The Wand

Combine writing and reading in this one-of-a-kind tool!

What is The Wand?

The purpose of The Wand is to help your child learn to read and write using well researched teaching practices combining:

  • phonics
  • spelling
  • word origin knowledge
  • grammar
  • capitalization
  • punctuation
  • vocabulary development

Too often, parents juggle phonics books, spelling programs, grammar curriculum and readers, separately presenting pieces of information, and then relying on the child to put all the ideas together. The Wand is here to help you, the parent, teach these essential skills in an integrated manner.

Mini-lessons will be taught in phonics, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and capitalization, but the combined skills will be immediately practiced and reinforced in reading and writing. Each week will contain 3-4 days of lessons, culminating in copywork and dictation, at an appropriate level for the young or struggling reader.

About the Creator of The Wand
The Wand is a language arts tool specifically designed for beginning readers and writers. Rita Cevasco, MA (Speech and Language Therapist; Reading Specialist) has coordinated her skills with the Brave Writer philosophy of writing to create a powerful teaching tool for your early readers and writers.

The Wand is unique in the world of copywork and dictation instruction. Rita has tested these practices with hundreds of her own clients as well as Brave Writer families, refining them as she goes, applying her continuing education to the task. Her hands-on experience means that she is able to give specific tools suited to homeschooling families so that they are able to duplicate the kind of work she does in her private practice.

Rita recognizes that rote instruction and straight memorization of rules do not create fluency in reading, writing, grammar or spelling. A multi-faceted, interconnected approach to language arts is essential to mastery, automaticity and fluency

  • Ages: Early readers (5-8 years old). Children should be able to read CVC (Consonant-Vowel-Consonant) to begin.

    Format: Each issue is a PDF file, downloadable to your computer or tablet. Permission to print is included.

  • Download the first issue of Level One here by clicking the link.

  • How The Wand is organized?

    The Wand is a year long program (10 months of material divided into 3 levels). Each set of skills builds on the prior lesson. The levels are sold as packages (you can purchase Level One without purchasing Level Two, but you are advised to not skip to Level Three without having worked through Levels One and Two).

    • Each issue will present lessons in phonics, word origina, grammar, spelling, copywork, French Dictation, and Dictation. Each of these have a corresponding “dialog script” that enables you to teach the lesson to your child. You’ll be able to read the script as you work with your child for ease of teaching.
    • Dictation and French-style dictation passages (as explained in the Guidelines to the Wand) are on separate pages so you can print them individually and use them with your kids.
    • Each issue ends with a specific literary element, featured for discussion and combined with a creative project designed to allow kids to implement it.
  • Book List

    You’ll provide your own copies of these titles, most easily found in any library.

    Level One
    Issue 1
    Hop on Pop (Dr. Seuss)
    Fox in Socks (Dr. Seuss)

    Issue 2
    A Kiss for Little Bear (Else Holmelund Minarik)
    Danny the Dinosaur (Syd Hoff)

    Issue 3
    Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea (Cynthia Rylant)
    Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears (Cynthia Rylant)

    Early readers are used to teach the basic sound code in phonics, including short vowel sounds, working through the more advanced code, including consonant digraphs. Early spelling rules with grammar and word study are introduced, including simple suffixing. Functional spelling words are introduced for effective sentence building. Capitalization and punctuation are practiced in copywork only.

    Level Two
    Issue 1
    Frog and Toad are Friends (Arnold Lobel)
    Frog and Toad Together (Arnold Lobel)

    Issue 2
    Harry and the Lady Next Door (Gene Zion)
    Owl Moon (Jane Yolen)

    Issue 3
    Chicken Soup with Rice (Maurice Sendak)
    Big Max: The Worlds Greatest Detective (Kin Platt)

    Issue 4
    Harold and the Purple Crayon (Crockett Johnson)
    Olivia Goes to Venice (Ian Falconer)

    Progressing readers begin the advanced vowel code, learning the many forms of R-controlled vowels, as well as long vowel sounds and diphthongs. New spelling rules are practiced, with continued lessons in suffixing. Difficult spelling words are studied, with strategies employed for improved memory and spelling practice. Capitalization and punctuation are practiced in copywork. Spelling is practiced in French-style dictation.

    Level Three
    Issue 1
    The Golly Sisters Go West (Betsy Byars and Sue Truesdell)
    The Story about Ping (Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese)

    Issue 2
    Zack’s Alligator (Shirley Mozelle)
    Curious George (H. A. Rey)

    Issue 3
    Amelia Bedelia and the Baby (Peggy Parish)
    The Relatives Came (Cynthia Rylant)

    Syllable types and syllable rules are introduced, along with additional spelling rules for suffixing and functional word use. Practice of vowel teams, with sound sorting and spelling practice, continue. Grammar and word study are integrated into the story’s content. Verb tense is practiced. Capitalization and punctuation are practiced in copywork. Spelling is practiced in French-style dictation, and all of the skills will be integrated into the practice of dictation.

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