Where does one begin when trying to describe such a comprehensive language program?! If you are looking for Spelling/Grammar/Writing/etc program to meet ALL your needs... check it out! seriously.
I guess the name sums up the theory and very succinctly, the practice too:
Spell (using the 70 basic phonograms + spelling rules)
to Write (using as many senses as possible, including but not limited to writing)
and Read (the goal is to have EXCELLENT, well-rounded readers!).
So how does it work?
A child masters the single letter phonograms before beginning the program.
The parent dictates a list of 20 words a week (for the youngest children) or 2 lists/wk with a grand total of 40 words for the older kids.
Dictation includes distinguishing syllables, think-to-spell pronunciation, finger spelling, writing from memory (visualization), seeing it written, analyzing spelling rules and making appropriate markings to illustrate.
*(Even though you can use the material itself for copywork, I like to use the SWR word lists to select assignments from Spelling Wisdom!)
Ahem.... Here I'm doing finger spelling.
Which words does it teach?
The lists are arranged from a study of the most commonly used words in the English language.
Each word is accompanied by a sentence from classic literature, the Bible or from famous quotes, in order for the student to learn it in a context.
There is an e-mail support group, there are workshops for the parent to learn how to better use the program (which I HIGHLY recommend attending) in many different States all year round.
Is it CM friendly?
Hmmm. If you can assure me that the CM and/or AO police are not reading this blog, then I can say... yes and no. It doesn't follow her language lessons exactly, but it can be very adaptable. It would take a whole post to prove that! :) If she were alive today, I honestly think she would be impressed with the curriculum! ;)
Here are several reviews:
Cathy Duffy top 100 picks
Britta McColl - SWR trainer, and my self-proclaimed mentor :)
(Britta also has a blog that has SUPER helpful posts!)
They were having some difficulty keeping quiet though ;)
The program is intended for use from K-12, so for less than $100 you get the kit that will set you up for life! The books are available separately, but honestly, you need the whole kit... and it's WORTH it!
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I posted a LONG time ago about SWR after having attended a Basic Training course in Minnesota with Britta McColl... have a peek of that here.
And just for fun, I took a video when one day when I was teaching my littlest littles how to write their basic phonograms in cursive (yes we use Cursive First as well). We're doing full body writing of the letters... works REALLY well with wiggly kiddos! (don't make fun of me!! ;)