Spell to Write and Read Curriculum IDEAS
After trying and feeling disappointed with several spelling programs over several years, a friend of mine convinced me to try Spell to Write and Read (SWR) by Wanda Sanseri. After she explained to me her son's success and why she felt the curriculum was amazing, I dropped the spelling curriculum we were then using, ordered SWR, and haven't looked back. If you are considering SWR or are new to the program, you may enjoy checking out SWR Endorsed Trainer and Supplement Writer, Liz Fitzgerald's super helpful and thorough online resources:
I have discovered some extra ways to make this amazing curriculum shine for my kids and for me. Let me share with you:
- Why we love this curriculum
- How I organize lessons and materials
- How we add color to our spelling time
Top Reasons Why We Love Spell to Write and ReadPurposeful Exercises/Activities
Word Familiarity Through Application
By manipulating the words in different ways, the words in a list become more visually ingrained in my kids’ minds. Each time they work with their words through reading, alphabetizing, categorizing, finding, writing, composing sentences, running bees, spelling bees, games, etc., they are having to SEE/read the word. They are having to think and remember in order to pick it out from the rest, and that is familiarizing them with reading and spelling that word SO much more quickly than they could have recalled it from mindless copying or only reading it when they naturally come across it in books. Love that. I also love the way the recommended activities use the words in clever ways to reinforce grammar and composition.
Consistent Sounds and Rules Mixed Throughout List
Unlike many other programs which use a single rule or letter combination threaded throughout a list, each of SWR's lists uses a variety of phonograms and spelling rules. It’s easy for a child to recognize a pattern (like each word has “ea” in it) in their list and then just apply it for the test, but can they spell those words correctly when they need to next week or month? SWR's lists are organized in a completely different way, so the student is exposed in a methodical and level-appropriate way to many different phonograms and rules. Having a variety of rules applied in each list means that they will use and think about all the rules over and over again in future lists, which also means that those rules will more naturally come to their minds when they are needing to spell a word they haven’t yet learned. Nothing is forgotten or assumed.
Super Handy Phonograms and Rules
- Ongoing list of words that I want to incorporate into their lists
- Completed Work (enrichment worksheets, activities/assignments, tests, etc.)
- Picture This! Writing Paper or Scrapbook Penmanship Paper (large rule or small rule) printed out and ready for test days
- Diagnostic Test instructions, grading chart, and blank sheets