How do I use Spalding with different age children?

If the different aged students have already had Spalding, pretest to determine which phonograms they know.


If none of the students have had prior Spalding training, then begin at the beginning. All phonics training is done in the spelling lesson.

The phonograms are taught with handwriting, and all students begin with manuscript. When 54 phonograms are learned, begin spelling dictation.

Be sure to pretest, using the Spalding Spelling Assessment to determine where to begin dictation for the older students. Again, if they have never had Spalding, they may start at the beginning, Section A-G,  but at a more rapid pace.