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Help! My Older Child Cannot Read Anymore!

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Help!

 

My Older Child

 

is Struggling to Read!

 

He used to read,

 

and now he can’t.

 

 

Dads, Moms, are you questioning why your child is doing so poorly in reading in junior high or in high school when he started out getting such great grades in reading in elementary school? 

 

First of all, I want you to know that this is NOT uncommon.  In fact, this is extremely common because our public school children are learning to read using the sight-word method instead of learning to read using the intensive phonics method. Thus, they are not learning to read at all; they are learning to memorize and literally guess at words.

 

You see, today, children in our public schools are literally taught reading by memorizing one WHOLE word at a time.  They are NOT learning to sound out the words on that page. 

 

Oh, they may sometimes know the first letter sound in a word, and they may sometimes know the last letter sound in a word, but they have NO CLUE about the sounds inbetween the first and the last letters in the word because they’ve NEVER been taught that they need to know those sounds.

 

Rather, they’ve been taught TO GUESS at what each word is by whatever part of the word they do recognize (if any part) along with the context of the rest of the words in the sentence or by the picture on the page.

 

Guessing is NOT reading.

Real reading involves

sounding out words.

 

Guessing at words and calling it reading is absolutely one of the most ridiculous cruel lies that has ever been told to parents and students and even teachers.  Moreover, our precious children can only guess at just so many words before they become COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED with guessing at the ENDLESS numbers of words in the English language.

 

Yes, Mom, Dad, if you’ve been reading along up to this point, you probably have already guessed what the problem is! Namely, that by the time your child hit junior high or high school, the words in his textbook get to be a great deal longer and more complicated and more unfamiliar and, therefore, much, much, much, much harder “to remember.” 

All of sudden,

the guessing game

becomes the game

a kid hates. 

 

That’s what happens after the fourth grade.  Your child consistently, day in and day out, comes across words that he DOESN’T KNOW, and HAS NEVER SEEN before, and that can scare a child right out of the desire to want to read anything.

 

As a result, after the fourth grade, almost every child that has not learned how to sound out words phonetically will begin to “shut down” in his attempts to read.  In addition, as your child gets into books with a much bigger and less “repetitive” vocabulary, the reading struggle become TOO MUCH OF A STRUGGLE. 

 

Today, older children who once were very good readers in the first, second, third and fourth grades are becoming POOR READERS who are NOW struggling to learn ENDLESS NUMBERS OF WORDS from sight (from guessing or from the shape of the word etc.)

 

Sadly, as discovered by Kathryn Diehl (Director of the Research, Reading Reform Foundation), those older children have given up trying to “read” their assignments and have learned, instead, to listen to the teacher and to attempt to remember what was said so they can give back the information on tests.  They are using their textbooks as little as possible.

 

So what can a parent do to help their child?  Moms, Dads, you can give your child what he needed in the first place – the chance to learn how to sound out every word on every page using step-by-step systematic phonics lesson.

 

The good news is, it isn’t going to cost you an arm or a leg. You can purchase a $300 program in INSTANT DOWNLOAD form for just $9.97. The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum includes everything your child will need to learn to sound out every word on every page.  

 

Fortunately, you can do that by spending less that $10 from your pocketbook and by spending right around 30 minutes a day from your daily schedule.  Trust me, it WILL BE worth your money and your time, because reading creates successful students and successful students grow up to responsible, hard working, well-paid citizens of the United States. 

Isn’t that what you want for your child?  Don’t you want your junior high or high school or even college child to know how to read every word on every page so that he can be successful in school?

 

Check us out: www.candy4wayphonics.com.

 

Here’s the bottom line. If you’re wondering why your older child cannot read anymore, it’s because he needed phonics when he first learned how to read; and he still does. Phonics will change everything! 

Dads, Moms, start your child over again.  Give him what he’s needed all along.  Sure they’re little kids lessons, so joke around about them and have fun with them in the privacy of your own kitchen table.  

Do it!  Enable your older child to read.

 

Sincerely, 

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

P.S. Don’t forget to read the true phonics story of  little Candy. 

Spelling with Ziplock Bags and Magnetic Letters!

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Magnetic Letters

 

Inside Zip Lock Bags

 

Can Make a HUGE difference

 

For Learning to Sound Out Words!

 

 

Zip Lock bags and magnetic letters work wonders for teaching kids how to spell phonetically, especially when followed up with reading the word and writing the word that was placed inside the bag.

 

Phonetically spelling words is so important,  and the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum for just $9.97 is helping parents teach their children to read thousands of words by sounding them out.

In addition to our many affordable phonics materials, we really enjoy finding hands-on ways to introduce phonetic concepts to children.  Spelling and sounding out words always go together, so I’m delighted to share this zip bag technique with you because it really, really works!

 

A simple approach like this can make all the difference in the world in how well a child learns:

1)    A spelling rule

2)    How to apply that rule when approaching a word

3)    How to picture a word

4)    How to arrange that word

5)    How to sound out and write that word

6)    How to hear and sound out that word from dictation.

Here’s how it works:

  • Look ahead at your child’s reading lesson that day.

  • Count and write down the words that you know he’ll struggle with.

  • Now, on the outside of the zip lock bags you’ll be using, label with a black magic marker a number on the outside of each bag. For example, if you have 5 words, then you’ll have 5 zip lock bags numbered 1 thru 5.

  • Write or type the words on a separate sheet of paper in the order you desire to introduce them to your child.

  • Place the magnetic letters for each one of those words in the zip-lock bag labeled with the number you desire for that word (one bag per word).

  • Now get out your magnetic board and hand the zip lock bag to your child. Have your child pour out the letters and place them randomly up on the magnetic board.

  • Tell your child the word, and have him spell the word with the letters he has placed up on the magnetic board. Help him sound out each word as he spells it with the magnetic letters. Make sure you tell him that he has to use ALL the letters in the bag.

  • Next, have him copy the word either on a dry erase board or a chalkboard or in a pan of salt if you think that would be fun.

  • Now, erase that word. Put the letters back into their bag, and go on to the second word in the zip bags while following the same procedure. Introduce all the zipped bags of words in the same manner.

  • When you’re all done, dictate each word to your child (one at a time) and have him write out each word with a pencil or on a dry erase board or on a chalk board (this time he’ll need to sound out the word from memory, so don’t hesitate to help him if he needs the help. You want him to spell the word correctly so that the first time he sees his own writing of that word, he’s looking at the correct spelling of the word).

  • Finally, take him into the reading lesson. Sounding out those “words to watch for” should now prove to be a tad easier for him.

 

Have fun with this – phonetically spelling words is supposed to be fun to learn!

If you need to break this whole plan up into two or three sessions – do it!

 

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

P.S. Don’t forget to read Candy’s True Phonics Story!