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Writing Road to Reading 6th Rev Ed.: The Spalding Method for Teaching Speech, Spelling, Writing, and Reading Paperback – January 17, 2012
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The Writing Road to Reading is a total language arts program that has been used by teachers and parents for over 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.
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Please note that this is simply a reference book. It does have some very good information but not enough to create a functioning skeleton to drape a reading/writing/spelling curriculum on. Further grade-specific books are required to implement this program. The book is excellent in describing how the curriculum works - but the description on the CC site and on Amazon gives the buyer a very distinct impression that this is the primary source for implementing a successful program.
I am not reviewing the program itself - it does look very interesting - but simply stating that this book is not a curriculum in and of itself.
The first step is learning the sounds of each letter, using flash cards. The child hears it, sees it, says it, writes it, so all the senses are involved in learning. The child learns all the sounds of each letter - there are three for the letter "a" for example. Second step is learning the sounds of letter combinations - again see it, hear it, say it, write it.
Once the sounds are learned, spelling begins. With each word the spelling rules are mentioned, things like silent e's, and "a vowel says its name at the end of a syllable," etc. So those rules are heard and learned painlessly.
It's an excellent "learning to read" method. I highly recommend it.