methods for teaching cursive. During our time together we discussed the following topics.

  • Statistics on our nation’s literacy failures
  • Why handwriting is important
  • The history of handwriting ...
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How to Teach Cursive Before Fine Motor Control Develops

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Child Learning cursive

You have a little one that’s eager to learn to read and write, and you’ve heard that teaching cursive from the beginning is developmentally more appropriate. But your child doesn’t hold a pencil correctly yet or even write. How can you teach him cursive penmanship?

You will want to follow the same pattern that your child used for learning other body movements: start with large ...

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Announcing our Worksheet Books

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We’re so pleased to announce that we have a new supplemental product available to use with Spell to Write and Read. We’ve developed Enrichment Activity Worksheets that coordinate with The Wise Guide to help busy teachers be more effective in lesson planning. Their students now have the opportunity to work with and experience the spelling words in the context of the language they are expected to use for everyday reading and writing activities. This is key to understanding spelling and how the ...

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