presents essential information on designing and implementing a high-quality, systematic literacy program to help children learn about letters, sounds, and words. The central goal is to teach children to become "word solvers": readers who can take words apart while reading for meaning, and writers who can construct words while writing to communicate. Where similar books are narrow in focus, Word Matters
presents the theoretical underpinnings and practical wherewithal of word study in three contexts:
word study that includes systematically planned and applied experiences focusing on the elements of letters and words
writing, including how children use phoneme-grapheme relationships, word patterns, and principles to develop spelling ability
reading, including teaching children how to solve words with the use of phonics and visual-analysis skills as they read for meaning.
Each topic is supported with a variety of practical tools: reproducible sheets for a word study system and for writing workshop; lists of spelling minilessons; and extensive word lists, including frequently used words, antonyms, synonyms, and more.