How can such a brilliant teaching system be impossible to learn?
Romalda Spalding’s “Writing Road to Reading” has long been considered the seminal work in bringing phonics to the classroom. Phonics has been widely embraced as the best tool to teach children to read, spell and write by learning sounds and sound combinations.
The big frustration with phonics, however, continues to be that teachers need to go to special training just to learn how to teach it, and parents who home-school their children are simply being left in the dust.
One home-school parent said this about her frustrations with “The Writing Road to Reading”:
[quote style=”boxed”]I searched so long to find a user-friendly way to do Spalding Phonics. The method is unmatched, but “The Writing Road to Reading” is just so cumbersome to learn, plan and implement. With three children under 3, I’m just too busy to do it justice.-C.H. Omaha[/quote] Without the right tools, a teacher, tutor or parent can be totally lost in the labyrinth of phonograms and mnemonics. Which is tremendously unfortunate, because phonics is a highly efficient and effective educational tool when presented properly.
Not only does phonics teach exponentially more words than the whole language (see-say) method, but comprehension and enthusiasm for reading increases with phonics. Students learn more, test higher, build confidence, and achieve greater academic success.
Phonics also provides tremendous opportunities for achievement in dyslexic students, reluctant readers, and students studying English as a second language. (In fact, students who suffer from dyslexia or other learning disabilities often gain in learning faster than their peers without these challenges.)
But if every teacher must take time out of the classroom to learn how to present phonics, or a tutor or home-school parent is left to their own devices, phonics often becomes more burdensome than effective.
One teacher skipped teacher training altogether when she found the step-by-step YesPhonics™ Express Program online. Carmen Cobbett, B.SC., Certified TEFL Instructor and Graduate of University of Michigan, reported, [quote] The YesPhonics program works fantastic with my [ESL] students and they are doing quite well. Ironically, my dyslexic student responded the best among the other ones who do not have reading problems. It’s working out so well that I’ve decided against going to the Spalding class.[/quote]
It is the wish of every parent for their children to read with enthusiasm, speak intelligently, comprehend their education, think critically, and embrace learning as a lifelong endeavor. In short, this is the very gift phonics offers to parents, teachers, tutors and children. On the surface, phonics simply provides the sounds and sound combination you need to teach language arts. Deep down, however, phonics proficiency offers a lifetime of learning, the joy of literature, and the fulfillment that comes through learning read and write.
Learn more about phonics, how to teach phonograms, and the special tools that help teachers deliver a comprehensive and effective phonics language arts program.
Whatever happened to that frustrated parent in Omaha, by the way? … [quote style=”boxed”]I am thrilled to find your [YesPhonics] program, and now that my 2-year-olds can even get some use from it, I couldn’t be happier.” -C.H. Omaha, NE[/quote]
Link here for more testimonials that illustrate how YesPhonics solved parents’ frustrations with “The Writing Road to Reading.”
*A note about YesPhonics: With teaching guides, flash cards, spelling rules and more, YesPhonics gives teachers, tutors and parents everything they need to teach the 72 Orton Phonograms, the Ayres Spelling List of the 1,000 most common words (+300 additional words), and manuscript and cursive writing skills. No special training is required.