If you've seen it before, and said "ack! WRTR..." bah-humbug!....Take time to look at it again. Seriously, I have discovered the ugliness of this program is really beauty in disguise! The Writing Road to Reading covers a multitude of reading, writing and spelling sins! After a lovely thorough consultation on this resource from my Mother of Divine Grace teacher reviewer, I have come away ready to tackle this course this year with my two younger students. I have done WRTR in the past, in a scattered and unguided manner...aimlessly really...and should have stuck it out. I'm just fortunate that my children so far have been excellent readers and average to above-average spellers and two of them have proven to be far above average writers. When Modg has been criticized for not being "big on writing", I find this far from the truth. Our oldest is a wonderful writer - his college professors greatly impressed with his written expression. So, I feel confident Modg "knows what they are doing" in regard to college preparatory.
Home study programs are wise in recommending the WRTR as it helps alleviate reading and spelling problems right for the get-go, especially for those with processing disabilities or dyslexics -- but go to the Spalding site yourself and read about it. It's as simple as having the WRTR book, flashcards, composition book w/pencil to start the program with your child(ren).
(My personal use: I use the Fourth Edition of WRTR and the Wanda Sanseri "Teaching Reading at Home" guide, which could probably be found used at used book sources)