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SWR Spelling Rules – Part Four

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In the words of Mary Poppins, “Let’s start at the very beginning.” You’ll want to read previous posts in this series with these links:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

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 reinforced as you move through the spelling words in the Wise Lists. In this last post in our series, we’ll address how the SWR Spelling Rule cards are used as part of your tools for learning.

When preparing to use the rule cards, see the back of the cover sheet for information about how to color some of them. Use a sharp red pencil on these specific cards before you laminate them. While laminating your cards is not required, it sure helps to make them stand up to use over time. See our Getting Started Series Tip #2 for more on this.

The rule cards are not shown to a Beginning Student until you get to List F. See the SWR Step #20. I suggest that you don’t show them to an Advanced student until around the second month of the year, except for when you’re using them to introduce a new rule, per the instructions in the SWR text. How is the student learning the rules if you’re not showing the cards? He hears you say them, repeats them after you, and with repeated exposure, learns to say them on his own. The cards are brought in as a visual aid once he’s already had some experience practicing the rules, applying them to new spelling words, and reinforcing them with the marking system.

The rule cards are a great way to warm up for a lesson in which you’re teaching new spelling words. Pull the cards for the rules that will be used in the new list as instructed by the Preliminaries in your Wise Guide (see the top left corner of the 2-page spread).

In this video excerpt from a Facebook Live Q&A session I discuss the rule cards and how they fit into your lessons.

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