Spell to Write and Read

Resurrecting the historically successful idea of starting with phonics-based spelling, SWR weaves beginning through 12th grade spelling into a full language arts program. Rather than merely memorizing words, as in traditional spelling programs, students are taught how to analyze the reasons behind a word’s spelling and pronunciation, giving them a strategy to learn any word they encounter. Reading is a natural outgrowth of spelling instruction. Most spelling or phonics programs are based simply on what’s been used before. SWR is based on solid physiological research and historical precedent and will amaze you with its simplicity, conciseness, and completeness. It is a time-proven method with over 50 years of success throughout the States.


Reading is primarily a visual skill but is best taught when involving all the key avenues to the mind (hearing, saying, writing, and seeing). A third of the population, many with high intelligence, find reading nearly impossible to learn from a visual mode only. By linking speaking, spelling, and writing with reading, we connect four different pathways to the brain, thereby paving the way for virtually everyone to learn. Such a well-rounded presentation helps prevent or remediate spelling and reading failure.


Many people consider SWR to be the best reading program on the market. Others use SWR as just a spelling program. Most teachers appreciate how the spelling instruction is reinforced by simultaneously teaching other important topics. This integrated language arts approach includes phonics, penmanship, literature, logic, grammar, composition, vocabulary building, and more in a way that leads to spontaneous reading. SWR is integrated learning at its best!


SWR is valuable for students of all ages and abilities. Gifted students readily apply the rules to more advanced words. SWR is a lifesaver to students who have failed or struggled to learn with inconsistent and incomplete phonics rules. They are greatly relieved to discover a logical pattern to English. In addition, SWR is highly successful for students with visual difficulties or dyslexia. This program has been shown to raise reading scores in all types of learners.

Learning Logs

Students create their own personalized primer for spelling entirely from guided teacher dictation. As the captain of a ship logs information about his travels, so the student will record information he learns about the English language. He will include in his learning log the weekly spelling lists and will build reference pages where he practices applying the spelling rules.


SWR has received numerous awards and great reviews from many of the public and private schools, homeschoolers, and magazines which have used or reviewed it. Over the last ten years, SWR has been selected for the top three places in various magazine curricula contests and has been honored to be included in Cathy Duffy’s 100 Top Picks (2005) and her 101 Top Picks (2012) curriculum review books.