Demystifying the Spell to Write and Read Program

Demystifying Spell to Write and Read

I love the Spell to Write and Read program for teaching phonics, spelling and reading to my children. I know from experience that Spell to Write and Read (SWR) can seem daunting when you first get it. In this video I try to demystify the program for you so that it’s not so overwhelming.

You can read my review of the Spell to Write and Read program or visit their website for even more information. I also have helpful tips for overcoming the challenges of the SWR program that you might want to check out.

Can’t see the video? Watch here.

Here is a list of what I cover in the video with the times each segment starts.

  • Introduction
  • 2 Reasons SWR Looks Overwhelming 1:24
  • Explaining the SWR Core Kit 5:45
  • Learning Logs 8:55
  • How the SWR Materials Work Together 10:05
    • Wise Guide 10:30
    • Teacher’s Manual 14:15
    • Phonogram cards, Rule Cards and Learning Logs 16:37
  • Closing 17:30


  1. Thanks for sharing! I have been using Spelling Power and I have a friend who used Spell to Read and Write and I did find it overwhelming. This looks great as an option. Did all your kids start with it or did you have to gradually switch your kids over to it? Also, when you talk about the logs- when you say younger and older what do you mean? This did actually help demystify this a little for me! 🙂

    • Elizabeth,
      I’m so glad the video helped you better understand the program. It can be intimidating at first!

      I started my younger kids in the SWR program from the beginning. My older daughter used a different program and was already in junior high when I switched over to SWR. I figured that since she could read so well her spelling would be okay but that is not the case. I started working with her in SWR as a high schooler to improve her spelling. It really is a program for all ages (even adults)!

      I switch my kids to the black learning log when they are in 3rd or 4th grade (depending on the child and their handwriting and spelling skills). Hope that helps!

  2. Margaret says:

    Super helpful video, Janelle! I love being able to see all the materials and inside the books to help me make a choice. 🙂

  3. Melanie says:

    We are just starting with this program and your video and posts have been so helpful and re-assuring! Thank you! You mentioned in the video about doing a second video to show the supplemental materials. Any idea when we can expect that one?

    • Hi Melanie!
      It’s nice to hear that my video and posts have been helpful and encouraging to you! I am hoping to have a second video on supplemental materials ready in September. It’s been a little challenging shooting videos with a newborn!

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to create this calming video. I felt very overwhelmed when I first received this curriculum, but after watching this informative video I feel much more at ease. I appreciate your encouragement & relaxed pace of explaining each section & purpose of the curriculum.

    Another homeschool mom:)

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