Spelling

Rules and Phonograms Printables

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I find the WRTR book cumbersome. Here are some printables that you can put in yours or your child’s notebook for reference. Oh, and a set of the phonograms cards. Spalding phonogram cards Single page Spalding Rules and helpful stuff Single page Spalding Phonograms for reference

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Digital Flashcards: Latin, Geography, Phonograms

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Have you heard of “spaced repetition”?  It’s practicing words you don’t know at intervals.  I made decks for Beginning Latin I, II, and Fundamentals I on memrise.com.  The advantage of that site is that the material is cumulative and you have control over adding new words.  The child can practice daily, only the words he […]

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WRTR Mini-Lessons, Handwriting

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A while back I wrote “Teaching Cards” for WRTR.  I realized later that most people don’t live in their laminator like I do.  So here’s a pdf version that’s printable like a book.  The rules are in order.  Whenever you need to “teach rule ___”  just grab this doc and find your spot.  It’s also […]

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WRTR FAQ

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I got some great questions emailed to me and asked if I could share it on the site. 1) Why is the a marked long in the suffix a-ble even if it’s not said that way? Because the suffix base on its own has a long a (able)? or for spelling purposes only or both? […]

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AAS versus WRTR: For Spelling

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The hot topic seems to be All About Spelling(AAS) versus Writing Road to Reading (WRTR) these days.  I have a lot of detailed knowledge about spelling programs and actually write content for a dyslexia intervention program, so lemme share what I know. I am also open to private questions at ivorysoap76 at gmail dot com. […]

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Wordly Wise 4 Spalding/Latin Keys

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More keys! How exciting, right? If you use Spalding and Worldy Wise and Latin, you will like this. Otherwise? Boring. Sorry. Lists 1-10 Lists 11-15 Lists 16-24   We find remembering the spelling easier for those words that come directly from Latin.  Here are the lists of words from each lesson that come directly from […]

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Teaching Cards WRTR: Set II

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In the last set, I covered the rules that come up really early in the year.  Here are the rest.  I would love some feedback! TeachingCardsSetII

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WRTR Teaching Cards

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  I have talked many times before about how difficult WRTR can be.  Teacher’s who use it in schools attend training classes.  Spalding has them for parents too. I find that a parent (me, three times over, for example) starts to drown in the early weeks of Rule Pages.  The scripts for those pages are in […]

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Repentance….WRTR #5

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The louder and more set against something I am, the closer I am to buying into it the next day.  I haven’t figured out why that is.  But it happens. The words I get to eat this round are all about Rule #5.  Y and I only say /i/ and /I/. It’s stupid, right?  They […]

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WRTR Teacher’s Manual!!!

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I found mine for $10 on ebay.  Boy, are they eye opening!  It’s not as pretty as AAS, but many of the things I like about AAS are in the manuals.  Here’s what’s NOT like AAS.  Spalding expects the teacher to already understand the rules and phonograms.  The program doesn’t teach the teacher.  It assumes […]

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Memory System Box

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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!!!

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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

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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

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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

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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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