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Teach the child what is of use to a child, Rousseau said, and you will find that it takes all his time.

What is of use to a child interested in reading is explicit instruction in how the written language works - how it represents the sounds of speech, how it is produced with tools like pencils and chalk, how it signifies words and ideas. A program-specifically, the Spalding program-that provides such instruction absorbs children to an astonishing degree. It does indeed take all their time, or as much of it as teachers will allow.

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The purpose for language arts standards is to ensure that all students develop the language skills they need to lead productive and fulfilling lives. Standards define the knowledge, concepts and skills that students should be taught at every grade level. Ideally, these standards should be challenging so that students are encouraged to attain a high level of achievement.

The Writing Road to Reading is a total language arts program that includes instruction in spelling, writing, and reading. It integrates content, principles, and procedures that empower teachers and parents to be successful decision makers, equipping them with the ability to help all students learn to read and write.


Common Core Standards Correlations to

Spalding Education Teacher Guides


First/Second Editions

·         Kindergarten

·         First Grade

·         Second Grade

·         Third Grade

·         Fourth Grade

·         Fifth Grade

·         Sixth Grade

Third Editions

·         Kindergarten

·         First Grade

·         Second Grade

·         Third Grade



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Students diagnosed with a reading disability require a reading program that can meet their particular needs. The Writing Road to Reading is that program.


The Spalding Method reading instruction is explicit and systematic. Explicit means that important skills and knowledge are taught directly by the teacher. Systematic means that there is a planned and logical sequence of instruction that proceeds from the simple to the complex. In addition, Spalding instruction is multisensory. Students see, hear, say, and write using all channels to the brain, the stronger channels reinforcing the weaker.

The Writing Road to Reading uses high frequency words that are already part of most students' spoken vocabularies. Students begin by learning to decode the words they will encounter most often in text, an advantage for students with learning disabilities and all students.

Some students struggle with reading but do not have a reading disability. These students may require more time to learn or they may have received poor initial instruction. Because Spalding is a diagnostic method, it can be differentiated to meet the needs of these students as well.

The Writing Road to Reading incorporates all the components of effective instruction identified by the National Reading Panel:


Finally, The Writing Road to Reading integrates the teaching of spelling, writing and reading, including punctuation, syllable division, word meanings and usage, syntax, and morphology, so language is taught as a unified whole just as students experience it in their lives.