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  1. Time Left: 10 days and 21 hours

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    TIRED OF LETTER REVERSALS AND WORDS NOT LANDING ON THE LINE? Handwriting Clock Letter Spalding Paper is a tool used to teach Spalding-inspired handwriting. The clock is used as a guide to dictate the direction of letter and number formation. It was created as a solution for older students with letter reversal problems. It has also been used for students who have spatial difficulties landing letters on the line. The paper is designed for manuscript and cursive letters and numbers. The clocks are spaced differently in each page, allowing for individual letter formation, two- to four-letter phonograms, and short sentences. This bundle contains twenty-one pages. For repetitive use such as daily or independent work, you can print the pages on cardstock and laminate them. The writing lines on each page are color coded. • blue top guide • blue middle dotted line • red baseline • blue descender line Dictation sample of the cursive letter “a”: Start at the baseline, go up the clock to 2 and stop. Without lifting your pencil, go back around the clock towards 10 and back around to 2 again and stop. Without lifting your pencil, pull a line down to the baseline and make a connecting stroke. Spalding method, Spell to Write and Read, Riggs, Logic of English, and all Orton Gillingham methods used for English Language Arts benefit from this paper for practice. It can be used for Phonogram practice and dictation. Find it at my Teachers pay Teachers Store here for instant download: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mrs-Q-Products Download free samples in the store and more products Clock Numbers Clock Letters Lowercase Clock Letters Uppercase Clock Letters Cursive Lowercase Clock Letters Cursive Uppercase Handwriting Clock Letter Spalding Paper If you do not have a free TpT account, please message me if you have PayPal with your PayPal email so I can send you a bill, I'll email your bundle upon receiveing payment. Feel free to share! Mrs. Q. Copyright © Karen Quimpo Mrs Q Products All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom/home use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom/home use only. Want to share? Link to my store NOT the PDF file itself. NOT o.k. to post my resources through an online (closed or open) portal for teacher-students in a continuing education classes to download. The single classroom/Co-Op class use is for a teacher to use and make copies for her students and not to make the file itself available for download nor distributed it, printed or file, to student's families for copying. Multiple Licenses available at a discount price. UPDATED: 21 pages with NO WATERMARK! There are many curricula that teach the formation of letters based on a clock face. Some teach manuscript, others teach cursive, but both use the sound of dictation to direct the pencil of the pupil to write a letter. Some use Spell to Write and Read, Logic of English, Spalding Method, Clock climbing letters, etc. These are worksheets that have the middle dotted line, they have a red baseline, and blue top guide, and a blue descender line. These pages include full face clock throughout the whole page for students to practice their letter formation, then later on their phonograms, and even small words dictations. You can purchase here. I use PayPal, so message me with your PayPal email, I'll send you a bill and when you pay, I'll send you the file. However if you are a member of TpT, you can purchase and download immediately. Look at my Teachers pay Teachers site for details here. Mrs Q Products Samples of more products in the pictures below


  2. After much consideration and research, we had settled on TATRAS for our phonics program. We were very pleased to find something that seemed very sound, solid, and straightforward, simple to use and without any bells or whistles. However, I haven't been able to find a source for this program! It seems to be out of print and I haven't been able to contact the author/publisher, or even to find a used copy anywhere. SO, my question for anyone familiar with this is: Which phonics program is most similar to TATRAS? I have been looking at Spell to Write and Read, and All About Reading, but I have no personal experience with either one. Or maybe there is another program out there that is more similar to TATRAS? The qualities of TATRAS that I am seeking to find in another program are: vertical phonics approach, simplicity of use and layout, historically proven methods, and no extra "bells and whistles". Any help you can give me would be most appreciated!!
  3. I'm considering Logic of English after unsuccessful attempts to complete SWR or WWTR. I did successfully understand and teach the phonograms to my 3 oldest children, but we didn't get much further than that. I did some spelling dictation with my oldest daughter, but she and I both found it frustrating that there were so many steps and fingers and markings, etc. etc. All that is fine, but I was never sure that I was doing it right and we didn't get far enough to see those steps become natural to either one of us. So, now that my youngest is ready to learn the phonograms and my 2 middle children didn't get much spelling instruction, but just the phonograms, I want to try again and I'm thinking Logic of English will be more successful. I'm intrigued by the scriptedness of it. Otherwise, I don't feel confident in the material to use the WISE Guide or the WWTR manual. Thoughts? Also, I'm wondering since I still have the SWR phonogram flash cards, do I really need to buy the $18.00 (yikes - expensive) set of Logic of English cards? I was going to buy the e-book, PDF A and the student workbook PDF A, which amounts to only $25.00 to try it out. Thoughts on that? I own a print shop, so I don't mind the printing cost; it's cheap for us. But, I'm hesitant to buy the whole book for $75.00 (yikes!) if I am not going to understand how to implement it. I'm a very hands on type person, so I need to "do it" rather than just read about it to know if I can learn it and succeed at it. Thoughts again? Thanks to anyone who can help, offer advice, encouragement, support, etc. :D
  4. I'm looking for any advice from those that have started using SWR with an older child. Specifically, my child will be in 5th grade (10/11 yo). I actually need for curriculum to not be very teacher intensive (I work 12 hr night shifts), but it's more important to me that dd learns how to apply her spelling in her daily activities instead of memorizing a list of words.
  5. I was wondering for those that use classical education and use any of the Orton/Spalding Spelling programs. I find myself learning more about Grammar Stage, and how easier is memorization for young children, and how logic, and a more analytical approach is best employed in 5th grade or so, depending on the child. Then I come to ask the wisdom from all of you that have used Spalding methods of spelling and agree with the classical aproach, I have used SWR and have read most of the other ones. Is the marking of the words a form of analylsis of the word, it is to me almost like a diagraming of the word. Am I asking too much from my K-2nd graders to do? Should they memorize the marking instead of being asked to analyze and mark? I wonder how many of you have used SWR/or other in a Classical way. Has anyone twicked these programs to better fit the grammar stage, with what results? I don't think I can compare a classical spelling program, like the ones sold at Memoria press, or other, as their aproach is different, teaching the long or short vowel sounds, instead of all the phonograms first. I ask because I am having a hard time with my children enduring markings, and they are little and really not understanding, they are K and 2nd. Could it be that their brains are not up to par? Belive me I have gone throught the guilt of thinking is just me, that I am not a good teacher. So far they can handle the phonograms, some of the rules, We have the SWR app. They are great readers! they have learned how to read with this program, now the spelling... my K is slow, my 2nd grader can spell great, I think is all the reading she does. back to the issue; grammar stage vs Orton methods. I would love to hear from both sides. and specially those that have noted something like what I say. I cannot go buy something different right now, so I have to make work what i have. How does that look for all you SWR/Spalding users? to mark or not to mark for grammar stage, that is one of my questions, k
  6. Is there anyone that can compare Barton with SWR? Anyone tried both? If this has been discussed before I apologize. I couldn't find any threads specifically about the differences between the two. :)
  7. My son will finish SWR at the end of 6th grade. The book indicates a child could be done by the end of 5th, but we started late. Anyway, so after we have completed and reviewed all the lists, what do we use for spelling after that? The last list indicates a spelling level of a college freshman. Would spelling then become just integrated with all other writing vs a specified spelling program? Thx!
  8. Hey all- We're using Spell to Write and Read for both kids. My 7 yo has been doing it for a while now (two years?), with varying levels of intensity on my part. Here's what I've done (and I did do the training, I'm just not a very good student!): 1. Introduced the 72 phonograms in fun ways, flash-carded them, Bingo'd them, etc. 2. Did the dictated words (10 per day) with our fists/fingers: one fist per syllable, fingers up to spell it out and explaining any weird or unusual phonograms, then write them out together and hold them up to see if we match. 3. Flash cards with some of our dictated words and... That's pretty much it. We read the veritas readers, Star Wars phonics books, BOB books. I have NOT built the reference book with him. We have done very few other enrichments. I'm just hitting my stride with consistency and requiring enough of him. (IE we had skipped too many days and I had left off practicing some of the ones we did learn until they got a bit too rusty and had to be re-taught anyway.) So, PLEASE, hit me with your suggestions. Should we build that book now? Any enrichments you loved/found useful? Should I go back through from A-J and redo with everything?
  9. I ordered SWR and actually looked at LoE and thought I would like to "teach" more so I opted for SWR. Holy cow! It is a tad overwhelming, does it get easier? My son needed and still needs some phonics remediation and I thought this would be a good place to begin. I went ahead and got AAS for him because it seemed more open and go. I didn't want him waiting for me to learn a program before we began. So, now we are on AAS 2/3 and we are just not digging it. And, I am finding there are things that I teach and the later the letter doesn't really make that sound but it hasn't been "introduced" yet so we just move on. (Not so much in the dictation portions but more so in the other areas of his writing through the other subjects). So, here I am now wondering if I should have just gotten LoE or if I stick it out with AAS 3. I am a tad conflicted. I should note that I also have Spelling Power that I really like the look of but I feel it would be better for him once we establish good phonetic habits. I should also note that he is quite possibly mildly dyslexic and does not struggle with reading but has other issues in the way of spelling, doing things backwards, reversals, etc. Thoughts? How do you implement SWR? Should I just jump ship and do something completely different than these? I also have a dd starting all of this next year and would like to stick with one program if it is working. I was just looking at the cards (spelling rules and phonograms) and those I get. Maybe I just need to be diligent and get it done and do it. Wisdom? :bigear:
  10. This question is about modifying WRTR or similar programs for a child who is not ready to write yet. Some background: I have a four-year-old daughter who is wanting to learn to read. She recognizes her letters and knows their basic sounds, she wants me to stop while we read and help her sound out the words, and she asks me to point out specific words after I read them so she can study them. If the text repeats the word she studied, she can usually point it out before I say it. Her new favorite game is to think of words that rhyme. She likes to make up songs, and most of the time she can think of rhyming lyrics. I don't have any experience with teaching reading, but these seem like signs that she is ready to read, or maybe it's just normal four-year-old development (she is my only child, so I don't really have another child as a point of reference). On the other hand, she has average fine-motor skills, so think it would be better to wait at least a year before I have her do any formal handwriting. I really like the Spalding method, and I think the WRTR (or perhaps PR, SWR, or the Logic of English) would streamline LA instruction, but I don't want to frustrate her efforts if her fine-motor skills aren't sufficient. On the other hand, I don't want her to develop bad strategies for reading (and eventually spelling) while we wait for her fine-motor skills to catch up with her desire to read. I don't really know the phonics rules well enough to explain them as needed. Can any of these programs be adapted by using magnetic letters or letter tiles? If not, what do I do with her in the meantime? She was interested in AAR Pre-K, mostly because of Ziggy the puppet (:001_smile:), but I can always just buy the puppet and use him for a different reading program, and I am beginning to think AAR Pre-K may be too much review for her. She really loves playing games, so if you know if any phonics-based games (physical games, not computer games) we can play independently from any formal instruction, that might hold her over until she's ready for any of the above programs. Thank you in advance for any advice you might have.
  11. We are in year two of hsing. Dd11 is an average speller but has never had any spelling instruction/rules. I'm sure she would pick up phonograms and rules quickly and apply them if she were taught. Would you suggest SWR or MW? Or both? Thanks JeniRae
  12. I am looking for suggestions for a non-writing 4th grader. He is reading (say, Magic Tree House books) with a little help. I think having some of the fundamentals of spelling will help. I own the 4th edition (not the most recent) of The Writing Road to Reading and Sanseri's older book, Teaching Reading at Home. I'm finding those difficult to implement, and wonder if Sanseri's newer book, Spelling to Read and Write would be a good investment, or if anyone can suggest another approach. Thanks!
  13. Today, I went to a Classical Christian school. They mentioned that they might move the kindergarten students away from Abeka to either Spelling to Write and Read or Saxon Phonics. 1. Can you tell me about Spelling to Write and Read and/or Saxon Phonics? 2. What is your experience with SWR and/or Saxon Phonics? Strengths? Weaknesses? 3. Do you have an opinion on why a school would move from Abeka phonics to SWR or Saxon Phonics? 4. How should I prepare my child to learn this material? 5. Comments?
  14. Some kind of spelling program, I assume but I can't figure it out. :blushing:
  15. Has anyone ever seen a poster version of English spelling rules (along the lines of Riggs Institute or Spell to Write and Read) or a complete set of phonograms? I know you can order two-sided cards for both, but I’m looking for something I can hang on the wall. More for me than the kids, ha. Thanks in advance, KC
  16. One is coming to our area, but I really don't have the $ or time budget for it. It seems a shame not to maximize my understanding. Any comments or suggestions? My son will be in 1st this year and had mastered his early phonics rather easily with ETC 1-3. I want us both to learn the rules of spelling and phonics with SWR. Are there any DVDs of SWR training offered anywhere? All I have seen were created for a previous book and adapted to SWR a very long time ago. Thanks for any input.
  17. What is your routine for early elementary? I apologize if this has been covered already. I searched this board and found great photos & resources of how many of you implement the program. I'm visual so that really helped to see the photos of binders, lists, etc. Forty words per week as directed in second grade? What are your enrichment activities? Readers? Grammar supplements? Magnets? Bingo? Do you do teach all the rules? Markings? Finger spelling? How are the results for spelling? For reading? Basically, I'd love to see how it really looks in the real world at a home school. (My frame of reference is private school.) What is a typical daily lesson like? I love details. :001_smile: Monday: Tuesday: etc. You get the idea. Does anyone blend the AAS approach with SWR? Did anyone switch to AAS for the script? Thanks a million!
  18. Hi everyone.... I'm looking to put together a minimum of 10 homeschoolers/ teachers who are interested in attending a SWR basic level training class in the late summer (August). A trainer from Maryland is willing to drive up here to teach the 2-day class (cost: $135). They have *never* taught a class in VT, NH, or ME...and it has been a long time since a MA class has been held. If you are interested in this opportunity you can PM me, and I'll add your email to the list of those who want more information as it becomes available. *And* if you know other homeschoolers (or teachers) who want the training, please let me know how to contact them, and I'll gladly pass on information. As far as location (if that is a deciding factor for you....) I'm hoping that there can be enough interest (as in 20ish paying attendees) that we can turn it into a southern NH/ Seacoast NH location (church, private school, etc). ...And if you are in MA and have connections to some homeschool support groups there, please email me so I can inquire about interest down there. Blessings,
  19. I asked this question over at the SWR forum two different ways and never received an answer, so I thought I would ask here ;) My two oldest started SWR right after CHRISTmas, so we have been using it for about three months. Because my ds was having trouble with the "M" list I put him back a bit further. Currently we are now on M-2. I hope to at least reach list 'O' by summer. We do 40 words a week. My question is should I continue through the summer? My ds is finally understanding spelling and is improving, so I don't want to stop. At the same time he is behind in math. My dh wants him to do two hours of math through the summer every day. With regards to SWR how should I continue through the summer? Do SWR twice a week? Slow it down to 40 words every two weeks? With my middle kiddos using PR I plan to continue through the summer but they won't be doing two hours of math either plus a lot of it will be review. Then I am starting Ethan my fifth child with PR1. I don't want to make him wait any longer. (just writing what the others will be doing so you can see the whole picture of our summer:001_smile:) Would love to hear how you all continue with SWR through the summer if you follow a traditional school year but also have 'summer' or 'light' school through the summer. Thanks for reading this and appreciate any help.
  20. I know we've talked about this before, but speaking of the long run, 4-6 years of spelling, which would take more of my time? Especially if I keep SWR simple: sounds, rules, words. I want to spend 3 days a week on spelling, start in K and finish by end of 4th grade, is this possible with either of the two? I *might* be able to combine my kids if I use AAS, I've been using SWR and its not working to combine them right now. I want to get the benefits of the O-G method, but don't want it taking over. I think that will be ok because we are putting emphasis on LA and reading and will continue to. Afterthought: Does AAS teach something SWR doesn't? Or visa versa?
  21. It looks like everyone is using it for spelling after their children can read. I am planning to use it with DS for beginning reading and wanted some feedback.
  22. I have hesitated posting this for awhile, because frankly, I just feel stupid asking this, but I'm getting frustrated, so I'm going to ask for some help. :) DS is doing Abeka's Phonics - Letters & Sounds. It is working wonderful for him. I learned to read doing it and loved it and he is following suit. Now, rewind a year or two - I had found Spell to Write and Read. I fell in love with SWR. I really wanted to use it. However, as I understand it, SWR wants you to focus on spelling and not reading first. In WTM, SWB suggests getting them to read first and fast. I kind of like that suggestion better, which is why we went with Abeka this last year. For next year, however, I am getting ready to purchase the Abeka 1 spelling and I am wishing that we could use Abeka phonics and SWR for spelling. I don't see them meshing real well, though. For example, my son initially (in PreK when we were going to use SWR) learned all 3 sounds of a - a/A/ah; this last year when we went to Abeka we kind of ditched that and just focused on /a/ is the short sound and /A/ is the long sound/it's name. Mid-year I kind of started bringing SWR back and it was a mess, so we ditched it again. Here's my dilemma: I know that the Abeka works and it is working for ds. Looking back, as an adult, I think that learning via SWR would have made more sense, but I'm not sold that it would have been imperative. I'm a fine reader and speller. Do I keep hanging onto SWR? And then, if I do decide we want to hang onto SWR, how do I incorporate it into our phonics program? Should I wait until 3rd grade (when Abeka phonics ends) and then start SWR as a 3rd grader? It feels like I'm trying to use fruit and vegetables to make a sweet pie - they aren't tasting right together. :tongue_smilie:
  23. Just wondered what you felt the advantages are of PR over SWR? I'm having trouble justifying the expense of PR since I already have SWR. Is PR a lot easier to teach?
  24. I'm thinking about cutting my teacher's guides up and putting them in sheet protectors in a binder (we're hard on books here) along with some stuff I've printed out from the yahoo group and Dinsfamily's schedule (love that schedule!) I'm a real newbie to SWR--I just got my core materials in the mail last week and am doing an initial glance-over of the red book as I laminate the spelling rules--and want to make sure I have everything as efficient as possible. How have you organized your materials?
  25. How do you do that when the word list don't match up? I can't seem to figure this out. For instance, if you are on list J, where would you pull the sentence dictation from SP? Or do you not worry about that and just start from the beginning dictating sentences? I am seriously thinking of switching to AAS for this reason alone. I want more than the dictation sentences in the Wise Guide. I have a hard time trying to dream up my own sentences. I hope this makes sense? I currently use SWR but want more sentences using current and past words for review. I know some of you use SP along with SWR but I just don't get how it works. If someone could give me a typical day example using both SWR and SP that would be great. Thanks, Sandy
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