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Printable Phonics Readers

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QUESTION: What should a printable systematic phonics reader do for a child?

ANSWER: A systematic phonics reader should show a child what he has already learned, give him extra practice reading phonetically, and prove to the child that he can read. 

QUESTION: So how are Candy 4WAY Phonics Readers different from other story readers?

ANSWER:   Candy 4WAY Phonics Readers  are different from other story readers in 5 BIG ways:

1) Letter sounds and blends contained on the pages of each phonics reader are learned by the child BEFORE he reads the story. For just $9.97, parents are purchasing a COMPLETE Printable Systematic Phonics Curriculum that includes sequenced phonics readers that follow after every five daily phonics lessons (100 systematic phonics lessons – 20 sequenced colored phonics readers). 

2) Candy Story Readers are used after the child has already learned every sound in every word of each reader.  So children are reading stories that they are capable of reading with ease plus a measure of fluency.  Candy readers convince children they are smart, that they are, indeed, learning to read. 

3) Rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration, a key element of many Candy Phonics Readers, makes learning to read more fun!

4) Small stories build into longer stories as children move on to read sentences containing connective words and complex connective words (subordinate clauses, infinitive phrases, and participial phrases.)   Therefore, Candy Phonics Readers, unlike other phonics programs, progress from six pages up to twenty-nine pages depending upon where a child is in his daily phonics lessons

5) Sentences containing varied connective-word sentence openers introduce children to higher level reading abilities (fourth grade reading level and well beyond).  Studies clearly demonstrate that when children DO receive these types of complex sentence structures, they are better able  to express complex ideas, to paint word pictures, and to convey complex relationships.

Click here to read more about Candy Phonics Readers and to skim through Candy Story Reader samples!

Sincerely,  

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics 

Blending letters – Help! My child is having trouble learning to blend letters! Affordable Systematic Phonics Reading Curriculum that Teaches Letter Blending

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Blending Those Letters Together 

Is your child having trouble blending letters? 

Begin by teaching your child the sound represented by all the alphabet letters.

 

When you come to the vowels, teach just short vowel sounds at first.

Don’t worry about the long vowel sounds yet.  A good systematic phonics program such as Candy 4WAY Phonics for just $9.97 will introduce plenty of  practice with short vowel blending.  Long vowels will be taught after your child has become proficient and fluent in blending short-vowel words.

 

Pronounce each letter sound correctly and have your child repeat the sound.

For example, the letter d does not say “duh.”  It says “d.”   

 

To print rhyming flashcards for all the letter sounds, go to http://www.candy4wayphonics.com/free_phonics_stuff.htm

The rhyming flashcards found at this webpage give a picture along with each letter sound to help the child associate and remember what each letter sounds like. Eventually, cover up the pictures so that the child sees only the letters. 

 

Have your child loudly “punch” the vowels when speaking them aloud so that he can easily hear the distinction between their sounds.  Hearing and speaking this distinction is vital!

 

After your child can accurately repeat all the letter sounds without the use of pictures, he is ready to blend a beginning consonant with a vowel.

 

Using what teachers call “blend ladders,”teach your child to blend two letters together in one of two ways:

 

 

1) Using a pointer, point to the beginning consonant letter, have your child say the consonant sound, and then blend that consonant sound into the vowel sound.

 

or

 

2) Using a pointer, point to the vowel first and have your child repeat the vowel.  Then, using a pointer, take your child back to the beginning consonant sound and blend that consonant sound into the vowel sound (see illustration in blue – below)

 

Either way, be sure and use a pointer (the point of a pencil will work fine). Use the pointer to focus your child’s eyes where you want them to be focused

 

When blending a consonant with a vowel, sweep the pointer under the consonant and then under both the consonant and the vowel at the same time your child blends the two letters together. Move your pointer slightly faster than the child pronounces the blend. 

 

Some children pick up blending right away while others may learn gradually over an extended period of time (days, weeks, or months.), and others suddenly “get it” when you least expect it.

 

The key is to present that very first blending lesson every day, twice a day, calmly and patiently always presenting that very first blending lesson as if it’s the first time you’ve ever given the lesson.  Your goal is to convince your child he is smart and to give him the time he needs to “catch on” to blending, no matter how long that takes.  This one skill, blending, will make the difference in your child’s reading abilities for the rest of his life!

 

Once your child has learned to blend two letters, he will be ready to tack on a third consonant letter in order to read three-letter, short-vowel words.

 

After that, he will need to go through a systematic phonics program that will carry him step-by-step through plenty of practice reading short vowel words that begin with single consonants and then on to short vowel words that begin with consonant digraphs. He’ll also need that phonics program to help him through long-vowel sounds and then through all the other phonograms.

 

I guarantee you, the most affordable systematic, step-by-step phonics program out there is Candy 4WAY Phonics for just $9.97.  Why spend $200 or $300 on a phonics curriculum, when you can spend just $9.97 and receive a COMPLETE Step-by-step, fun Phonics Curriculum that includes everything?   Just look at what you’ll receive in printable format as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD that you can use as often as you like for as many children as you need:

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

2)  100 Daily, step-by-step 4WAY Phonics Lessons loaded with fun rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration

3)  Candy Sequenced Story Readers interwoven into the daily lessons 

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.

7)  Continuous Daily Phonics Drill

      FREE e-mail coaching

In addition, for just $10 more, you can receive this same COMPLETE Phonics Program on computer CD-Rom that includes an Audio CD where you can hear every letter and every word and every sentence read aloud for all 100 Daily Phonics Lessons. 

 

Candy 4WAY Phonics is:  Parent/friendly    Affordable    Printable    and     It Works! 

Sincerely,  

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics www.candy4wayphonics.com  

P.S. Candy 4WAY Phonics also offers affordable, printable phonics games to further help  children learn CV blends and CVC words.  Did you know that 62% of the English language is made up of short vowel words and syllables (CVC words and syllables)? 

Teaching Preschoolers to Read – Preschool Phonics Lesson Plans – Teach Preschoolers to Phonemic Awareness and How to Blend Letters

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One of the goals for Candy 4WAY Phonics is to make certain that today’s Parents and Teachers have what it takes to get phonemic awareness systematic phonics skills into our children as early as possible.

 

Phonemic awareness is an ability children develop that enables them to recognize individual sounds inside words by using both their ears and their eyes. It’s the ability to hear, identify and manipulate the individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. 

 

Phonological awareness begins to develop during the preschool years.  Unless children are given help from parents, teachers or other adults , those children with lower levels of phonological awareness will continue to be delayed in this skill from the late preschool period forward. 

 

Researchers have found that phonemic awareness and letter sound knowledge (not the names of the letters but the sounds that the letters stand for), are very clear-cut school entry predictors of how well children will learn to read during their first two years of reading instruction  (Share, Jorm, Matthews & Maclean). 

 

Moreover, the necessity to gain subsequent left/right letter-sound blending skills can only follow after a child has a strong handle on Phonemic Awareness.   

 

QUESTION:  Could you repeat in layman’s terms exactly why phonemic awareness and early systematic phonics preschool training are so helpful for 3 and 4 year old children?

 

ANSWER: Many times, 1st through 4th grade children have difficulty with phonics instruction because they did not develop early phonemic awareness skills and subsequent letter sound blending skills during their preschool or kindergarten years.

 

For example, did you know that approximately 62% of the English language is made up of short-vowel words and syllables? So learning to fluently sound out three-letter, short-vowel words (CVC words) gives children an immediate head start in reading!

 

Yet, so very many children start out first grade attempting to read three-letter words (CVC Words) but fail miserably because:

1) They don’t know where to begin reading a word.
2)
They cannot distinguish between the vowel sounds.
3)
They cannot distinguish between the three individual sounds in the word.
4) They have not been given enough exposure and practice mastering letter sounds, learning to blend two-letter sounds, and learning to blend three-letter words.

 

As a result, these children are given failing grades in reading early on.

 

Many of these children develop self-image problems that mostly likely would not have occurred if only they had received ALL THE BUILDING BLOCKS to systematic phonetic reading.

 

QUESTION: So what is included in the Candy 4WAY Phonics Preschool Systematic Phonics Package for 3 and 4 year old children?

 

ANSWER: Candy’s 4WAY Phonics Preschool Systematic Phonics Package for 3 and 4 year old children includes all of the following for just $7.97:

 1) Candy’s 31 Multisensory LARGE A to Z Flashcards/Wall Cards (with multisensory vowel helps) 

 2) Candy’s 82-page eBook:  How to Teach Candy’s Systematic 4WAY Phonics  

 3) How to Follow Candy’s 4WAY Phonics Preschool Program 

 4) Multisensory Vowel Helps to teach preschoolers to distinguish between the vowel sounds 

 5) Rhyming Alphabet Phonics Charts that carry a child right up to the Daily Preschool 4WAY Phonics Lessons 

 6) 25 Step-by-step Daily 4WAY Phonics Preschool Lessons – Click here to see samples of our Preschool Step-bystep Daily Phonics Lessons. 

 7) Sequenced Preschool Lesson Drill Sheets to provide continuous review  

 8) A Preschooler’s First Reader 

 9) Farmer Dan’s Critters Games are included with the Preschool Package (these two games lead children through 3-letter, short vowel words and are also sold separately) 

10) Achievement Awards Certificates  

 

After completing the Candy 4WAY Phonics Preschool Package, preschool children will be “way ahead of the game.”

 

Having gained the skills to sound out 3-letter, short vowel words, preschoolers will be ready to begin the SECOND level of the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program that will take them all the way through 4th grade and higher reading level.

 

Click Here to read more about this fabulous Preschool Systematic 4WAY Phonics INSTANT DOWNLOAD Printable and Non-Consummable Program for just $7.97.   

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics