1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2017-2018

Is it already time to start another homeschool year? Well, that means it is time to share my homeschool curriculum choices for the 2017-2018 school year. I am trying out some new curriculum and sticking with a few favorites. Here are my 1st grade homeschool curriculum choices. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Bible My younger children and I do our Bible time together. We read from God's Word, memorize scripture, learn doctrinal truths through … [Read more...]

Spell to Write and Read Supplemental Resources

I love the Spell to Write and Read program for teaching reading and spelling. If you aren't familiar with the program then check this video. While supplemental resources are not needed to teach the program, they can add more interest for the student and be a great help to the teacher. I have compiled a list of Spell to Write and Read supplemental resources that I have used over the years. I hope you find it helpful. Spell to Write and Read Supplemental Resources All of the SWR materials … [Read more...]

Demystifying the Spell to Write and Read Program

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 … [Read more...]

WISE Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets {Review}

My absolute favorite phonics, spelling and reading curriculum is Spell to Write and Read and using this curriculum just got easier with the creation of the WISE Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets books! (Check them out here.)Elizabeth FitzGerald, homeschool mom and SWR trainer, has created worksheets to go with the enrichment activities in the WISE Guide (the spelling list portion of the Spell to Write and Read curriculum). The worksheets make the enrichment activities simple and fun for … [Read more...]

Phonogram Progress Charts {FREE}

I've got phonics on my brain these days! I just finished watching an insightful DVD on language and the Spell to Write and Read program called Hidden Secrets to Language Success. While the audio and video might not be stellar, the information presented in this DVD set is excellent. You can watch a clip here or purchase it here. I have also been busy looking through curriculum and preparing for the coming school year. Right now I am absorbed in phonics, spelling and reading preparation. This … [Read more...]

Multi-Sensory Phonics

When two (or more) senses are being used in the acquisition of knowledge more connections in the brain are developed to help aid in learning and retaining information. No wonder so many phonics programs claim to provide multi-sensory instruction. But are programs with cut-and paste activities and letter tiles truly offering the full neurological benefits of the mulit-sensory approach? While cutting and pasting and moving around tiles can be a great supplement to phonics instruction, these … [Read more...]

Overcoming the Challenges of the Spell to Write and Read Program

Over a decade of homeschooling means a lot of different curricula has come and gone in our home. Spell to Write and Read (SWR)  by Wanda Sanseri is one program that I can’t imagine homeschooling without. It’s a low cost yet highly effective phonics-based program for spelling and reading. If you want to know more about SWR you can read my review or watch this video that explains the program. The benefits of the SWR program far outweigh the challenges and that’s a good thing because there … [Read more...]

Fishing for Phonograms (Letter Sounds)

We like to make learning fun around here. My goal for my kid's education is to encourage an attitude of life long learning. That doesn't come from boring workbooks (although I do use them). Instead, I try to make learning fun, especially for the little ones. One of the activities I use to help teach my children the sounds of the letters of the alphabet (called phonograms) is a little game called "Fishing for Phonograms". It is a fun and educational way for children to learn the letter … [Read more...]