CC OPINION: After years of witnessing the frustration and heartache that come from illiteracy, Romalda Spalding put together a virtually fool-proof guide to teaching the art of reading. The Writing Road to Reading is a simple, complete language arts curriculum that teaches reading, writing, and spelling alongside each other. With The Writing Road, students and parents need nothing but pencil, paper, and the power of the mind to prepare them for a lifetime of easy and enjoyable reading.

Brief Description: Nearly a decade in the making, the long-awaited sixth edition of the classic Spalding primer helps children develop their reading skills through a multi-sensory approach that is so natural and stimulating that reading itself is never taught outright - it simply begins. Teachers, tutors, and parents will find the latest edition of The Writing Road to Reading a powerful tool for its phonics-based, total language arts program. The Writing Road to Reading lets children learn to put sounds together, form meaningful words, write meaningful sentences, and develop their creative minds, allowing them to progress quickly toward absorbing and enjoying the great works of children's literature. Dr. Susan Moore, editor of Education Monitor, praises Spalding's approach, saying: 'because the Method is multi-sensory... it works for everyone.... No other approach to early literacy has this record of success.'"

For more than fifty years, teachers and parents have used the Spalding Method to help millions of children learn to spell, read, and write. An accredited, phonics-based, total language arts program based on educator Romalda Spalding's intensive study of how children learn, this multi-sensory approach is so natural and stimulating that reading itself is never taught outright - it simply begins.

The Writings Road to Reading shows teachers and tutors, parents and homeschoolers how to use the Spalding Method with their students and children. Incorporating spelling, writing (including handwriting), and listening/reading comprehension, the Spalding Method engages children's visual, auditory, speech, and tactile faculties to transform the path to reading, writing, and comprehension into a superhighway.

As children put sounds together they form words, then combine those words into sentences. By learning how language works, children develop their creative minds and reasoning skills, which allows them to progress quickly to absorbing - and enjoying - good literature: first graders enjoy Where the Wild Things Are; second graders gobble up The Velveteen Rabbit; third graders savor Charlotte's Web.

Spalding students consistently score far beyond national norms - demonstrated by more than fifty years of student achievement data. Most importantly, they love to read and write. In a digital world filled with distractions, The Writing Road to Reading is a vital educational tool to help children develop the literacy and critical thinking skills they need to thrive in today's world.

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Publication date:

17 January 2012

Number of pages:



1.08 kgs


234 x 2753 x 2146 mm






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.

Mary E. North, Ph.D., is director of research and curriculum at Spalding Education International (SEI). She is vice president of the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council and serves on the executive committee of the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education, Inc. SEI is located in Phoenix, Arizona.

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