Let's Play, "I See!" Book 2 (Spell to Write & Read Beginning Reader)
Readers include only words found in the WISE lists (Book 2 Lists A-H).
By Wanda Sanseri. Book 2 in the SWR Beginning Reader series. These books contain reading selections where most of the words come from early spelling lists in the Wise Guide.
Let's Play "I See" checks the student's comprehension in a fun manner. The student reads a series of questions like a detective searching for the answer. The questions move from general to more specific. Can the student identify on his own the pet or person or thing that the author describes? This book does not prompt wild guessing based on picture clues. The word answer and a companion picture cannot be seen until he turns the page. The student captures the meaning from the text alone. The illustrations are a fun reward for the "right answer." This book earned five stars from the children who read the initial draft.
What a fun way to stimulate thinking skills as well as reading! Does your student enjoy playing the game, "I Spy?" Then her eyes will sparkle with Let's Play, "I See."
Programs in this section go beyond teaching children how to read, incorporating phonetic readers, spelling and writing as well. Arranged roughly by grade/age.
In the SWR program a student will learn phonograms and spelling words before doing any story-reading. These small readers provide that first reading experience although the sentences are a bit more involved than a normal fist reader (i.e. sentences might have 8-13 words rather than the more typical 3-5). Including only words found in the WISE lists (Book 1 - Lists A-F; Book 2 - Lists A-H), each two-page spread provides a picture on the left-hand side and a series of sentences (from 3-7) on the right-hand side. Book 2 provides a twist. The series of sentences describe something that can be seen by the child beginning with "I see . . . " and ending with the statement "It is a _______." The backside of that page provides a picture-answer to the question.
Small, black and white, 20-page supplementary books for the Spell to Write and Read program that introduces the student to simple grammar and diagramming as well as providing reading practice and the opportunity to do some drawing. Each page provides a half-page box (for illustrations), a sentence, a fill-in-the-blank diagram, some teacher notes and a teacher-student instructive dialogue. These dialogues are the "heart" of this little publication: walking the student through finding the subject, verbs (Book 1) and prepositions (Book 2). The sentences are all taken from the WISE lists (Book 1 - Lists A-E; Book 2 - Lists A-H)
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