I'm teaching second grade, and we've been given Wright Group readers to use with our RTI kids. The series is called "Springboard." The reading books are way too hard for our kids who can't read at the beginning of the year. Right now I'm using some old phonic readers to teach the kids how to read before getting them into the Wright Group, but I am sensing some disapproval from above. The kids I am teaching to read are kids who either could not read at all at the beginning of the year, or who could barely read. (CVC words were a serious struggle.) The first book in the Wright Group series has several multi-syllabic words, as well as a number of words with different kinds of long vowel spelling patterns in them. It is a mystery as to what phonic skill is being taught in it. I and the other teachers who have looked at these books feel they are whole language. The first grade books in this series are similarly difficult. The first of the first grade books has a number of multisyllabic words and seems to rely on the kids guessing what the words are based on the pictures. Has anyone ever dealt with this series before? I would like the opinions of others, as well as any information people may have.