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Wand School License

Wand School License

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First year license $125; annual renewal $55

How do you help your students continue on the reading and writing path? Wand is the guide that will lead your way! 

Once your students have completed Pinwheels, or have learned to read decodable books and engage in simple, original writing, they are ready for Wand. Wand is a 1-year program, presented in 3 levels, with step-by-step instructions that guide you through the process of teaching and strengthening important literacy skills, including: 

  • phonics and spelling
  • word study with word history
  • grammar and mechanics
  • literary elements
  • original writing and editing

Students solidify their growing skills through the key practice of Intentional Copywork, Dictation, and Editing, putting pen to paper while improving spelling and comprehension skills. You will use poetry and authentic grade-level texts to challenge and deepen your students’ skills.

As your students experience Wand's multisensory, engaging approach, the teaching routines will ultimately become your guide for building future language arts lessons from any resources your students are reading. Wand will help you move your students along the literacy path as they transition from learning to read to reading to learn!

For more in-depth, explicit teaching strategies, especially to support students who struggle with reading, writing, and/or spelling, we recommend using Wand in combination with our educator master class: Foundations for Teaching Reading, Writing & Spelling.

Every level of Wand teaches reading and writing together. Help your students discover the nuances of literacy as they continue on their journey!

All Rooted in Language products incorporate research-based methods to support students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, developmental language disorders, and other literacy-based struggles.

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Downloadable PDF program with educator video support provided on Thinkific, an organized online learning platform.

  • Grade level: 2; 7-8 year old learners (see FAQs for use with other ages)
  • File count: 21 PDFs
  • Page count: 1,107 pages (printing educator materials is optional)
  • Video count: 18 educator training videos 
  • Video hours: 5.5 instructional hours
  • 1-year program presented in 3 Levels
  • 10 units for approximately 40 weeks of instruction; time to complete varies based on actual instructional hours per week and modifications to support student needs
  • Most closely aligns with a typical United States 2nd grade curriculum
  • Includes Bits & Pieces of Winter Writing Educator Class and Sticky Ideas: Winter instructional materials


The complete scope for Wand is available as a PDF download by adding the Scope & Sample to your cart above.


  • Read Me First Guide (31 pages): overview and explanation of teaching strategies
  • Educator Guides with Student Resources (913 pages): teaching instructions, writing Idea of the Month, student copywork passages, appendix of supplemental and multisensory student materials
  • Wand Teaching Routine & Cross-Reference Guide (83 pages): teaching routine, additional educator resources, literature recommendations, extra practice suggestions; cross-reference to Pinwheels Year 2 and Foundations educator class lessons;  owners of Pinwheels School License and/or Foundations can modify or enhance Wand lessons with these referenced resources
  • Assessments (49 pages): sound-level, word-level, and passage-level student assessments


  • Printing educator materials is optional 
  • To print using an RiL print partner, two options with school discount codes are provided in the Printing Tips & Outsourcing section of the Wand School License on Thinkific.
  • Please contact the print company to inquire about their pricing. RiL does not receive remuneration from any print company nor control their print prices.

Videos and More

  • Educator training videos for understanding assessments, key teaching strategies, games, and activities (subset of Pinwheels video library)
  • Student sample videos
  • Explanation of types of reading practice
  • Additional supportive educator videos and downloadable educator resources
  • Teacher support through our Rooted Schools private online community through Thinkific
  • Ongoing support includes 2 group Q&A sessions per school year for all school license holders

License and Terms of Use

  • 1-year license for use in a single school location
  • Licensed subscription can be canceled at any time; however, there are no refunds. If a subscription is canceled, access will expire on the 1-year anniversary of the last payment. Subscriptions are automatically renewed although there is no obligation to renew.
  • Materials may be printed for and used by teachers and students within a single school location during the license period only.
  • Continued use requires annual license renewal, offered at a discounted price.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Wand provide that Pinwheels does not?

  • Wand includes more phonics and spelling patterns beyond what is taught in Pinwheels, including completion of the Vowel Chart (all vowel sounds and spellings).
  • Wand introduces authentic text. While this text is grade-appropriate, it is not controlled for learned phonics patterns (as in Pinwheels), so the level is more challenging for students.
  • Lessons in Wand are designed around the reading selection, so each selection offers some review of familiar concepts as well as the introduction of new or deeper concepts discovered within the literature. The phonics and spelling lessons are derived from meaningful text.


How long will it take to complete Wand?

Wand is designed to be completed in approximately one school year. However, completion time is dependent upon many factors including actual instructional hours per week, as well as each student’s learning pace and need for modifications. 


Can Wand be used to teach an older student?

Wand uses reading material that is appropriate for a 2nd grade reading level. If you are working with an older student in order to fill-in knowledge gaps, you can use the suggested reading and copywork lessons to build foundational skills. However, you should also add in reading material that is age or interest-level appropriate for your student. Be aware that this material will require educator support for unknown phonics and spelling patterns as well as comprehension.

Use Wand in combination with our educator training master-class: Foundations for Teaching Reading, Writing & Spelling. Wand includes a Wand Teaching Routine & Cross-Reference Guide to give you suggested lesson combinations and alternative reading selections.


Can Wand be used to teach a younger student?

Wand introduces educators and students to lessons based on authentic age-level text. This means that concepts that students were able to identify in controlled text can become obscured in less predictable sentence structure and vocabulary. If students do not have a foundation in short vowel sounds, sound-to-letter connections, early introduction to word structure, or early Consonant-Vowel-Consonant word reading and writing, we recommend starting with the Pinwheels curriculum. Pinwheels is a comprehensive literacy program that is designed to strengthen students’ writing skills, so choose an appropriate level of Pinwheels based on your students’ original writing skills.


Can Wand help students who struggle with language difficulties?

The three most common causes of reading and writing delay are dyslexia, dysgraphia, and developmental language disorders. Wand incorporates evidence-based instruction that explicitly teaches phonics and spelling patterns, especially vowel team patterns. Each unit provides weekly copywork and dictation lessons for meaningful, consolidated spelling and writing practice. Research also supports connecting this instruction with meaningful text, so Wand units are designed around grade-appropriate literature. 

For robust therapeutic instruction and practice materials, we strongly recommend combining Wand with our online educator training course: Foundations for Teaching Reading, Writing & Spelling. This course teaches additional explicit lessons and provides additional student materials. A Wand Teaching Routine & Cross-Reference Guide is provided to help you add in supplemental Foundations lessons. We strongly recommend that all students who are not comfortable writing at the sentence level begin with Pinwheels, as it is designed to launch original writing.


Do I need any other materials to teach with Wand? 

To complete the lessons in Wand, you will need to secure the books on the Wand Book List, viewable in the product images above or this download. The book selections are typically available in most libraries.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews

We have finished Wand and I feel like it was so helpful in putting together all the pieces and practicing them for me, the teacher.


We’re about a week and half away from finishing Wand and we used it for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade. We loved it! My 9 year old is now a wonderful reader and writer and our beloved, hand-crafted L.A. Binder will be a resource we use for many years, I’m sure! I tell everyone I can about Wand.

Heather Lloyd, Executive Director, Concordis Education Partners

Rooted in Language understands that a teacher must be equipped well in order to teach reading. Therefore the program has explicit instructions to aid the teacher while even more importantly providing demonstrations and training on how to teach reading. Rooted in Language is not just a curriculum, it is a resource center for faculty. From working with pre-readers first learning to read, to older students struggling with comprehension, Rooted in Language provides the support and tools necessary for instruction. Teachers have access to ideas and material that equip them to work with all types of learners and develop the important deep skill of reading and using words well.


I want to share a big success for us. Last year at the end of first grade in public school my daughter took a standardized test at home with me. The results were bad . . . she was really below grade level. I was shocked and dismayed. I knew my daughter was smarter than what she was showing, so I set out to figure out the disconnect. Turns out she is dyslexic - which does run in my family. I started researching and figured out that I had to do things differently. We left public school (which I had been wanting to do anyway) and started homeschooling with RiL’s Wand. We completed all three levels of the Wand this year in 2nd grade. I felt like we made progress, but I still didn’t feel like we had come as far as I thought we should. We took the standardized test again this year. She scored well above grade level in reading! I was just floored! The difference in my child is pretty unbelievable. It was harder for me to see because I’ve been there for every moment of the process, but those who weren’t (i.e. my mom) say the difference is remarkable. All this to say - RIL is the real deal. It works. I’m a special education teacher, and I believe it’s better than any school curriculum that I’ve seen.