The Writing Road to Reading

February 6, 2011
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The Writing Road to Reading

Content: Phonics
Grade(s): K-6
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Moderate
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$$$ || ?
Pages: Multiple books
Publication Date: 2012

Common Core Aligned: Yes

** From the Publisher’s Website: **

Spalding’s Writing Road to Reading, a total language arts program, integrates essential research-based components, an educational philosophy, and a methodology consisting of time-tested principles of learning and instruction. The Spalding Method is explicit, sequential, multisensory, and diagnostic.

Students learn the purpose for every task and are active participants throughout Spalding lessons. Daily observations and assessments enable teachers to tailor instruction to meet each child’s individual needs. Spalding teachers believe that students’ physical and mental well-being is a primary concern, that all children can learn, and that they are committed to personal improvement.

The K-6 program covers:
* Phonemic awareness
* Systematic phonics with handwriting
* Pronunciation, spelling, and language rules
* High frequency vocabulary instruction
* Syllabication
* Vocabulary development
* Morphology (word structure)
* Parts of speech and grammar
* Composition
* Literary appreciation
* Text structure
* Reading comprehension strategies

The complete homeschool program includes the instructor’s guide, word cards, a CD, a DVD, an primer books. There are also apps you can download to use on a tablet or phone.

About the Author:
Romalda Spalding received her Masters degree from Columbia University and went on to become a teacher. After frustrating attempts to teach certain children to read, she studied directly with Dr. Samuel Orton, a leader in dyslexia, and developed our own methodology for helping students who experience reading problems. Ms. Spalding used her program at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Harvard’s Children’s Hospital. Writing Road to Reading has been revised and updated four times since it was originally published in the 1950s.

Because one opinion is never enough! Have you ever used Writing Road to Reading? How did it work for your family? Share your review below.



  • Mary Sutherland March 30, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Excellent program. I used the 4th edition. You must be diligent in drilling the phonograms, writing, and spelling lists. Both of my children have different learning styles, but the program worked for them.

  • Dee in MI March 15, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I used WRTR to teach my son after failing with 100 easy lessons and Ordinary Parents guide. I think that for most kids either of those two programs would have been fine. And maybe it was just a matter of WRTR being the one that I was trying at the point that my son was ready to read. In any case, WRTR is what worked for us.

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