Words Their Way is a developmental spelling, phonics, and vocabulary program. It was developed
by Invernizzi, Johnston, Bear, and Templeton. Words Their Way is an approach to
spelling and word knowledge that is based on extensive research
literature and includes stages of development and instructional levels that are
critical to the way students learn to read. A word study program
allows teachers to provide differentiated efficient, effective instruction in
phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. The program will provide skill-based instruction that focuses on examining and manipulating words, not memorizing them. Students will be thinking more critically about words and work on transferring their skills to reading and writing.
Words Their Way will focus on teaching students how to spell, decode new words, and to improve word recognition speed in general. To accomplish this goal, we demonstrate how to examine words and identify the regularities that exist in the spelling system. We will also teach them some irregularities of spelling (we call “oddball words”). The simple process of sorting words into categories is the heart of our word study program. When students sort words, they are engaged in the active process of searching, comparing, contrasting, and analyzing. Word sorts help students organize what they know about words and to form generalizations that they can then apply to new words they encounter in their reading.
Learn more about the components of Words Their Way, how it works, and what to expect by watching the video below.