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    By Kristin

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    Hi Ann. The workbooks are published by Pearson Education. I know that they're available at Amazon. They are called "Words Their Way: Word Sorts for __________" (fill the line in with the correct spelling stage for your students). I teach 2nd grade and I have used 3 of the workbooks. There are 5 spelling stages (Emergent, Letter Name, Within Word, Syllables & Affixes, and Derivational Relations). I used Letter Name at the beginning of the year but now I only use the Within Word and Syllables & Affixes workbooks. If you need to know specifics of which books you may need, let me know. I'll try to help as best I can.

    I learned how to do the program from another teacher at my school. When I first started it, I didn't do it the way the book says because I wasn't sure of what I was doing. If you can learn from someone else at your school, I would suggest that. My professor was not very effective so I actually learned more from the other teacher. She took the class with another professor and said that she learned a lot. I'd just try to check with others in your area for their suggestions.

    The Words Their Way book is a little overwhelming to read when you have no experience with the program. Once I understood it a little, the book became a lot easier to understand. It's a really great program. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.

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