Learning at Home FAQ Tweet Where do I start? How do I know where to start my child? Does Spalding have an assessment instrument I can use? When I tested my daughter with the Spalding Spelling Assessment, she tested at Z on the Ayres List (47 out of 50). Where do I start instruction? How does Spalding improve fluency? What is Reading for Spelling/Reading? Why is it an essential step? How do I use Spalding with different age children? Why doesn’t Spalding teach that “y” has four sounds (the long e sound as the 4th sound)? Why does Phonogram y have a short i sound next to the word baby? Why do we pronounce y’s with the short i sound in words like baby or property? Does Spalding have tutors?