Sunday, September 22, 2019

Word Study Woes? A Solution and New Resource by Jan Richardson

The English language is hard, tricky, complicated. 
Letters can make multiple sounds and there are always exceptions to the rules. 
No wonder why spelling is such a struggle for our little learners. 
No wonder why teachers have often felt at a loss as to how to teach spelling effectively. 

I have tried it all. 
I have used whole class spelling lists during the days of the old reading basals. 
I've tried all different configurations of Words Their Way. 
Lists and lists of words.
Whole group, small group, individual. 

I still have not figured it out.  
Currently, my students have word study journals and work with words that follow grade level spelling patterns. 

Is this the best method? 
I can't say with confidence that it is. 
That's why I was so thrilled when Scholastic informed me that Jan Richardson had just published a new book focused on the teaching of word study and phonics and that they were sending me two to use and one to gift to a lucky blog reader. 
I am a huge fan of Jan and her work in the area of literacy and in particular guided reading. 

I have read and reread her book The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading

I channel my inner Jan each day as I meet with my small groups. 
I've seen the impact it has made in my reading instruction. 

So I'm super excited and ready to dig into the companion to this resource: 
The Next Step Forward in Word Study and Phonics
by Jan Richardson and Michele Dufresne!

Are you a Jan fan?
I'd love to send you a free copy of this brand new teacher resource book.
Just enter the giveaway by commenting on this blog or visit me on Instagram.
Then enter the contest using the Rafflecopter below.
I will send the lucky winner the book next week!
Then come back and visit my blog.
I will be trying out the ideas and strategies outlined in this book and
will be posting about it along the way!

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  1. Looking forward to reading Jan's ideas on word study. I've used Words Their Way, Sitton Spelling, traditional word lists, word name it, I've tried it. I'd love an efficient, user-friendly system that students really do apply to their own writing, and not just during the lessons.

  2. I completely understand your frustration with word study! I, too, have tried it all and haven't yet found a system that works. I'd love to read about Jan Richardson's ideas!

  3. I understand your frustration. I am looking forward to getting my hands on this book and hopefully it will solve this dilemma.

  4. I need to channel my inner JAN! Wendy 1stgradefireworks

  5. Going 'back to school' can be a wonderful time if a child has the interest and liking for school. You need to prepare a child emotionally, mentally and physically. Parents need to get ready for children when they begin school for the first time or are going back to school after a break

  6. I would LOVE to figure out how to get students to apply what we learn in their writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Jan Richardson guided my practice for Guided Reading when I was teaching kindergarten and now that I'm teaching second grade and we adopted Literacy Footprints, I continue to go to Jan Richardson as an important resource. Just today, our grade level met district wide to discuss our need for a strong and systematic phonics program. We have explored three other phonic curriculum and none are a good fit. I saw your post on Jan's phonics program yesterday. I shared with others and I am very hopeful that this program would be just what we are looking for. I would absolutely love a copy of "The Next Step Forward.." to continue this journey.

  8. I have read The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading and would love to read this one as well!

  9. What a timely post! Word study and how to teach it has me baffled! I would love to have this book.

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