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What is words their way?
Words Their Way (WTW) is a developmental spelling, phonics, and vocabulary program. It was developed by Invernizzi, Johnston, Bear, and Templeton. WTW is an approach to spelling and word knowledge that is based on extensive research literature and includes stages of development and instructional levels that are critical to the way students learn to read. A word study program allows teachers to provide differentiated efficient, effective instruction in phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Learn more about the components of WTW, how it works, and what to expect by watching the video below.
How does this impact nightly home practice?
1) Know that your child MIGHT NOT have a new list every single week. If he/she demonstrates they still need more time with a specific patterned list, they will continue to work on it.
2) Have your child do a quick sort (A few different types are listed in the parent brochure, available for download to the left of this post.) before completing a practice choice.
3) You may notice that I LOWER the required choice menu practice points. This is because if students are sorting once before practicing, I feel that makes up for any additional required points on the spelling choice contract menu. (i.e. assigning 15-20 required practice points each week instead of 20-25)
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