Play by the Sea Book 1 (Spell to Write & Read Beginning Reader)
Readers include only words found in the WISE lists (Book 1 Lists A-F)
A SWR beginning reader for students who have completed Wise Guide Spelling Section I-1. By Wanda Sanseri
SWR does not require a basal reader because we teach from the beginning the keys to the language and children can read using a variety of materials. Nevertheless, I have always wanted to produce some books that focus on the initial spelling words. Our first words are the easiest to spell of the most commonly used words in the language. Unlike most beginning lists, our words are not just words with short vowel sounds. We have the potential of making more interesting and more naturally constructed sentences. This book contains all 120 of the words in Spelling Sections A-F in Wise Guide with an additional twenty-three words.
Play by the Sea has a lyrical quality and clear word pictures. It begins, "We can have fun in the sun on this good hot day in May. We can run, and jump, and play on the land and in the big, green sea. You can look for shells in the sand by me." The adventure by the sea includes a short tan bag of bread to throw. "All the wild sea gulls can land, grab it, and go." What is a favorite activity by the water? You guessed it. "Mother can see us boys make sand into toys. We dug a long street so the sea can run to a thick ring wall. In it we made a hill. We call this a little sand castle. We can see a big wave go up the street to the castle. In and out the wave did play by the wall, at the wall, on the wall, over the wall, in the wall and into the castle. In time ten big waves hit the home of sand, but we did not look to see it. Waves washed it flat as we ran and ran."
All is not peaceful and calm. There are lessons to be learned. The boy telling the story confessed, "I am sad to say I was a bad boy." Read the story to discover what mischievous thing he did and how his father helped him mend his ways. See the boy's positive response to correction. This simple story has interesting graphics, worthwhile instruction, strong family values, and even a touch of humor. Discussion questions are provided at the end as well as some activities that can be done with this book. In the inside front cover a box is headed, "I have successfully read this book by myself!" Lines are provided for a number of students to write their names and the date. This can be an early reading experience to cherish.
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