I have read through the samples of each of these books and the teacher manual. I understand about teaching the student to pick out the words he may not know and doing the listed ways to help them memorize the words that were chosen. I understand what to do for Using Language Well. I noticed it says to only do two lessons per week in these books.
My question: What is your routine for learning these words and grammar exercises? Also is one day enough for a student to learn the 3-5 words chosen and grammar exercises for one lesson? I like that this program doesn’t use long lists and studies the word. Do you ever review the words you’ve done in previous lessons?CrystalParticipant
I have used SW/ULW with three different kids and they have all been able to study the passage and write it the same day. Sonya has a “how to study a spelling work” page in the book, which I copied and gave to them for reference. Sometimes the child will write the word a few times on their own, or just close their eyes and imagine it. We have never reviewed the lessons. Words tend to pop up over and over. It seems like there is an alphabetical word reference in the appendix so you can choose a troublesome word and use the specific passages that reinforce it. Its been a while since I read all the teachers info, we have just been plugging along. If a child really slaughters a passage I have had them work on the misspellings for a day or two before re-trying. Honestly though that rarely happens. I have also split passages up and even given them help with words. If there are just too many difficult words we may split it up. Or I may dictate some spelling to them so that they only have to work on a few words. But again, this rarely happens.
Hope that helps a little
This helps a lot! I’m printing the samples out! I’m giving my husband a few options to look at and help me choose! Love the simplicity of this and how it uses good literature and gives meaning to learning to spell and do grammar work. Do you have a separate book that they keep their words in that they may have written 2-3 times? Or just use ULW book since it’s consumable? I wrote myself a note to have them do 3 exercises for the words; write, say, build. I think these would be fun to do each time and connect with all learning styles. I guess learning 3-5 words each session does take much less time than 25 words that daughter gets each week for public school!! Ugh!!CrystalParticipant
We have a language arts notebook. Just a spiral notebook they keep all their writing etc in. Actually they have a notebook for most subjects so everything they do goes in the corresponding notebook. I buy SW and ULW digitally so I can print them and bind them together. So when they open their book they have the SW passage on the left and the Corresponding ULW on the right. My younger ds does his transcription right on the ULW lines or in his notebook, his choice. The older kids use their notebooks, but do the grammar right in the book. We just keep using the same notebooks till they are full. Then I label them with the childs name and years included. Like Chris Language Arts 6th -8th grade.
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