Palabras a Su Paso: El Estudio de Palabras en Acción (Words Their Way: Word Study in Action) is a powerful word study approach to teach phonics, spelling and vocabulary in Spanish. The ready-to-use format is ideal for native speakers of Spanish who are learning in their first language, or Spanish learners in immersion settings. Palabras a su paso is a hands-on approach to Spanish word study that teaches students to look closely at words to discover letter-sound correspondences, spelling patterns, syllable stress system, and spelling-meaning connections of Spanish orthography. Students learn to examine, manipulate, and categorize words while focusing their attention on the critical features of the words - their sound, spelling, and meaning.
Palabras a su paso is based on Spanish orthographic principles. However, because Palabras a su paso parallels the Words Their Way Word Study in Action instructional approach, teachers in bilingual settings will find that having both English and Spanish versions of this word study program make dual-language classroom management more coordinated and productive.
Palabras a Su Paso: El Estudio de Palabras en Acción includes the following components:
- Guía del maestro (Teacher Resource Guide, all stages): A Comprehensive Guide covering all 5 stages of development with research, overview and implementation guidance and assessments
- Gran libro de rimas (Big Book of Rhymes, first 3 stages): The Big Book includes poems aligned to the sorts in the Emergent-Early Letter Name, Letter Name, and Within Word Pattern stages and is used to introduce the sort.
- Student Books; (one per stage): Stage-specific student books with ready made picture and/or word cards, a grid for students to sort and paste the picture/word cards, writing the sort activities, and an envelope for students to store the cards for the week
- Biblioteca de Palabras a su Paso (Palabras a su paso Libraries): Libraries are available at the Emergent-Early Letter Name, Letter Name, and Within Word Pattern stages and include 6-packs of little books aligned to the corresponding sorts