The Writing Road to Reading

Spalding Education International
23335 N. 18th Drive, Suite 102
Phoenix, AZ 85027
phone: 623-434-1204

The sixth edition of The Writing Road to Reading by Romalda Bishop Spalding (also known as The Spalding Method) is now available. First published in 1957,this time-tested and research-based method is the result of what Romalda Spalding learned from famed neurologist Dr. Samuel Orton and her own teaching experience. The fifth edition (2003) makes explicit the insights and classroom techniques that were inferred in earlier editions, thus making The Method easier to teach and learn. Spalding students learn the structure of the language, how to analyze literature, to use critical thinking skills across the curriculum, and to apply what they have learned to their own writing. The fifth edition also devotes a chapter to current research and shows how it validates the multisensory, integrated total language arts methodology of The Writing Road to Reading.

Karen Marymee, first-grade teacher at Morrill Elementary School in Morrill, Nebraska, writes: “This is my first year as a teacher of the Spalding language arts program. As I took the training, it was difficult to see how young children would be able to learn and use so many phonograms. The students have learned them with relative ease. I believe frequent practice is the key to both learning and using the phonograms. There are benefits for every learner in my classroom. Those students for whom learning comes easily feel empowered to read very challenging material. Decoding all words has become possible because they hold the keys, the phonograms.”

“Those students who have difficulty learning are much better readers because the phonograms have become very automatic due to the frequent practice. I had thought the frequent practices might become tedious, but they held the students’ attention since everyone was involved. There is a great deal of continuity in our building since students are taught by this method in the chapter class, the resource room, and each progressive grade level. This program is also effective for ESL students since it focuses on the sounds made by the phonograms rather than letter names…The intention is not to memorize, but rather to learn how to spell words by listening to and writing the sounds. The students are able to write their own sentences with much better accuracy. It has been exciting to see this program in action. Our students have been the real winners.”

A home-schooling parent in New Jersey who uses The Writing Road to Reading writes, ” Just a note to tell you that for the second year in a row my children scored very high on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills in all subjects and especially in reading, spelling and reading comprehension.”

Another parent recounted that her sixth-grade son was having trouble with his studies until instructed by a Spalding tutor. She writes, “Thanks to the Spalding method, our son is now experiencing success. Please spread the message that all children can learn to spell, write and read using Mrs. Spalding’s method.”

Dr. Susan Moore, editor of Education Monitor in Australia, writes, “Because the method is multi-sensory, developing the eyes, ears, voice, hand and arm muscles, and the right and left sides of the brain concurrently, it works for everyone—brilliant, average and learning-disabled pupils of every age.”

The results of 2002 Arizona standardized achievement testing reveal that for the eighth consecutive year, a school using The Spalding Method scored highest in the state in reading and language.

In 1986, Mrs. Spalding established the Spalding Education Foundation (now Spalding Education International) to assure consistency of instruction in The Spalding Method by organizing courses for teachers through contracts with schools, districts, colleges and universities. The text and aligned instructional materials are available from

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