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Writing Road to Reading 5th Rev Ed: The Spalding Method for Teaching Speech, Spelling, Writing, and Reading (Harperresource Book) [Teacher's Edition] [Paperback]

by Romalda Bishop Spalding, Mary Elizabeth North
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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February 4, 2003 0060520108 978-0060520106 5 Revised

The Spalding Method is a total language arts approach that has been used by teachers and parents for nearly fifty years to teach millions of students to spell, write, and read. Now fully updated to reflect the latest research on how children learn language, this newest edition is easier to use than ever.

The Spalding Method helps train the right and left sides of the brain as children see, hear, read, and write. It is cost-effective and efficient; students use pencils, paper, and their minds. The results are stunning: Children learn to connect speech sounds to print and begin to write and read almost magically. Spalding students perform well in the classroom and on tests -- and most important, they love to read and write.

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Romalda Bishop Spalding, a graduate of Columbia University, developed her method using principles learned from the eminent neurologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton and her experiences teaching children with language problems at Harvard Children's Hospital and public and private schools.

Product Details

  • Series: Harperresource Book
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 5 Revised edition (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060520108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060520106
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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134 of 134 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good system, somewhat difficult to use August 13, 2005
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When I first heard about this system, I kept hearing and reading that "flashcards are in the book". NOT in this 5th edition.

They are in the EARLIER editions (little 3 1/2" squares that you can either cut out and laminate or make copies and paste onto 3x5 index cards if you don't want to ruin the book). The info on the cards is in the book, but not in the flashcard format--they hope that you will buy a set from them.

Also missing from this 5th edition but present in earlier editions (via one of those floppy 33 1/3 speed records) is a recording of the phonograms--why they didn't include a CD with this new edition and raise the price a tad is beyond me. You have to go to their site to buy a recording.

As to whether the 5th edition is an improvement over the previous editions, I have mixed feelings. Yes, there is more "teaching info", such as the dialogues the teacher should use (which you may not bother with if you homeschool), but in some ways it makes it more difficult to actually get to the lessons per se. The word list is extended. It still uses their "clock method" of teaching handwriting, which makes for that very round, old-fashioned "school" look. Many schools now teach D'Nealian, which supposedly is easier to transition to cursive handwriting later (imho, they should teach Italic calligraphy instead). It still has samples of the notebook pages, but in a different part of the book than where the teaching dialogues are (again, they assume that this book/system is being used in a classroom, and you have the laminated posters, as well as laminated flashcards for everyone). The earlier editions have the full-size sample pages right next to the actual lesson.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down, the best reading program money can buy! March 27, 2003
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We have tried several reading programs, but this is by far the best. Your child will learn handwriting, phonics, spelling, and most of all, reading! After just a few months of using the program my children's reading took off. My first grader can read on a fourth grade level, and my third grader can read on a sixth grade level. Do not confuse this all new book with its predecessor (4th edition). This book is twice the size of the old version and includes step by step instructions for implementing the program as intended by its creator, Romalda Spalding. You can't beat the price either.
Other guide books exist to use with the WRTR, but it would be a waste of your money to purchase them. Stick with the original and best! Although the program may seem difficult to implement at first, it is worth the time and effort and will repay your diligence many times over - stick with it and enjoy the benefits.
I can't say enough good things about this program. If you're looking for an effective and lasting program to teach your children to read (and spell and write), do yourself a favor and purchase The Writing Road to Reading.
For more information on this program, including detailed sample lesson plans, visit [...]
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars teacher-tested! Excellent approach February 7, 2004
I am a first grade teacher in a public school and am currently taking a 45-hour class on this book! I can't imagine just picking the book up, reading it, and being able to implement it. I started this method with my first graders after the first two classes I took. I, too, thought the "marking system" to be ridiculous AT FIRST. But, I am totally amazed by how quickly a 6-year old can pick it up. What might seem totally confusing to adults is actually fairly simple to a child. The marking system enables the child to thoroughly analyze the words they write, and eventually they will internalize the rules of our language. In just 4 weeks, I have really seen remarkable results in my students. This is a fantastic book for any educator! If you can't take a class offered by Spalding trainers, then take your time reading and implementing it.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Writing is a Success, BUT the Road is patchy January 3, 2007
Firstly, I have recently began homeschooling my children and was unsure which direction to take. Secondly, it is helpful to have a mentor who teaches their children in a way that appeals or applies to your own situation.I was only able to use this book with someone who was experienced in using it.

I have to say I TRULY enjoy using this book to teach my children to read and as they learn to write, they dont even realize they are learning to read by learning the uses of their letters as phonograms and such. All the information you could need is in one book, though there is a catch to it. It is not organized in a way that is understandable to a person who isnt familiar with the concept. There is a lack of organization and structure because the information is broken up throughout the book and/or chapters.

EXAMPLE: If you are teaching phonograms to your children, it is not in just one place. You have to go to page 300 to explain it to the adult. Then, page 67, to explain to to your children, then page 89 to teach its correct written form.

BUT there is a way to get the benefit of this book... without ALL the hassle. (BECAUSE the book is a truly valuable teaching tool for parents, teachers and children.) Writing Road to Reading has produced a teaching manual to help you format your teaching according to grade. Also, I tabbed my book with each section to help find concepts faster.

Thoroughness: 5

Ease of understanding: 5

Organization: 2
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great program
First I learned this program as a child in the 80's. Still reaping the benefits. Now I am a teacher and have incorporated it with my ELL students...amazing results. Read more
Published 23 days ago by mesosavvy
4.0 out of 5 stars I think this method works
There are many things I like about the Spalding method--hear it, say it, say it, write it, and if you want finger spell it. The students learn many sounds for the same letter. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Coach
5.0 out of 5 stars Spalding reading method
Great for teaching phonics. Very thorough detailed. It may be too intense for some children but can be modified to fit their needs
Published 10 months ago by Marlene Speelman
3.0 out of 5 stars overwhelmed by book's organization
This book is confusingly organized, and got a bit frustrating trying to figure out how the whole system works, I felt like I was going to miss something by how it was organized and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amy
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it.
I don't understand how to use this book. I've been reading it, and it seems that you start off by teaching your child to write the sounds as they learn the sounds. Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by A. M. Selby
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT TEACHING TOOL
This is exactly the book used to teach the Spalding theory. Received it on time and in perfect condition
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Published on August 10, 2011 by Quinn Moulesong
5.0 out of 5 stars A great program!!
A friend recommended this program to me. I read it over a few times and took a few weeks to digest and think about whether to use it. Read more
Published on June 3, 2011 by bandhcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to Read is Hard!
This is a great program, but very difficult! My mother taught me to spell using the WRTR, so I was very excited to try it with my 4 year old. Read more
Published on April 21, 2011 by edumama
2.0 out of 5 stars I really tried to like this book...
After reading The Well Trained Mind and Classical Christian Homeschooling and both recommending this book I really, really was excited to try this book. Read more
Published on January 4, 2011 by M. LONG
5.0 out of 5 stars giving our kids the best!
At first, we were reluctant to home school. After discovering the site [...] we found this book as their primary recommendation. Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by home school mom
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