Foundational Language Arts

Foundational Language Arts (Levels A, B, & C)

Instructor: Sherry Osborne and Marci Wallace

Email: sherry [dot] osborne [at] gmail [dot] com

Monthly Cost: $28

Material Fee: $30 (new parents also need to purchase the SWR Core Teacher’s Kit available from

*PLACEMENT- BEFORE REGISTERING children must be evaluated. Email to set up a 30 minute slot. Placement is based on skill level and grade.

PREREQUISITES: This is a core class, not an extracurricular class, so it requires weekly homework completion! New parents are required to attend the SHEEP class with their child to be trained in the method (Unfortunately, there is no room for siblings not enrolled in the class.) Level B & C will need to learn their phonogram sounds *before *class begins (These cards come in the SWR Core Teacher’s Kit you will need to purchase over the summer. Kit costs $100.) To prepare, level B & C need to be able to recognize cursive letters & legibly write the letters of the alphabet without a visual model in cursive. You can teach your child cursive on your own or take advantage of my summer tutoring sessions at no charge. New this year, Level A will be for young students who are non-readers and will be a SLOWER PACE. I will work with them on cursive beginning in the summer. Flexible dates and times will be emailed to those registered. Learning cursive before SHEEP starts is essential due to limited class time.

While not all readers are good spellers, good spellers will invariably become good readers. Spelling is the more precise skill. Rather than memorizing words, as in traditional spelling programs, students will be taught how to analyze the reasons behind a word’s spelling and pronunciation, giving them a strategy to learn any word that they encounter for both reading and spelling. Reading is a natural outgrowth of spelling instruction. This course is designed to give students the necessary tools, knowledge, and skills to effectively use and understand the English language for both reading and writing.

LEVELS All classes use the same phonograms, spelling rules, and multi-sensory methods but the application level will differ with each class.

Level A will be for young students who are non-readers and will be a slower pace this year!

Level B is for students who are already reading & spelling. They have some foundation of phonograms and rules yet they will still be challenged as they learn how the written code works.

Level C is intended for older students who need further study in spelling and foundational language arts to complete their academic needs.

**Foundations classes will satisfy all elementary language arts needs for your student and will adequately prepare him for more in-depth grammar and composition studies in subsequent grades. Please do not use another reading/phonics program on top of Foundations workload.

COURSE WORKLOAD In addition to class time with the Teacher-Mentor, students will be expected to complete assignments four days each week, which should take 45-60 minutes each day. Later in the year Level B & C students will be asked to read 30-45 minutes each day from books that coordinate with other areas of study or books that are of interest to the student.

Why must I attend my child’s class at SHEEP? Parent training is necessary because it is extremely rare to find adults today who were taught to read using explicit phonics. Most learned to read using whole word or “look-say” methods with a smattering of phonics, if any at all. Because of the misinformation about the language and faulty methods used, English is commonly dismissed as illogical and inconsistent. Using the 70 basic phonograms and the 28 reliable spelling rules in Spell to Write and Read (SWR), we can explain 98% of the most frequently used words in the language.

It is also necessary for you to sit in the SHEEP class because the students will be working with me in the classroom for only 50 minutes a week while the parents will be teaching the remainder of the week. It is crucial for the parents to learn the program in order to effectively teach and reinforce it with their children!

Why is cursive required? Prior to the 1930s cursive was taught instead of print. It helps with letter reversals (dyslexia), letter spacing, writing speed, and the formation works with the child’s natural development. To learn more on this see <> It is recommended once your child has learned the alphabet, that cursive be the primary handwriting method for ALL written work to prevent confusion, especially for the younger child.

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