Edited to add: There is a more recent post about Words Their Way resources. To view this post, go here.
For all its craziness, the English language is based on patterns. So it makes sense, when we're teaching little ones to read and write, to focus our instruction on those patterns. That's why I love Words Their Way. It's an assessment based, hands-on approach to teaching spelling.
I really believe in this program, but it is rather tricky to get it up and running. If you're using Words Their Way (I shorten it to WTW) with your class or children, please chime in with your experiences. And if you're considering trying this or frustrated with how it's working for you, maybe something we share this week will help you out.
For the record, here's my background with this program:
- It's encouraged, but not required in my district. Teachers have a lot of autonomy about how they implement.
- I've taken a couple trainings, but most of my know-how came from the book and trial and error.
- My students have a weekly sort, but I don't use it for my spelling words.
- I have the Words Their Way book and my school has a set of the sort books for each level. There are a lot more resources under the WTW umbrella, but I haven't seen any of them.