WBLA booklets complement a corresponding Wisdom Booklet and are available in three levels: Level A for second- through fourth-grade skill level, Level B for fifth- through eighth-grade skill level, and Level C for high school skill level.
On the High School Language Arts page, see how your students can exceed high school requirements!
Frequently Asked Questions
How does WBLA correspond with the Wisdom Booklets?
How do I know when my child is ready to begin?
In order to begin WBLA, young students should have reached what Ruth Beechick calls “reading fluency.” A second-grade student who has not yet mastered phonics is not ready to begin spelling and writing. A student should not be asked to spell a word that he is not able to read. Decoding (sounding out words) and encoding (spelling words) are inverse skills in language arts in the same way that addition and subtraction are inverse skills in mathematics.
Keep in mind that WBLA is formatted into monthly booklets, so you may move up or down a level when you begin the next month’s booklet. If you have questions as to which level your student should be in, do not purchase a whole year’s worth of WBLA. Rather, purchase four month’s worth at a time so you may move your student up mid-year, if desired.
How do I know which level is best for my child?
Level placement should be made according to skill level. Your student’s skill level may be dependent on his previous language arts studies (specifically grammar and composition).
When determining your student’s placement in WBLA, focus on his language arts skill level rather than on his grade level. You may use the following test to determine the appropriate WBLA level for your student:
- Choose the passage from the level in which you think your student should work.
- Have your student read the passage aloud.
- Have your student copy the passage.
- Give your student dictation from the passage.
Give dictation following these steps:
- Write difficult names and places on the whiteboard for him.
- Read the entire paragraph aloud to him.
- Start with the first sentence, and read it to him, a few words at a time.
- Reread as needed; continue for each sentence of each paragraph.
Consider the skills taught in each WBLA level. If the dictation pre-test is simple for your student, he should work in the next level. If he struggles with the spelling, cannot hear the commas, or complains that it is too difficult, you may need to move him down a level. If he gets through it okay (not perfectly), it is probably his correct level.
May I compare a sample passage from each level?
Jesus told the story of the boastful Pharisee and the lowly publican. He showed one man who was poor in spirit and one man who was proud in spirit.
The Pharisee told himself and others that he was better than everyone else. Because he was humble, the publican would not even look to heaven.
He knew he was not worthy. He wanted God’s mercy.
—Wisdom Booklet 3
Analogies between sheep and Christians abound in Scripture. Those who minister are compared to shepherds. Christ is pictured as our Chief Shepherd, and we are the sheep of His pasture.
Each aspect of the Christian life is also illustrated by the ways of sheep. We go astray like sheep. We need Godly leaders to follow, as sheep need a shepherd.
By studying the characteristics and ways of sheep, we are able to discover a wealth of insight for our walks with the Lord, especially as we learn how to meditate effectively on Scripture. God guarantees amazing rewards to every Christian who meditates on His Word day and night.
—Wisdom Booklet 6
God is perfectly just and righteous. His justice, rather than man’s fairness, exposes our need for mercy. As we examine ourselves by God’s Word, we must acknowledge that our righteousness is as filthy rags. We see that we are beggars who can do nothing to satisfy God’s perfect standard—we all fall short.
The Biblical concept of fairness means to be impartial and equitable, based on the truth of God’s Word. However, humanism has redefined the meaning of fair.
A false concept of “fairness” demands that all receive the same thing at the same time and is based on personal interests and eroding moral standards. This self-centered view does not recognize our need for God’s mercy and could cause one to become bitter about the difficult things in life that are not “fair.”
—Wisdom Booklet 3
What is the Spelling Notebook?
The Spelling Notebook is a ninety-six-page book that lists all of the word families and phonics rules that WBLA teaches. It is designed to solidify spelling learning by providing “learning hooks” upon which to base the student’s spelling experiences. It uses a word-family/phonetic approach that helps students classify words together with spelling commonalities. This gives the student the advantage of adding prior spelling knowledge (previously recorded words and families) to new spelling words.
The Spelling Notebook may be used in two ways: (1) Students record their spelling words from WBLA onto the corresponding Spelling Notebook pages, and (2) Students record misspelled words from their essays, spelling tests, and dictation quizzes onto the corresponding Spelling Notebook pages.
Your student will use the same Spelling Notebook from grade to grade, adding more words to it each year. If your high school students already spell well, you may not need to start the Spelling Notebook with them.
Can WBLA meet high school language arts requirements?
Visit the High School Language Arts page to learn how WBLA Level C can be used with other studies and resources to complete high school language arts requirements.