The Writing Road to Reading© At A Glance
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:
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: English Language Learners of all ages, Special Needs Students and Gifted. Thus, differentiated instruction is embedded in The Spalding Method.
Spalding teachers believe that students' physical and mental well-being is a primary concern and that all children can learn.
Spalding's Kindergarten to Sixth Grade Teacher Guides provide 32 weeks of:
- Spelling lesson objectives
- Phonemic awareness
- Phonics with handwriting
- Spelling rules
- Writing high-frequency vocabulary words in a notebook
- Writing lesson objectives
- Meaning and usage of the same high-frequency spelling words
- Parts of speech
- English conventions
- Reading lesson objectives
- Literary appreciation
- Text fluency
- Text structure
- Listening and reading comprehension strategies
Series 1 and 2 leveled readers provide practice of phonograms and different text structures. Fine literature is recommended for primary and intermediate readers.
The Foreword to Romalda Spalding's The Writing Road to Reading, explains why The Spalding Method® works. For validation, check the Arizona State University longitudinal study and other Supportive Research.