Welcome to Spalding Education’s Reading Foundations Course


Welcome Video

Intro to Spalding Video



This course will be organized into 3 main parts:

    1.  Pre-modulesindex

           a.  Review all videos and activities before July 30th

           b.  Submit assignments

    2.  5-days of class time from 8:00am-12:30pm at Oakwood Elementary.

    3.  Post-modules

    4. Successful completion of all 3 parts is needed before certificate of completion is issued.



lets start


To begin,

     1.  Print Pre-Module Calendars for due dates.

   2.  Review the Pre-Module Organizer below as an overview of your assignments.

    3.  Read and print Pre-Module Activity description and assignment expectation before watching each Pre-Module.

   4.  Click on Pre-Module title to watch it.



June Due Dates Calendar

July Due Dates Calendar




Pre-Module Organizer

Pre-Module Activity


Pre-Module End Date

Description and Assignment

Due Date

Approx. time to complete the module


6 Instructional Strategies

June 11th

Pre-Module Wkbk page 1- submit electronically via email

June 11, 2018



Phonogram Introduction with Handwriting 1-45

With app practice

June 11th

Keep practicing

Pre-Module Wkbk page 2- submit a picture or scan via email

June 11, 2018



Manuscript Capital Letters & Numbers & Punctuation

June 18

Pre-Module Wkbk page 3- submit a picture or scan via email

June 18, 2018  minutes 


Phonogram Introduction with Handwriting 46-58

With app practice

June 25

Keep practicing

Pre-Module Wkbk page 4- submit a picture or scan via email

June 25, 2018  minutes 


Spalding Marking Conventions

July 2

Pre-Module Wkbk pg. 5 submit a picture via email

June 25, 2018



Phonogram Introduction with Handwriting 59-70

With app practice

July 9

Keep practicing

Pre-Module Wkbk page 6- submit a picture or scan via email


July 24th

Oral Phonogram Quiz via Zoom conferencing system with instructor



Spalding Rule Introduction

July 16

Pre-Module Wkbk page 7- ?- submit a picture or scan via email

July 16, 2018  minutes 


Cursive Capital Letters

July 23

Pre-Module Wkbk page 8- submit a picture or scan via email

July 23, 2018  minutes 


Spalding’s Philosophy & Methodology

July 30

Quiz July 30






PHOENIX - There are many programs and methods for teaching children how to spell, write and read. But when The Spalding Method was put up against two of the most popular mainstream reading programs, the Arizona State University study showed Spalding students' achievement test scores were significantly higher.


The four-year findings strongly suggest that use of "The Writing Road to Reading" (the textbook used in The Spalding Method) is an effective method for enhancing performance on critical early literacy skills.


The study started in the 2006-2007 school year and concluded with the 2009-2010 school year. It included 11 Arizona schools where an average of 1,000 general education kindergarten through third-grade students participated in each of the four years. Five experimental schools used "The Writing Road to Reading" (also referred to as The Spalding Method) and six control schools used one of two mainstream reading programs, published by Harcourt School Publishers or Houghton Mifflin. All students were tested three times annually on Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS).


The report states, "In each administration, Spalding students had consistently higher mean values on all DIBELS areas, which provides evidence that Spalding has been more effective than the methods used in the control schools to teach those reading skills."


According to the researchers, since both the control and experimental groups used detailed teacher guides evaluated by the Arizona Department of Education for research-based reading components, theoretically, they should have produced similar results. That was not the case as Spalding students' results differed dramatically. For example, in the final test for second graders the mean oral reading fluency score for those using The Spalding Method was 109.96, compared to 87.48 for those using one of the two mainstream reading programs at a control school.


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