Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know where to start my child? Do you have an assessment instrument I can use?

Children should start with a mastery of the first 54 phonograms (oral & written)

How do I use Spalding in multi-grade classrooms/as a homeschool parent with different age children?

Children should be taught the first 54 phonogram before they begin to entering words into the spelling/vocabulary notebook. Children in a multi-grade class can be taught as a whole group and then differentiate the instruction into small groups as they begin to master the phonograms.

How do I apply Spalding to my Pre-K classroom to ensure my students are prepared for Kindergarten?

Pre-K student can be taught the first 54 phonogram for oral mastery before they begin Kindergarten.

What is the difference between WRTR 5th and 6th editions?

WRTR 6th edition aligns to the grade level teacher guides.

Does Spalding have tutors?

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Can the Spalding method be used to teach adults?


How much time in the school day would need to be set aside to teach The Spalding Method?

The total language arts block (spelling, writing, and reading comprehension) for grades 1-5 is approximately 120 minutes.

Yes. The Spalding Method is accredited by IMSLEC and IDA.

How much time in a school day would need to be set aside to teach WRTR?

At first, more time will be spent in the spelling element because that is where children learn to read. Your school needs to set aside 90-120 minutes for teaching spelling, writing, and reading each day. As you become more established and routines are in place, you may only need 90 minutes.

How does The Writing Road to Reading meet State Standards for spelling/phonics, writing, and reading?

A correlation to the College and Career Ready Standards can be provided to you at your request. Contact Us. We can also provide you with a reverse K-3 alignment that Spalding has done with the Arizona State Standards. These grades are closely aligned within 90-99% alignment to the Arizona State Standards. Although, Spalding has not done a complete alignment to all states, we have found that many states require the same or similar skills to be taught in spelling/phonics, writing, and reading.

How does Spalding improve fluency?

Each day, after dictation of new words, these words are read two ways: for spelling and for reading. When they read one-syllable dictated words for spelling, they say each sound to train the brain to process sounds sequentially for writing and spelling. When they read multi-syllable words, they say each syllable. Next they read the words for "reading." They read each word in normal speech as they will when reading in a book. Research has documented that the best comprehenders by the end of second-grade were the best on rapid single-word reading at the end of first grade. This is a strength of Spalding.

How do I use Spalding in multi-grade classrooms?

If the students have already had Spalding, pretest to determine which phonograms they know. If none of the students have had prior Spalding training, then begin at the beginning with all students. All phonics training is done in the spelling lesson. The phonograms are taught with handwriting, and all students begin with manuscript. When 54 phonograms are learned, begin spelling dictation. Be sure to pretest, using the Spalding Spelling Assessment to determine where to begin dictation for the older students. Again, if they have never had Spalding, they may start at the beginning, Section A-G, but the pace is more rapid.

How widely is this program being used?

When looking at our website, you can read about 14 of our Spalding accredited schools. We have taught courses in the following states over the past few years: Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, New York, Mississippi, Wyoming, Alaska. We also have a licensee in Australia, and have had courses in China, South Korea, Singapore, London, Manila, Honduras, and a lady from Indonesia who has traveled to the United States for two courses the past 2 summers. She is using the Method in her school with 100 children. We have 80 Spalding Certified Teacher Instructors located across the United States and Australia who instruct our courses. In addition to these SCTIs, we have over 100 Spalding Certified Teachers throughout the United States who are teacher leaders within their own schools and who instruct our parent courses. There are also several of the SCTIs and SCTs who provide tutoring services.

What Apple products is the Spalding App compatible with?

Requires Apple iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Can my school purchase a site license for the Spalding App?


Android App Troubleshooting

Restart your device To restart your phone, press and hold the Power button for a few seconds. Then, on your screen, tap Restart Restart.

If you don't see "Restart," press and hold the Power button for about 30 seconds, until your phone restarts.

Check for Android updates System updates can bring improvements that may fix your issue.

To check for and install system updates:

Open your device's Settings app Settings app. Near the bottom, tap System and then System updates. (If needed, first tap About phone or About tablet.) You'll see your update status. Follow any on-screen steps. Update the app App updates can bring improvements that may fix your issue.

To see and get updates for your apps:

Open your device's Play Store app Google Play. Tap Menu Menu and then My apps & games. Apps with available updates are labeled "Update." If an update is available, tap Update. If more updates are available, tap Update all.

If you are still experiencing an issue with the app please read the following article from Google to troubleshoot the issue.

Kindle App Troubleshooting

A hidden sound feature on the Kindle that you can’t reverse. To fix this you need to install “Quick Mute Volume Control” from the Amazon app store. Luckily it’s a free app.

Open this app and raise all the volume controls. Once you exit the app you will need to restart the Kindle.