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Poor Reading Skills Often Cause Poor Math Skills! Can Your Child “Reason”?

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Poor reading skills

 

result in

 

poor reasoning skills

 

and that means

 

poor grades

 

in all areas of

 

learning,

 

including math

 

word problems.

 

 

Why is this?

 

Children use their reading skills to organize facts in order to “reason.” When children reason, they collect and organize the facts they read and they draw conclusions based upon what they perceive those facts are telling them.

Many times, children are required to come up with their own personal researched opinions in response to questions that have no single correct answer.  This is called “making inferences.”   However, when children are not capable of consistently reading what’s on the page, then drawing conclusions or making inferences in any given area of study, will affect their grades.

QUESTION: What is “reasoning,” and how often are children expected to reason?

ANSWER: Reasoning is when children learn to think clearly and efficiently in a given academic area. Reasoning is expected of children as soon as they enter any area of study. It is one of the most valuable tools children need to succeed in school .  Reasoning is when a child must draw a conclusion based upon the facts presented or make an inference based upon the facts that are given coupled with the facts that are not given.  Inferences require reasoning skills, and reasoning skills require that a child be able to read all the words on the page.

Children must be able to read accurately and fluently in order to:

a)  compare and contrast

b) determine cause and effect

c) detect particular perspectives

d) understand an exact logic

e) reach conclusions

f) develop personal inferences based upon the reasoning they’ve used.

The following is a breakdown of how children are expected to reason in various school subjects.

Social Studies – Children read an assignment in social studies, and they use their reasoning to answer certain questions:

Is this culture like mine?

Is this government apt to succeed?

How are the people of this culture different from the people in my culture?

Would I enjoy living in this culture?

Math – Children read a story problem in math, and then use their reasoning to answer certain questions:

How many are they talking about?

How are the different areas of this problem interrelated?

What is the question asking for?

Have I learned any part of this concept before and can I use that information to help me solve this particular problem?

Science – Children read an assignment in science, and they use their reasoning to answer certain questions:

How do the facts in this experiment depend upon each other?

How do the concepts presented in this lesson relate with the concepts I have already learned?

Why was my answer to this science question marked wrong?

Do I believe that the facts presented could supply long term disadvantages or advantages for our society?

Literature – Children read an assignment in literature, and they use their reasoning to answer certain questions:

Does this story take place in the past? If so, are the verbs in this story in the past tense?

In what point of view is this story presented?

How are the descriptions of the characters in this story relevant to the plot?

What and where is the conflict presented in this story?

Given the same circumstances, how would I respond if I were the character in the story?

 


Success in

every academic area

depends largely upon

a child’s ability

to accurately and fluently

read all the words

in the assignment.

 

A child must be able to read an assignment with accuracy and fluency before he can connect and relate the facts presented.

If a child cannot read his assignments accurately, easily, and fluently, then he’s going to eventually hate reading and he’s going to eventually hate school.

Likewise,  if a child cannot read his math word problems accurately, easily, and fluently, then he’s going to eventually hate math and he’s going to eventually hate school.

He is going to believe he is dumb; and you can count on it, he’s going to choose companions who also believe they are dumb. What a child believes about himself will dictate his future choices.

In fact, Lesley Morrow, the Past-President of the International Reading Association, unreservedly made the statement that there are certain states in our country that plan or project their future prison cell space based upon the early reading scores of their children. Indiana and California are just two examples of states who base the number of new prison cells that will be needed upon the early literacy skills of their students.

Dr. Grover (Russ) Whitehurst, the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences, and an Assistant Secretary of Education with the U.S. Department of Education under the Bush administration tells us the following:  “… we have from thirty-eight to forty percent of children not reading at the basic level at fourth grade. That means they are unable to deal with age appropriate written text and understand the text or make reasonable inferences from what they’ve read in the text. We know that children who have that sort of difficulty reading in fourth grade, without extraordinary help, are going to continue to have real difficulties down the road…it flows into other subject matters, the ability to finish school, the likelyhood that they will drop out, their potential for life success, getting a good job. So, while in some sense we’re doing well in reading and some of our students read very well, I think it’s simply intolerable that so many children have not got it by fourth grade and all of the negative consequences that flow from that really are a national crisis, something that has to be addressed by the federal government.”

Dr. Grover also tells us that “the predictability of reading for life success is so strong, that if you look at the proportion of middle schoolers who are not at the basic level, who are really behind in reading, it is a very strong predictor of problems with the law and the need for jails down the line.”  Grover goes on to say that, “People who don’t read well have trouble earning a living. It becomes attractive to, in some cases the only alternative in terms of gaining funds, to violate the law and steal, to do things that get you in trouble. Few options in some cases other than to pursue that life. Of course reading opens doors.”

Moms, Dads, let’s face the facts.  Early reading skills predict future academic ability as well as future employment success.    All the excuses in the world that we give for why a child cannot read are not going to change that fact.

The absence of adequate reading skills for a child is a forerunner, a most definite indication to parents and teachers, that they should expect continuous educational difficulties in other subject areas from that child.

Children do not

outgrow reading problems.

Reading problems

create bigger problems!

 

The solution is simple: parents can teach their own children how to read.  For just $9.97 you can purchase an entire, step-by-step, COMPLETE Systematic Phonics Curriculum.

 

DON’T GIVE UP!

YOUR CHILD

CAN LEARN TO READ

AND RAISE HIS GRADES!

 

1) Your child can learn to read every word on every page!

2) You can receive the COMPLETE Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD including step-by-step instructions, 100 easy-to-follow daily phonics lessons, phonics readers, rhyming phonics charts, rhyming phonics flashcards, phonics drill, multisensory vowel helps, and free email coaching — all for just $9.97.

3) You will need to spend just 20 to 30 minutes a day to reap the reward of watching your child learn to sound out all the words on the page.

Check it out:  Candy 4WAY Phonics

I’m certain you’ll be glad you did!

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

Teach an Older Child to Read – Teach an Older Child Phonics – Teach a Struggling Reader How to Read the Whole Page

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Mom, Dad, are you grieved

because your older son

or daughter

cannot read? 

 

Does your child fail tests? 

Does he struggle to understand what he reads? 

Are you tired of school conferences that get you nowhere? 

Does your child groan or even cry when you ask him to read? 

Do you feel that you’re the only one in your child’s life who really cares? 

 

Indeed, you might be

the only one

who really cares;

and that’s exactly why

you need to know

that your child

can learn to read

every word

on every page! 

 

DON’T GIVE UP!   

THERE IS AN ANSWER!   

YOUR CHILD CAN LEARN TO READ EVERYTHING!

 

HERE ARE THREE PIECES OF GREAT NEWS!  

1) Your child can learn to read every word on every page!

 

2) You can receive the COMPLETE Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD including step-by-step instructions, 100 easy-to-follow daily phonics lessons, phonics readers, rhyming phonics charts, rhyming phonics flashcards, phonics drill, multisensory vowel helps, and free email coaching — all for just $9.97.

 

3) You will need to spend just 20 to 30 minutes a day to reap the reward of watching your child learn to sound out all the words on the page.

 

In addition, while your child is learning to sound out every word he encounters, the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum will also be building him into reading more and more complex sentences.  Look at the following progression of sentences as they grow in complexity throughout the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program

Dad is sad.  Mom is red.  Ken got a jet.  Kim is in bed.

 

As Mr. Bent did bask in the sun, Big Bug bit his back!  He bit it in fun!

 

Red and white candy canes taste so good. I would tape them to my shirt, if only I could.

 

Rowdy the hound is the chat of the town. He can chow down on brown bones by the hour.  He can slouch on the couch and munch prime ribs ‘till dark, and slurp grapes that are oh, so sour!

 

“Yes!” said Marcie’s teacher. “If we make out a plan to go and read it to Mr. Clay, we would not be bending any of our school rules.  We could go fishing and reel in a big catch.”

 

I saw a crawfish all long and all red, crawling over a rock in a swampy riverbed.
Its claws were so awesome!  It had ten scrawny legs.  So I picked up that crawfish and gave it to Peg.

 

It was a beautiful Saturday morning to jog, and the bright, green hue on the grass was still wet and glistening. As Katie flew across the countryside, she spotted only a few patches of mud, though a hard rain had beaten down upon the earth earlier that morning. Worried thoughts from the evening before were still brewing in the back of Katie’s brain, but she resolved to just ignore them.

 

Just as quickly, both girls recognized little Cole Glover. Cole was snuggled into a tire swing that swayed back and forth on one of the big branches of the old willow tree that stood proudly in the Andersons’ backyard. The tree’s long, golden branches hung almost down to the ground creating a cozy canopy of shade from the bright morning sunlight.

 

Douglas Delay had developed technology that could only be understood by the F.B.I. His automobile was under investigation, but, as yet, no one had traced Doug’s whereabouts or knew of the delivery date for the resources he carried. The extent that his enemies would go through to secure that valuable information could only be interpreted by his most loyal friend, Eddy Exit, otherwise, known as: “The Envelope Man.” 

 

This was not just a neon sign, it was a symbol of hope.  This was a marker designed to manifest beauty, culture, achievement, and reward to a struggling Appalachian mining town. These hard-working people would now be able to link their children and their grandchildren together by connecting them with the discovery and delight of classical music.

 

 

HOW DOES A CHILD BUILD INTO MORE COMPLEX SENTENCES?

 

Well, here is the progression of the sounding-out skills taught in the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program:

 

First, all the individual letter sounds are taught (not the names of the letters but the sounds that the letters stand for).

 

Second, a student learns how to blend a beginning consonant with a vowel from left to right such as:  ba  le  fi

 

Third,  a student begins to blend together three or four-letter words with a short vowel from left to right such as:  bed  can  fill  bend  raft  lint

 

Fourth, a student learns to blend together four-letter words with a short vowel that begin with a digraph such as: bl  pl  st  tr  sw  sm  sc from left to right and onto words beginning with combinations such as:  spr  spl scr  str

 

Fifth, a student learns how to blend together four and five-letter words containing long vowel combinations such as:   oa  ee  ea  ay  ie along with silent e words such as: cake  pale  crane

 

Sixth, a student gradually builds into more and more complex words –  words with multiple syllables that contain all the rest of the phonograms such as:

aw  -ing  ough  oo  ear  eigh  -dge  -tion  and  pro-  de-  -ious   ear   -tain   eau

 

With the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program, your child will build from sounding out all the individual letter sounds into mastering how to sound out 152 different phonogram sounds. 

 

Your student will gain these skills daily, step-by-step, mastering one step before proceeding to another, with easy-to-learn, fun, daily 4WAY Phonics lessons, readers, flashcards, charts, and continuous phonics review.  In addition, your child will learn the basic spelling rules as they naturally surface within the daily phonics lessons.  

 

Doesn’t your child deserve to know how to read.  Doesn’t your child deserve to know how to sound out every word on every page for the rest of his life

Moms, Dads, you can give your child those vital, reading skills for just $9.97.  Or if you prefer, for just $10 more, you can purchase a computer CD-Rom version of the program where you can actually hear every letter and every word and every sentence read aloud in every one of the 100 daily phonics lesson. 

 

Check us out – Candy 4WAY Phonics!  We guarantee, we’re The Best Phonics Bargain in Town

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

If My Child Can’t Read, is He Learning Disabled?

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It Happened Again.

 

You Saw the Report Card.

 

He’s Below Average in Reading.

 

You’re worried. You don’t know what to think. You don’t know what to do.  

 

You want to trust the teacher when she says, “Wait a while!”

 

However, you don’t trust that “waiting awhile” is really going to do the trick.  

 

Your child is getting older every year, not younger, and that window of opportunity to learn to sound out words is quickly slipping away.

You see more and more of these types of comments on your child’s report card:

Your child has difficulty distinguishing sounds in words.
Your child needs to increase his speed and comprehension in reading.
Your child is not able to blend short words using the vowels without assistance.
Your child is not learning to attack words independently.
Your child’s reading is jerky, hesitant,irregular, slow.
Your child does not comprehend what she reads.
Your child is not interested in books or reading.
Your child cannot read to follow directions.

Or Your child brings home notes that say any of the following:

Your child cannot recognize sight words.
Your child needs a lot of repetition and practice in order to retain reading vocabulary.
Your child still confuses words that look alike.
Your child’s reading is not yet automatic.
Your child cannot read his sentences back.
Your child has difficulty distinguishing sounds in words.
Your child has not developed a mature reading vocabulary.
Your child confuses sounds.
Your child has difficulty remembering the spelling of non-phonetic words.
Your child cannot spell.

  

 So what’s next? How are you supposed to know what to do?

  

 I know this may sound trite, but have you tried systematic phonics?

  

 I’m not talking about the type of phonics that the teacher is telling you that your child is “already getting.”

  

I’m not talking about the type of reading instruction that teaches your child to memorize whole words from a word wall and then throws in a little bit of phonics.

  

I’m talking about systematic, phonics first, step-by-step phonics – the kind of phonics that does not force children to memorize hundreds of whole words from the Dolch Sight Word List.

 

I’m speaking about the kind of phonics that was still around when all the John Boy Walton’s were growing up.

  

It’s a fact, children who lived just prior to and through the Great Depression learned to read using a systematic, phonics-first curriculum in which they learned all their letter sounds, vowel sounds, and every other possible phonogram, and then they learned to blend all those letter sounds together , from left to right, in every word on every page.

 

Those were children who did not have to guess at words because they knew how to easily sound out words they had never seen before?

 

Well, you say, “phonics curriculums are fine for those parents who can afford them, but I don’t have $200 to $300 to spend for lessons and charts and readers and flashcards.”

 

The folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics understand this dilemma, and that’s exactly why we offer a Systematic 4WAY Phonics Curriculum that includes everything the high-priced phonics curriculums include such as: daily, fun, systematic phonics lessons, phonics charts, phonics readers, phonics drill, phonics flashcards, and so much more for less than $10.

 

 

That’s correct! Don’t let the price fool you! You really will receive all of the above for just $9.97.

 

 

To learn more about a COMPLETE and soooooooo affordable systematic 4WAY phonics curriculum that enables parents to teach their children, age 4 through Grade 4, to sound out words using a systematic, step-by-step, easy-to-understand, fun 4WAY Phonics curriculum, click here.

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com