Words Their Way

  • ELEMENTARY SPELLING AND WORD STUDY PROGRAM: WORDS THEIR WAY

     

    Curriculum revision is often overlapping, with materials and practices remaining in place while new practices are phased in. As an ongoing process, development of curriculum requires continuous monitoring, evaluation, and revision in response to new knowledge and changes in pedagogy and technology.  This occurs when teachers and administrators have the opportunities to engage in professional study to improve their leadership and craft

     

    The Words Their Way program is an example of this collegial process.

    In 2011-2012, teachers in Kindergarten through Grade 3 piloted Words Their Way (WTW), a research-based word study program designed to develop students’ spelling, phonics, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary.  The yearlong pilot period provided teachers with time and resources to collaborate on the quality of the program, to gain a common understanding of the components, and to plan lessons to support students at varying levels. 


    The WTW program was adopted by the Board of Education and was fully implemented in 2012-2013 in Kindergarten through Grade 3.


    Fourth grade teachers continue to pilot the program to provide continuity for our students.