Teach a Student to Read and Teach a Student to Spell approach the teaching of reading and the study of spelling through the tenet that the primary function of English spelling is to express meaning.
Teach a Student to Read: Letters and Graphemes is a preschool workbook the precedes the Teach a Student to Read reading program. Before learning to read, a student must know the letters of the alphabet. The preschool workbook (1) introduces the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet and focuses on letter recognition, (2) introduces graphemes, and (3) focuses on writing the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet. Teach a Student to Read: Letters and Graphemes is recommended for pre-readers between the ages of 3 and 6.
Teach a Student to Read (TASTR) is a reading program that approaches the English writing system through the Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) framework and the tenet that primary function of English spelling is to represent meaning. TASTR is not a phonics program. Unlike phonics programs that erroneously posit that sounds correlate with letters in an alphabetic writing system, TASTR strives to teach the English writing system as fully and accurately as possible, giving readers the information needed to read and understand the spelling of any English word.
The Teach a Student to Read reading program is recommended for students between the ages of 4 and 8. The program is also recommended for older students who have been failed by other reading programs, specifically phonics programs.
Teach a Student to Spell is the follow-up workbook series to the Teach a Student to Read reading program. Instead of only teaching spelling through rote memorization and erroneously teaching “exceptions” to spelling rules, Teach a Student to Spell teaches the reasons for spellings by examining the meaning, parts, history, relatives, and finally sounds of words.
Six levels of Teach a Student to Spell are currently available.
Level 1 is recommended for ages 5 to 7 in kindergarten through first grade. Level 2 is recommended for ages 6 to 8 in first grade through second grade. Level 3 is recommended for ages 7 to 9 in second grade through third grade. Level 4 is recommended for ages 8 to 10 in third grade through fourth grade. Level 5 is recommended for ages 9 to 12 in fourth grade through sixth grade and covers two years of spelling work. Level 6 is recommended for ages 11 to 13 in sixth grade through eighth grade and covers two years of spelling work.