The Writing and Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking (WSRRT)
The foundation of the school’s language arts program in Kindergarten and First Grade is WSRRT. This is “explicit” phonics, which is taught without words or pictures using multi-sensory teaching techniques. This method begins with phonetics, letter formation, spelling, and cognitive development and then integrates these language “strands” for reading: complete phonetics, syllabication, oral vocabulary, visual discrimination, comprehension, phonemic and graphemic awareness. In addition, the following “strands” are integrated for composition: handwriting, orthography rules, margins, spacing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and capitalization.
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