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Choosing the Best Phonics Curriculum – Are All Phonics Programs the Same?

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ONCE A CHILD LEARNS TO READ, he can learn anything he needs to know.  So when a homeschool mom or dad looks for a phonics curriculum, they’re usually looking for a phonics curriculum that:  

1)    really and truly works

2)    uses a method with long-lasting, life-long results

3)    carries a child from preschool phonics all the way through 4th grade reading level and higher

4)    enables parents who have never learned phonics to teach phonics to their own child

5)    includes both lessons and readers

6)    is affordable

7)    is easy to teach

8)    is fun for a child to learn on a daily basis

9)    is easy to purchase

10) includes great customer reviews

 

 

Are all phonics programs the same?  Absolutely not! So how would a parent know if a reading program works?  What should that reading program do?

 

A good reading program should be based upon systematic phonics, and it should enable a child to learn to sound out every word on every page. A good reading program should not leave a child guessing at words or feeling as if his reading lessons are daily, large, dreaded mystery boxes that are painful to open.   

 

Are there different phonics methods presented in different phonics curriculums?   

Oh yes!  What’s more, the way in which children initially learn to approach words can make a world of difference later as they approach more and more multi-syllable and complex words and sentence structures. 

There are basically four phonics approaches on the market.  Candy 4WAY Phonics has chosen #4 below for some very good reasons.   

1. Word Family Approach

Children are taught to read beginning with linguistic phonics.  Linguistic phonics teaches word-family endings and then changes the beginning consonant sounds at the beginning of those endings to form three-letter words.  For example, the children will learn the sound of -at and then they will practice several -at words such as bat, cat, sat, and pat.  However, this method skips vital synthetic phonics instruction, it skips teaching a proper left-right reading sequence, and it skips teaching children how to distinctly differentiate between the vowel sounds.   It places all of its emphases on groups of letters contained at the end of words.   

With the Word Family Approach, a child hears the word pronounced in a left to right order, but he “sees” the word from an incorrect right to left order.  This can later cause confusion when children approach longer, multi-syllable words.  In fact, this can actually cause some children to see with a “dyslexia” tendency when they are really not dyslexic at all.     

 

2. The Word Family Approach presented Inside Little Reading Books

With this approach, word families are not drilled but presented in sentences inside little story books.  The story books often lack real story content, never move past “predictable” sentence structures, and offer pages such as:

Chad is sad.  Today, he does not wish to play.

Chad will nap today.

Mom sees Chad is sad.

Mom will get Chad to play.

Thus, children do not learn that reading is fun and interesting, and because of the repetitive phrases used in the stories, children learn to anticipate words rather than to approach and sound out words.   In addition, these reading programs start out at prices of $250 and higher. 

  

3. The Guided Reading Approach used in Public School Classroom across America.

This  approach insists that children memorize hundreds of whole words and then mixes all of that ridiculous memorization with a tiny bit of salt and pepper, embedded phonics.  It convinces children that words can be “figured out” or “guessed” by following little “clues.” Children do not ever learn to blend sounds together in words. 

This method doesn’t work, it leaves children guessing at words, it is not thorough , and it is the main reason why illiteracy has flourished in this nation since the 1950’s.   

 

4.  Beginning Consonant/Short Vowel Approach  – The (CV and CVC) Approach

With this method, children are taught to blend an initial consonant with a short vowel.  They practice saying all the short vowels sounds with one consonant at a time. For example, ba- be- bi- bo- bu. After this is mastered, consonants are added to form three-letter, short-vowel words. 

Children learn to master and “punch” the short vowel sounds first, then the long vowel sounds, and then the schwa vowel sound, thus giving children a solid foundation in the three distinct ways to pronounce vowels.  All three phonics approaches are used: synthetic, linguistic and analytic, and these phonetic approaches are presented in a sequence that produces lasting and lifelong sounding-out skills.    

The CV/CVC Method takes a tad bit longer in the beginning because it “builds” children into three-letter, short-vowel words, but children also gain a proper left-right reading sequence,

How does the CV/CVC approach begin? 

First, a child is shown an initial consonant in isolation and taught its sound.

Second, a child learns the short vowel sounds. 

Third, a child begins his blending skills by blending the consonant sound together with the vowel sound before adding the next consonant. There is no way for the child to go except from left to right, and with enough practice, he will gain an automatic left to right reading habit!  

With the CV-CVC approach, daily lessons are mastered before goingon to the next lesson.  The lessons use a combination of synthetic, linguistic and analytic phonics.  Children proceed to learn every possible phonogram and blend, reading from left to right, and proceed all the way through a 4th grade reading level and higher.   

 

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum uses Method 4 above, the (CV and CVC) Approach, but Candy’s Phonics also adds another fun approach entitled R’sA Phonics (rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration).  This is because at Candy 4WAY Phonics, we desire that homeschooling families receive a solid, phonetic/reading curriculum that is both easy to teach and fun to use but that is also thorough, encouraging children to master one lesson before proceeding to the next and not to quit until they have mastered every possible sound within words

 

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum begins by teaching what each of the vowels sound like as individual letters. Children build into three-letter, short vowel words and go on from mastering short vowel words on to long vowel words, and continuing through all the rest of the phonograms as they are presented in daily phonics lessons and sequenced readers (readers presented after every five daily lessons).   

Moreover, a child’s daily phonics lessons include only words, sentences and stories that contain letters, blends, and phonograms he has already mastered in previous lessons.  As a result, children learn both sounding-out skills and fluency skills and are eventually able to sound out every word on every page.

 

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum is available to anyone, anywhere on the globe, in printable, non-consumable format for just $9.97.   

 

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum is an easy to teach, step-by-step COMPLETE systematic phonics program.  It begins a child as young as 4 years old with synthetic, phonetic letter sounding and blending and carries that child all the way through every possible phonogram and blend he’ll ever need to know for the rest of his life.  In addition, it presents spelling rules throughout its 100 phonics lessons.  For just $10 more, parents can receive the entire curriculum on CD-Rom including an Audio CD-Rom in which they can hear every letter and every word and every sentence read aloud for all 100 lessons, eliminating all the guesswork. 

 

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum is loaded with fun rhyming, alliterative, and rhythmic sentences and stories that eventually give way to 3rd and 4th grade excerpts, poems and other materials containing connective words and varied sentence openers

 

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum includes 100 daily, step-by-step phonics lessons, 20 story readers with real story content, rhyming alphabet phonics charts, continuous phonics drill and review, rhyming phonics flashcards that enable children to advance from single letter sounds to two and three letter blends, one-syllable words, and multi-syllable words. It also includes rhyming Lifetime Phonics Charts that enable children to remember all the sounds they’ve learned for the rest of their lives

 

Candy 4WAY Phonics encourages children to master the distinct short and long vowel sounds, phonogram sounds, and blends until they can fluently read through sentences containing words that make up both simple and complex sentence patterns. 

 

Candy 4WAY Phonics comes as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD that includes lessons, charts, flashcards, and readers that moms can “print as they go.” The curriculum is set up this way to give homeschooling parents a complete phonics curriculum that is both affordable and non-consumableparents can purchase the program just once and use it to teach all of their children how to read.

 

Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, check us out.  Read what others are saying about this affordable, thorough, systematic 4WAY Phonics Curriculum. 

 

And if you haven’t read the true story of little Candy, please take the time to do so.  It’s a great story! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4WAYphonics.com

 

Illiteracy in America! Hello to a Nation Where 7 Million Americans Cannot Read!

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There was once a REAL little girl named Candy who struggled in reading. 

However, Candy CAN read now!  She can read every word on every page!

YOUR CHILD CAN LEARN TO READ, TOO!

Read Candy’s TRUE STORY at:  www.candy4wayphonics.com

It’s Second Semester, and Thousands of Older Children are Still Struggling to Read!

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PARENTS,

Teaching your older child to read is NOT difficult! 

 

Your time in teaching, however, must include:

1)  a 20 to 30 minute, step-by-step, reading lesson each day 

2) a proven, affordable systematic 4WAY Phonics program.

Let’s face it, you wouldn’t be reading this page if your older child had learned to read every word on every page, and that is what every parent should desire for their child. Indeed, you might be the only one who really cares that your child is struggling to read, and that’s exactly why you need to know that your older child CAN learn to read every word on every page!

 

Very soon, in these next few months , thousands of American parents will discover that their little third or fourth grade child is struggling to read his school textbooks.

 

It is also quite possible that this is the first time these parents have become aware that their little guy or gal cannot read every word on every page. Sadly, this is because many of these parents have been led to believe that based upon a normal bell curve, their child has been doing “just fine” in reading.

 

The only problem is, NOW, these young ones are in the third or fourth grade, they are expected to read lessons from higher level textbooks and answer comprehension questions, and they are struggling to read every word on the page and to make total sense of the facts given in each paragraph.

 

You see, it’s a fact that most of our students today are learning to read using Look/n/Say, Whole Word methods, methods that are mixed with just enough phonics to make everyone believe that our students are learning to decode all the words on the page.

 

Unfortunately, what little 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 contained on 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!

 

According to Sebastian Wren, a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas, a competent reader (and that would be a reader who has learned to decode words by sounding them out from left to right) has a reading vocabulary of around 50,000 words.

 

However, Dr. Wren goes on to tell us that children who have been taught to read using Look/n/Say, Whole Word methods are only capable of memorizing a maximum of 5,000 words. According to Rudolph Flesch, author of Why Johnny Can’t Read, that maximum number is more in the neighborhood of 2,000 words.

 

Many educators today are completely unaware of the fact that the difference between a sight-reader and an intensive 4WAY Phonics reader can be seen by the comparison of how many words each type of reader can decode at the end of his/her fourth grade school year

 

By the end of third grade, the sight reader will be able to read 1,216 words and by the end of fourth grade, 1,554 words.  In comparison, by the end of third grade, the intensive 4WAY Phonics reader will be able to read an estimated 30,000 words (approximately the same number of words that are in his spoken vocabulary) and by the end of fourth grade, 40,000 words or higher!

 

Older students struggling to read, students who are victims of Look/n/Say, Whole Word reading techniques where children are asked to memorize numerous whole words from Word Walls and to search for “clues” to “figure out” what a word “might be” are children who, as a result of WRONG reading methods, have lost their self-esteem, have developed a fear of reading, and have experienced far too many situations where reading either silently to themselves or reading aloud in front of others has made them feel “dumb.”

 

Folks, this is an appalling situation!

It shouldn’t be taking place!

Nevertheless, this reading crisis for so many of our older children is happening!

 

THE GOOD NEWS, however, is: 

a) Parents can change these outcomes for their own child.

b) Parents can teach their own children to read every word on every page, and for less than $10.

c) Parents can raise their child’s self-esteem from bad to great.

d) Parents can take away their older child’s fear of reading.

 

Bruce Price, a novelist, author, and English Literature Honors Graduate from Princeton University sums up this dreadful whole-word reading process when he states:

“For the victims of Whole Word, every word is just a pile of sticks, a random assortment of scratches going in different directions…Similarly, a person literate in English knows that “busy” is a word but “bsuy” is probably a typo. A Whole Word victim sees nothing odd about “bsuy.”

 

Bruce goes on to explain that Whole Word victims are taught to memorize words in the same way that we memorize phone number. He describes the struggle that whole-word readers experience when they often reverse letters; as a result, they are often and regrettably mislabeled as dyslexic. When speaking about whole-word learners he states:

“There’s nothing odd about 1587649 compared to 1857649. Reversals are common when humans try to memorize either Whole Numbers or Whole Words. How many people could memorize even 100 phone numbers, never mind 500? In reading, such reversals are called dyslexia, an illusory problem created by an illusory pedagogy because of the “guessing and memorization techniques” they’ve been taught in their prior reading times.”

 

Parents, here are two more pieces of great news:

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

2) It will cost you less than $10 plus your time of just 20 to 30 minutes a day.

Click here to read about TEN STEPS you can take to insure that your child, no matter how old he/she is, can learn to read every word on every page.

Sincerely,
Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics
www.candy4wayphonics.com