Phonics/Reading

WRTR for Reading Instruction: Curious?

1GRD

I am!  A while back I got a 3GRD and 6GRD teacher’s manuals for a STEAL on Ebay. It was a revelation!  I totally understand what’s happening now.  But, I was really curious about how WRTR taught reading.  Aren’t you?  Just for heck? Well, I found a public school site that posts their lesson plans! […]

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Memory System Box

3GRD

Since we have dyslexia and dysgraphia in kids 2, 3 respectively, I have had to use a lot of alternative curriculum. I keep little pieces of what works for our methodology. This memory box is dreaded and loved. You can tell where I got it from (All About Spelling). It catches all the material that […]

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WRTR Pacing Guide!!!

3GRD

There are different personalities in this world and mine CANNOT function without a pacing guide. I don’t hold tight to them and force a child to go a particular speed, but I need to know the standard path to make good choices. I make very poor decisions otherwise. I need to know WHAT I’m disobeying, […]

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Spelling Printables!

3GRD

So, one kid is totally on track, number two is dyslexic, and number three struggles with the physical act of writing: I went through several version of the notebooks.  Right now, we just use mine.  But before that, I had these printed and we marked them. If you want the syllable spaces in there, you […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 10

3GRD

This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. “Advice” in the Fortune Cookie #29  Say the double letters so you don’t forget them. This is a weird rule to me.  It’s like a recommendation.  It reminds me of when you open a fortune cookie and get “advice” instead of a fortune.  “Don’t cry […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 9

3GRD

This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Milk Truck Rule /k/ is really the most difficult sound to spell for us. Rule #25 says, “The phonogram ck may be used only after a single vowel that says its short sound.“ AGAIN, that just doesn’t complete the picture, so we state it this […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 8

3GRD

This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. How do you tell princes from princess? Let’s pause for a sec and talk about the /s/ sound.  If you downloaded my sheet from last lesson, you know that there are common and uncommon ways to spell sounds.  One thing that WRTR doesn’t really talk […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 7

3GRD

 This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Flossy Pattern 17. We often double l, s, f, at the end of a one syllable base word. (with a SHORT vowel.) This is called in other circles FLOSSY pattern. This pattern is why we have fluff, ball, grass, but not pooff or baill.  Some […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 6

3GRD

This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Shhhh…Tall, short, and otherwise So, now we are on page 6 of the spelling notebook.  This won’t be taught until halfway through the second year, but here you go. This is rule 13’s page. EXCEPT THAT IT’S MISSING. 13. SH at the beginning of a […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 5

3GRD

This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. The Second Suffix Rule:  # 11, Page 4 When you add any suffix-that-starts-with-a-vowel (ing, ed, ish, etc) to a base word, you have to check for the following three rules: DOUBLING (a consonant) DROPPING (a silent e) CHANGING (a y to an i)* We covered […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 4

3GRD

These “Rules” don’t appear in the Spelling Lists until somewhere around list N, so you won’t be teaching this in order. The First Suffix Rule:  #9-10 When you add any suffix-that-starts-with-a-vowel (ing, ed, ish, etc) to a base word, you have to check for the following three rules: DOUBLING (a consonant) DROPPING (a silent e) […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 3

3GRD

This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Rules 7-8 7.  There are five kinds of silent e’s. If you are familiar with Sound Beginnings, this section is easy: “Time” illustrates “job 1, jump 1.” “Have” and “blue” illustrate “v, u, job 2.” “Chance” and “charge” illustrate “c, g, job 3.” *”Little” illustrates […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 2

3GRD

This is a continuation of a parent series on WRTR. Rules for Spelling NOT Reading This is the BIGGEST sticking point for parents.  It took me YEARS to realize that these are only rules for SPELLING pronunciation.  Compared to a program like All About Spelling or Recipe for Reading, this program seems CRAZY.  This is […]

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WRTR for Parents: Lesson 1

3GRD

Writing Road to Reading makes parents crazy.  Hopefully, this site can help you struggle through. First, let’s give you an idea of how a regular Spalding Spelling lesson goes in a public school.  We don’t do it this way, but you need to understand it for the book to make any sense! How a Spalding […]

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100EZ and Dolch words

100EZ

  MODG uses phonics all the way up to 6th grade, at least.  That’s just as far as I know.  Anyway, I am a big fan of Dolch words (click above picture for the best Dolch site EVER).  It doesn’t hurt anyone for the child to have a couple hundred words memorized before he understands […]

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Sound Beginnings 4-Day Conversion

2GRD

Sound Beginnings is listed in the syllabus according to the “Days” of the internal scheduling of the book. Since it just says “Day 1, Day 2″ and I’m going to have to go look up the actual assignment anyway, it doesn’t foul up anything (so far) for me to follow my own reworked version of […]

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A Peek Inside: Sound Beginnings

2GRD

  Like Writing Road to Reading, this is one of the more controversial book in the curriculum, if you can really call anything 2GRD “controversial.”  It’s expensive.  It’s strange.  Some of the lessons plans are really uneven.  It is a FIRST GRADE learn-to-read program being used as a 2GRD spelling program…AND it’s a different marking […]

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A Peek Inside: Starting a Spelling Notebook

3GRD

This is your assignment book for Writing Road to Reading. It’s got daily assignments according to three different age group levels, but the syllabus will tell you which one to use each year.  See below for the other contents of the book. Below you can see the first week of the most commonly used Daily […]

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Decodable Readers: IN THE RIGHT ORDER!

100EZ

I don’t know about you, but I find reading practice really frustrating.  Every phonics program teaches the phonograms in different orders and I have no idea what readers are right for practice outside of the lessons.  So, I made some printables to help me you out. If you use Teach your Child to Read in […]

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Printable “Green” Language Cards

All Printables

I’ve had these on the site for a while, but I don’t think folks are finding them, so here’s a round up!  I use lots of printables from other’s sites, but there are a few phonograms that I have trouble finding enough works.   So here you go!  you can use Scribd or download the […]

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