Spell to Write and Read Core Kit

Spell to Write and Read Core Kit

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Item #: 048480
ISBN: 9781880045312
Grades: K-4

Product Description:

Includes Spell to Write & Read (book), WISE Guide for Spelling (book), 70 Basic Phonogram Cards, Phonogram CD, and Spelling Rule Cards.

Publisher Description:

Spell to Write and Read is both the name of the master book to the entire program and the title for the program itself. The SWR Core kit contains five companion products that work together to teach the first 4 to 6 years of unified language arts or to remediate any age. Spell to Write and Read is an Old Schoolhouse winner for educational excellence. It is also named twice as one of Cathy Duffy's Top Picks. Many people consider SWR to be the best reading program on the market. Others use SWR as just a spelling program. Most teachers appreciate the efficient, unified way SWR integrates many disciplines. Spelling serves as the foundation for phonics, penmanship, literature, composition, grammar, and vocabulary enrichment in a way that leads to spontaneous reading. The program is suitable to all because it uses a logical progression, multi-sensory instruction, and scientific research in a way proven to produce outstanding spellers and readers. The SWR Core Kit includes:

  • Spell to Write and Read --the overall master book.
  • WISE Guide -- list of 2000 spelling words (K-12) with lesson plan ideas for each set of 20 words
  • The Phonogram Cards & The Spelling Rule Cards -- compose 98 "keys" to the language taught throughout the program
  • The Phonogram CD -- teaches proper sound for phonograms

Category Description for Spell to Write and Read:

What do The Writing Road to Reading, and this program, Spell to Write & Read have in common? Both have similar (and potentially confusing) names. Both would be labeled intensive phonics. And Both would claim a teaching progression something like this: sounds of speech - building words - developing a spelling vocabulary - writing original sentences - and then reading follows. If that sounds a little backwards to you, remember that these programs have very devoted followers who claim great success using this methodology and Spell to Write and Read is one of Cathy Duffy's 100 Top Picks for Homeschooling Curriculum.

Spell to Write and Read by Wanda Sanseri is an updated replacement for a previous program (Teaching Reading at Home and School) and is designed exclusively to work with the W.I.S.E. Guide for Spelling, also by Mrs. Sanseri. While SWR and the WISE Guide are considered a reading and spelling program, they could also be used as a stand-alone spelling program for a child who is already reading. SWR functions as a step-by-step teacher's guide to accompany the specific word lists in the WISE Guide. Covering preparation, philosophy, preschool pointers, reading aloud, evaluating achievement levels, and teaching penmanship with phonograms, it also illustrates in scripted detail the spelling dictation process and the spelling rule Reference Pages with instructions and examples. These spelling rule Reference Pages are central to the entire teaching/learning system. Ideas for reading assignments, ways to improve comprehension skills and refine composition skills round out the teacher's tools. In summary, this is the overall master book of a product combination that works together to teach the first four to five years of language arts or to remediate students of any age. The other components include the WISE Guide, 70 Basic Phonogram Cards, Spelling Rule Cards, 70 Basic Phonograms CD, the Primary Learning Log, and the Black Learning Log (more details on these below).

The W.I.S.E. Guide for Spelling (W.I.S.E. stands for Words, Instruction, and Spelling Enrichments) includes a core spelling list that is an updated version of the well-known Ayres List - a foundational vocabulary of 2000 spelling words. Words are divided into manageable daily lessons with 2 pages of teaching ideas for each set of 20 words. Each lesson has preliminary warm-up drills, motivational comments for introducing the lesson, and reminders to teach specific Reference Pages from SWR. Sample sentences are given to illustrate each word. Selections come from the Bible, literature, quotes from famous people, or instructive comments. Each word is divided into syllables and marked for spelling rules. Suggested teacher dialogue is provided. Optional enrichment activities involve a wide variety of subjects - art, literature, composition, grammar, etymology, alphabetizing, analogies, oxymorons, and many more.

This program, like other intensive phonics programs, is exceedingly detailed and painstakingly comprehensive and thorough. The extreme attention to detail would detract for many, but for those who want to follow a thoroughly researched and carefully implemented approach, this may be for you. ~ Janice

Category Description for Complete Programs - Phonics:

Programs in this section go beyond teaching children how to read, incorporating phonetic readers, spelling and writing as well. Arranged roughly by grade/age.

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Best price, best all-over solution for multi-year learning with varied ages
Diane H on Jul 18, 2021
Wonderful curriculum.
Susan F on Jun 23, 2021
Best price, best all-over solution for multi-year learning with varied ages
Diane H on Jul 18, 2021
Required material for school
Megan R on Jul 13, 2021
Wonderful curriculum.
Susan F on Jun 23, 2021
The classical school we will be attending uses this curriculum.
Shannon V on May 31, 2021
I have heard nothing but good things about the Spaulding Method. I read The Writing Road to Reading and that, along with positive reviews from friends, compelled me to try Spell To Write and Read for my child's First Grade year.
Lydia N on May 28, 2021
I can use it for all my children, for all levels to learn to spell better. I have done a lot of research on this curriculum and tried a lot of others. My 7th grader, dyslexic, was tested at a 3.5 grade level for spelling/reading. So we are trying this.
Jennifer M on May 17, 2021
We are looking at possible curriculum for our school.
Susan F on Apr 21, 2021
I heard it was a really good program from several experienced homeschool moms.
Katie Z on Apr 12, 2021
I am a veteran homeschool mom who taught for a total of 21 years. I used this program with my 3 children and now am buying it for my grandchildren. My husband struggled in school because he was taught the whole language method of reading and never grasped the basics of phonics. I wanted my children not to struggle with reading and was very satisfied with the results of this program. So excited to see my grandchildren learn by the same method!
Audrey B on Mar 11, 2021
This was recommended by my mentor who raised three children to love the Lord and fulfill their callings. I am looking forward to helping my 1st grader learn to spell in this approach.
Carmen H on Mar 6, 2021
erin l on Oct 29, 2020
I've heard nothing but great things about this spelling program - looking forward to giving it a try!
Erin L on Oct 26, 2020
It was recommended for strong spelling, especially for weak spellers and readers. I have a couple of weak spellers and would like to build their level. Also, it covers spelling from kindergarten to grade 12/college level, so a good value.
Claudia M on Aug 20, 2020
I teach classical education and this method of teaching was highly recommended by our curriculum.
Glare S on Aug 19, 2020
Highly recommended
Laura W on Aug 17, 2020
I chose this for a more rigorous phonic/ spelling that will hopefully act as a great foundation through the college years.
Paula on Jul 6, 2020
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Madeline M on Jun 28, 2020
I'm reading Understanding the Logic of English and realize that this is the best way to teach my child how to read. I chose the core kit so that I would have all of the necessary resources to implement the process.
Beth A on Jun 8, 2020
Needed the updated version.
Megan D on May 10, 2020
Used this program for my older grandchildren (now 25 and 21). Getting this for my daughter in law to use for my youngest grandchildren (7 and 4). Am expecting the same great results for these children! I recommend this to all home school moms/dads. Great foundation that continues to help my grandchildren in their professional lives
Melissa M B on May 2, 2020
It expands grades and can be pace with the student
Paula jean W on Apr 23, 2020
I'm looking for a spelling curriculum that is phonics based for my 2nd grader, who is almost reading but struggling a lot with our current spelling curriculum. I'm hoping to use mostly the WISE guide for spelling since she's already reading. We'll see how it goes!
Emily V on Apr 15, 2020
awesome spelling curriculum that lasts for all grades
Claire P on Apr 25, 2019
The English language is complicated. Schools teach rules with a ton of exceptions. Why not just teach the actual phonics and spelling rules! I used this with my two older boys and it worked very well! I am excited to use again with our youngest!
Amy M on Mar 23, 2019
Great reviews.
Cassie S on Feb 19, 2019
Wanted a spelling program that was in depth on spelling rules.
Elaina M on Dec 14, 2018
Friend recommended this curriculum
Theresa H on Aug 19, 2018
I believe this to be the best language arts program available
User on Aug 15, 2018
Great Success using this at the classical school, now homeschooling and excited to continue using
Valerie N on May 3, 2018
I am really hoping this does the trick since my kiddo is 3-4 grade levels behind in spelling. I like that it has CDs even though I am not fond of the "christian" but non-biblical quotations and sentences that the word is used in. Ugh how am I going to undo all that damage? But I digress ... I like how the spelling rule is paired with a word list and I hope this does the trick otherwise logic of english (which seems too juvenile at this point).
User on Jun 7, 2017
Recommended by a few friends
Karen F on Apr 5, 2017
My son is in need of help with his spelling.
Barrington C on Jan 24, 2017
Recommended by another homeschooling mom.
Jillian J on Dec 19, 2016
Recommended by friend.
Danielle C on Nov 14, 2016
Recommended by my co op
Melissa L on Oct 10, 2016
Recommendation from a friend
Daniel P on Aug 5, 2016
After a lot of research, I decided to go with SWR. It is cost effective and the program that most makes sense to me. I've learned a lot about English that I never knew and was puzzled about. I'm learning right along with my children. A lot of the mysteries of English have been solved for me through this program.
Dawn S on Jun 28, 2016
After much research I chose this curriculum because it allows me to teach all my children of various ages all their language skills with minimal time and materials.
Emily G on Feb 18, 2016
My kids are having a lot of trouble with spelling and a friend recommended this program. I did a lot of research, and this looked like the best program for us because it teaches concrete rules.
Mariah S on Nov 13, 2015
Required material for school
Megan R on Jul 13, 2021
The classical school we will be attending uses this curriculum.
Shannon V on May 31, 2021
Is the SWR teachers manual the same book that comes with this core kit? Or is there a book with this core kit that can not be purchased individually?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the SWR Teacher Manual is the same book that comes with this core kit:


There are two books in this Core Kit - the Teacher Manual and the W.I.S.E. Guide - both of which are available for separate purchase.

Is the core program enough for 1st grade? What other material is required?
Debbie on Sep 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This program is wonderful. It is pretty much a complete phonics and spelling program that could go from kindergarten all the way through fifth grade. It is very inexpensive, would work great with multiple age groups, and is very quick to teach. Essentially there are phonogram cards that you review, Then after learning all of the sounds the letters make and a few spelling rules, the child is asked to try to spell words on his or her own. You can move as fast or as slowly as you need to. If you have a friend who has used this program before, it may be helpful to have someone to demonstrate how the lessons go. There are also very helpful YouTube videos that walk you through everything you need to know. I will be using this program for all of my kids all the way through. The materials that come in this kit are pretty much all that you need. The only other thing you need to order is a learning log for every student that you plan to teach.
What year is this edition?
A shopper on Jul 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We show it with a publication date of 2001.
what year is this edition?
A shopper on Jun 18, 2017
I am deciding between this curriculum and The Writing Road to Reading. My question is: Does this kit come with lesson plans? Thank you!
User on Mar 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not exactly, it has The Spelling Guide Book, which has lists, that tell you what phonograms and rules to review or introduce for that list, but not exactly "lesson plans." There is also a placement test that you can give so you know where to start your student. This program can be a little confusing at first, but after putting a little time into looking over it, skimming and reading parts, I was able to do and and not feel overwhelmed. I have 3rd, 1st, and K5, kids and I have loved having this program this year! Its worth any time needed to figure it out and do it!
what is the difference between Organized Spelling Lessons and the Essential Teacher Planner?
A shopper on Dec 10, 2015
Spell to Write and Read Core Kit
Spell to Write and Read Core Kit
W.I.S.E. Guide for Spelling
W.I.S.E. Guide for Spelling
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure if I understand the question completely but I will try to answer. The WISE Guide for Spelling is the book the teacher uses everyday as they work through the spelling lists. You need the SWR core book (I assume this is what you are referring to as Essential Teacher Planner.) It gives the steps and is full of information and rich resources. It took me awhile to understand but the DVDs really helped tremendously. We are more than happy with SWR. It is a well thought out program and Im learning along with my daughter.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Intense but Powerful
I ordered this system because it came highly recommended, but I knew before I even began that it came with a learning curve. I didn't commit to it until I was ready to put in the personal time to read and better understand the approach and techniques. I have 3 homeschoolers; my eldest two began their educations in public school and their phonics comprehension is poor. This is definitely helping us to clean up the gaps in their understanding. My youngest child, a first grader, is lucky to be beginning, and is picking up cursive far more quickly than I ever imagined. I'm really thankful we want for it, and highly recommend that parents consider it--as well as waiting to consider it until they're ready to prepare themselves for a little time of personal preparation.
September 10, 2021
2 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Worth the effort
I will echo everything that the previous testifier, Heather, wrote. This program is very challenging to learn to teach. I feel like the manual explains the "why" but the "how-to" is very much lacking. As I read through, I took lots and lots of notes - even writing out a script for myself for my first day of teaching it so I would remember everything I was supposed to say and touch on. Needless to say, this program and pushed me out of my comfort zone.

I tried a few different things with my son but everything was very painful. I even took him to a summer reading program at a local university last summer and the only thing that did was reassure me that by continuing to look for something that would work for him was the right thing to do. Another homeschooling mom told me about SWR and she warned me that it's hard to learn to teach but once you do, it'll be very rewarding. I will say that watching online SWR video tutorials along with reading the manual really helped solidify things for me.

My son now knows more about phonograms and spelling rules than I have ever knew in my 35 years. I've always been a terrible speller but I feel like this program will not only help him learn to read and spell well, but he will also know WHY things are spelled the way that they're spelled.

I was concerned about the cursive and thought that maybe I would stick to manuscript since that is what we were originally doing but he is learning to write cursive beautifully - and it really is easier for him than the manuscript was!

The rewards of this program far outweigh the confusion and hard work that you have to put in as the teacher in the beginning. Just prepare to spend some significant time learning how to teach it, watch some SWR videos, get your materials all prepared, and then jump all in - it really is worth it!
March 7, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Difficult to learn, but an amazing foundation
I taught my firstborn to read using The Reading Lesson. He took off on his own then, and is reading way ahead of his grade level. I never really taught him spelling, but he is an excellent speller because he is a visual person. I am the same way. I read a lot, therefore I can spell because I remember how the word is supposed to look.

Teaching my second born has been hard. I went through the same book, but she was not a confident reader upon completion. She was a terrible speller. I could not figure out why she wasn't able to spell the most basic words. A few months into homeschooling 3rd grade, I realized we had to do something drastically different.

I have spent a lot of money on this program. I decided that if I was going to do it, I wanted to do it all the way, so I bought lots of the extras. In the beginning, it was difficult. I felt like I was learning a new language. This program is not user friendly or easy to implement. It requires lots of hands on time from the teacher. But it is worth it. I have learned so much that I didn't know about the English language, and we are only on list D. There's still a lot of learning I have to do, but I actually look forward to our SWR time every day. And my daughter has improved in leaps and bounds over the last few weeks. I see the rules and fingergrams clicking in her brain. And she recalls rules that I don't even remember teaching her.

It seems contrary, but this program is complicated and simple at the same time. A huge learning curve to get started, but it feels like a very basic late-1800s-one-room-schoolhouse style of learning. If you have the time to invest in it, I would highly recommend it.
February 2, 2017

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