I just purchased ULW and SW to use with my 9 year old. She’s done a bit of grammar and spelling last year with R&S, but her spelling still needs a lot of work, so I’m wanting to give these two programs a try. I see in the guides that it states to use ULW and SW two days a week. So my question is, what is recommended for me to have her do on the days we don’t do grammar and spelling? Does anyone do it more than the recommended two days?
Are you starting at the beginning of book 1?
The first 1/2 of book one is used as transcription, not doing dictation.
What we do…
Monday the student transcribes the SW exercise (as directed in ULW).
Tuesday we look at the SW exercise together and select new words and study those words. I don’t test on them, but student writes them down. We look at syllable breaks and if there are any rules or phonogram blends that help student understand how to build the word.
Wednesday – no SW or ULW
Thursday – repeat Monday process with next ULW and SW exercise
Friday – repeat Tuesday process with the Thursday ULW and SW exercise.
For the 2nd 1/2 of the book when the student starts doing dictation, it is similar except the student transcribes and studies the words on Monday and then we do the dictation on Tuesday (repeat process on Thursday & Friday). Sometimes we had a passage with quite a few new words, or words that just needed more time to study, on those weeks we did only one ULW and SW exercise because the preparing for the dictation process took longer.sarah2106Participant
So it works out that we are doing ULW twice a week and spelling (copy work, studying words, dictation (when ready)) with SW 4 times/weekSonya ShaferModerator
Depending on where your student is in the process, another option might be to learn/practice cursive on a couple of the other days or do some reading aloud to you to practice reading skills.
Hi @sarah2106! Yes, we are starting at the beginning of book 1. I just ordered, so haven’t received anything yet to begin looking through it to see how it all works. I’m just going off of what I see from the sample. Thank you for explaining in detail your schedule and how using ULW & SW looks for you. It was very helpful!
Hi @Sonya Shafer! My daughter is a pretty fluent reader, so I usually have her read on her own daily for her lessons. She does need handwriting practice, but we were doing that most days anyways. Should I follow a similar schedule as sarah2106 mentioned above?Sonya ShaferModerator
It’s up to you and what would work best with your student.
You could do the ULW lesson (all but the last step) on one day, then do the transcription (that last step) on another day if that’s helpful to your student.
The other option is to do the ULW lesson and transcription all on the same day. Your choice.
Take a look at the books when they arrive and see what you think. And remember, you can always start with one schedule, try it for a bit, and change it if you need to. You have freedom. 🙂
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