Spalding is the basis for an integrated language arts program at the CTA schools. There are 3 curriculum components to Spalding:  Spelling, Reading and Written Composition.  

    • Spelling involves phonemic awareness, Phonograms with handwriting, development of high-frequency vocabulary and learning the rules and concepts of English.
    • Written Composition develops an understanding of sentence structures starting at the simplest and moving to the complex.  Children learn to apply and use spelling and language rules. Using the writing process, children write stories, reports, essays and more.
    • Reading is an essential element in which the children learn literary appreciation, discuss the elements of literature, read quality literature, learn about the text structures and author’s purpose and, most importantly, learn to comprehend the different types of text they read.

     Click here to download Spalding handwriting formation instructions.

    Journeys Common Core Reading Program

    CUSD has adopted a reading program created by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  With Common Core-based instruction integrated into every unit and lesson, Journeys provides the resources needed to teach and engage students.  As students progress, one of their most important challenges is learning from - and about - complex text. Journeys focuses on repeated reading of complex text, developing academic vocabulary, and close-reading skills. I encourage you to take a look at our First Grade CORE Standards by visiting the CUSD website. 

    Accelerated Reader and Independent Reading

    At all of the CTA schools, independent reading at home and in school is a requirement.  Students will be assigned 20 minutes of reading every night. Students will be bringing home Decodable Readers or take part in the A.R. Reading Program (depending on your child's reading level). Students will receive a grade on their report card for their daily reading so please help your child at home by making this an important part of their homework routine. To read more about Accelerated Reader please click here.