Archive for January, 2010

Is Your Older Child Still Struggling with Sight Words? Does He/She Stumble Over Words, Skip Words, Mumble Words, Guess Words, or Substitute Words?

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DOES   YOUR   OLDER   CHILD   STRUGGLE   TO   READ?  

Very soon, before the end of this school year, thousands of American parents will discover that their little third, fourth, or fifth grader is struggling to read his school textbooks.

 

Moms, Dads, your older child does not have to go through junior high and high school missing key points in his lessons because he misreads words in his textbooks.  For less than $10 you can change the reading success of your child.  

 

Unfortunately for many parents, and through no fault of their own, this is the first they have come to realize that their little guy or gal cannot read every word on every page. Many parents are in this same boat because they have been led to believe that based upon a normal bell curve, their child has been doing “just fine” in reading. 

 

So many children memorize just enough sight words to convince their teachers and their parents that they can fluently read.  Sadly, however, hundreds of thousands of older children every year have finally reached the place where there are just too many whole words for them to remember.  Moreover, because they have not been taught how to sound out and blend together all the phonograms inside words, they do not have the skills to sound out every word on every page. 

  

Being capable of sounding out every word on every page is a grave problem, because when older children make it into the third, fourth, or fifth grade and they find themselves stumbling to read words, they become self conscious, and, oftentimes, terribly humiliated, because they are expected to read lessons from higher level textbooks, answer comprehension questions, and make total sense of the facts given in their lessons. 

 

Moms, Dads, did you know that it’s a fact that most American students today are not learning systematic, explicit phonics?   Instead, our children are learning to read using Look/n/Say, Whole Word methods, methods that are mixed with just enough implicit phonics to make everyone believe that they are learning to decode words.

 

Unfortunately, the little bit of implicit phonics that has been presented in so many of our classrooms has given way whole-heartedly to the memorization of Whole Words printed on Word Walls and then filtered into the monotonous pages of easy-to-read I Can Read Books.

 

Moms, Dads, children cannot continue to memorize or guess every whole word on the page after they’ve reached the higher grades.  It just isn’t possible!

 

Our children should be able to sound out every word on every page. Learning to read should not be a big mystery box that children struggle to open; however, that is exactly what our American public school classrooms have turned reading into.

 

Parents should be concerned about their child’s reading grades because, regrettably, only 70% of U.S. schoolchildren will actually graduate from high school.

 

It’s a well-researched, but often heartrending fact, that reading ability severely affects lifelong success?

 

At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we believe that children deserve to learn to read everything put in front of them so that they can move up to other necessary skills like comprehension and inferential thinking – lifelong skills that will give them jobs with adequate incomes – lifelong skills that will move them into households far above the poverty level.

 

Isn’t that what you want, too!   Please, check us out!  When your child learns to read every word on every page, we know you’ll be glad you did!

 

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

My Child Complains When it’s Time to Read! He Hates Reading!

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Does your child moan and groan

when it’s time to read? 

 

It’s true that once your child learns to read, you can encourage him to read more by building off what he already knows.  Connecting him to a book that has something to do with his hobby, or a favorite movie, or a favorite sport is a good way to encourage additional reading. 

 

However, if a child cannot sound out all the words on the page

he will not want to read.   

 

So after you’ve taught your child to read, then you can interest him in additional reading by building off what he already enjoys.  

But let me stress, once again, your child need to learn how to sound out every word on every page.  Moreover, your child isn’t the only child struggling in reading.  There are so many children in America who cannot sound out every word on every page that it’s scary!   

Why do American children have such a horrible reading problem?

American children have a reading problem because the teaching of reading in American public schools is totally wrong and flies in the face of all logic and common sense.

 

What’s the answer?

Well, the ideal answer would be for American public schools to change their ways, but that’s probably not going to happen.

 

You see, that kind of change would require that our educational professionals (who for the past 80 years have been engaged in teaching children to do everything BUT sound out the words on the page) stop defending their teaching methods in reading.

 

Is there another answer? 

Yes, there certainly is, and it’s an answer that is Feasible, Affordable, and Reliable!

 

It’s an answer that enables Moms and Dads to take their children FAR beyond 4th grade level reading and to watch their children naturally progress into sounding out words at college level by the time their children graduate from high school. 

 

Does this sound too good to be true?

Well it’s not, and what we propose is soooooooo logical!

 

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program is Systematic 4WAY Phonics at it’s best.

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program includes everything parents need to give their children (and themselves) one-on-one, step-by-step training in phonetic (sounding out) reading.

 

Moms and Dads, your children could be learning to read every word on every page. 

For just $9.97 you can purchase an INSTANT DOWNLOAD of the following Candy 4WAY Phonics Items:

1   An 82-page eBook entitled: How to Teach Candy’s Systematic 4WAY Phonics

2  100 Daily 4WAY Phonics Lessons loaded with rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration for fun learning

3  Candy Story Readers sequenced into the program (after every 5 Daily Phonics Lessons, your child can read a Candy Reader)

4  Colored Alphabet Rhyming Phonics Charts with Multisensory Vowel Helps

5  Colored Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards

6  Colored Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts to give your child a lifetime of phonogram retention.

Interwoven, daily Phonics Drill

8  FREE e-mail coaching

 

It’s simple!           It’s affordable!            It works!

 

As my daughter jokingly says: “I’m gonna say this one more time, and then I’m gonna say it again!”

So here is what I’d like to say, “one more time“!

Moms and Dads, if we don’t do something to fix the reading problem among American School children, then over 1 million illiterate teens will quit school and continue to head for the streets every year! 

One of those teens DOES NOT have to be YOUR child! 

A child who learns to effortlessly sound out every word on every page does not moan and groan when it’s time to read!

Sincerely,

 

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

Your Child Can Struggle in Reading, but that Does Not Mean He Has a Learning Disability, or a Speech Problem, or Dyslexia, or ADHD or ADD!

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Your Child Can Struggle in Reading, but that Does Not Mean He Has a Learning Disability, or a Speech Problem, or Dyslexia, or ADHD or ADD!

This is because so many American reading problems are a direct result of teachers using the wrong reading method to teach reading!

For example, here are ten strategies provided to teachers for their Guided Reading programs:

1) Provide wait time

2) Give prompts or clues

3) Do a “picture walk” and help children “predict” what might happen in

the story.

4) Give encouragement such as: “Try that again.”

5) Ask questions such as: “Does that make sense?”

6) Ask questions such as: “What part of the word do you know?

7) Ask questions such as: “What does the word start with?”

8) Ask questions such as: “Have you ever seen a word that looks like that?

9) Ask questions such as: “Does the picture on the page give you a clue?

10) Allow everyone to “whisper” the entire book to themselves (use PVC whisper phones to help facilitate)

 

OH, MY GOODNESS! WHERE SHOULD I BEGIN?

 

Whenever I review these types of whole language “learning-to-read strategies,” I get more frustrated than an eBay recipient attempting to open a Priority Mail box where the easy-to-open pull strip has been taped over with layers and layers and layers of heavy-duty, two-inch-wide, clear tape.

 

Just like that Priority Mail box, learning to decode words should not be a tightly closed package children struggle to open.

 

It’s as if we desire to give kids everything they need to learn to read except what they really DO need: a step-by-step, proven, systematic 4WAY Phonics Program.

 

Our children should be able to sound out every word on every page. Learning to read should not be a big mystery box that is difficult to open, but that is exactly what our American public school classrooms have turned reading into.

 

Children should not have to do picture walks, guess at a word from its first letter, try to remember a word that looks like the word they’re presently staring at, or decide if their “guess” is correct depending upon whether a word makes sense in the sentence.

 

Children should be able to begin at the beginning of a word and sound out that word effortlessly, from left to right, all the way through to the end of the word. Children do not need all that other strategic, look-n-say, sight-reading hoopla to “figure out” what a word is. Children simply need step-by-step, easy-to-understand, daily training in systematic phonics.

 

Guessing at words is one aspect of whole language strategy. Whole language proponents (and that’s what guided reading advocates are) also claim that children need to learn to read “for meaning.” Therefore, their whole language methods encourage students to look for meaning in the text through different types of whole-language strategies.

 

What’s wrong with this? The dichotomy is between learning to read vs. reading to learn.

 

Certainly, it’s just common sense that students must learn to read every word on every page before they can learn to read for meaning. You can’t have one without the other, and learning to read always needs to come first.

 

So the question now is, What do we mean by reading?

 

You might say, “Well that’s a silly question.” However, with today’s Guided Reading techniques in full swing inside hundreds of thousands of American classrooms, “What do we mean by reading?” really is the big question.

 

And even though we’ve turned reading into a big question, the answer to learning to read is really an easy answer.

 

Reading is when a child can survive in a fast-paced, high-tech American classroom, look at a page of text, effortlessly sound out every word he encounters, gain a basic understanding of what he has read, be able to accurately draw conclusions from the facts given, and comprehensively make inferences from all the details specified.

 

A child who can read should have the ability to read selected text accurately, smoothly, effortlessly, and with appropriate expression and meaning.

 

The fact is that 28 major countries in the world have a higher literacy rate than the United States. In the United States, the total number of functionally illiterate adults increases by approximately 2.25 million every single year. Even more sad, 76 percent of high school students in Detroit schools flunked out this June while other cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston produced dropout rates from 50 to 60 percent.

 

The bottom line is this, if we don’t do something to fix the reading rate of American children, then 1.2 million illiterate teens will continue to hit American streets each year.

 

Moms, Dads, your child does not have to join these statistics. For less than $10 you can change the reading path of your child. If you, too, cannot read, you can learn to read every word on every page as you teach your child to do the same.

 

Please check us out – Candy 4WAY Phonics. It’s a simple, affordable program that can change what “reading” is all about.

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics