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Still Struggling in Second Grade – Still Can’t Read!

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The American education establishment would like parents to believe that if a child can’t read by the second or third grade, it must be because of something in the child. It just does not occur to them that the whole-word, guided reading method used in American classrooms today is failing to teach our children how to sound out every word on every page. 


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.


More and more elementary children who struggle to read

are rapidly growing into

teenagers who are still struggling to read. 


Too many folks today do not have a solid grasp

on what learning to read involves.  


Learning to read should never involve teaching a child to guess  at a word!   

Learning to read should involve teaching a child: 

1) how to sound out a word from left to right


2) that he can know for certain what the word on the page is. 


Unfortunately, far too many teachers believe that word guessing is necessary and, consequently, their reading groups include a whole gamut of reading approaches to promote word guessing


For example, here are other approaches that are presently used in our classrooms to back up the word guessing game:   

1) Looking for more prompts or clues

2) Doing “picture walks” or guessing at words or phrases by predicting what might happen next

3) Having whole groups of children “whisper” an entire book to themselves using PVC whisper phones

4) Simply telling a child to “Try that again.”

5) Asking a child questions such as: “Does that make sense?”

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

7) Asking a child questions such as: “What does the word start with?”

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

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

10) Telling a child he is a good reader, when, in actuality, he cannot read a great many words at his grade level. 


Moms, Dads, Grandpas, and Grandmas, let’s define exactly what is meant by reading: 


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.


Moms, Dads, your child does not have to join the statistics for struggling readers.  It’s true, some children are reading disabled, but the majority of children struggling in reading are not learning disabled, they just haven’t been taught to read using a reliable systematic, step-by-step phonics approach. 


Parents, if your child is struggling in reading, for less than $10 you can change his reading future.


Please check us out – Candy 4WAY Phonics — a simple, affordable, step-by-step systematic 4WAY Phonics Curriculum that can change a struggling reader into a reader! 


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


An Almost Free COMPLETE Phonics Reading Curriculum – Age 4 through Grade 4

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Affordable – Inexpensive




and Almost Free Phonics Resources


THERE’S A REASON why we at  Candy 4WAY Phonics choose to sell our phonics resources at such affordable prices.   However, in order to explain our reason, we need to address TWO important questions:



Congress asked the Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to assess the effectiveness of different approaches used to teach children how to read?

The results of that assessment, published 10 years ago, revealed to parents, teachers, and educational administrators exactly what instructional practices produced the BEST readers. 

Hands downs, the NICHD informed Congress, as well as everyone else in the country, that there are most assuredly certain reading practices that are crucial if our children are to learn how to read every word on every page. 


Those reading practices are: 

1) Phonemic Awareness teaching during preschool and kindergarten


2) Systematic, explicit phonics instruction for all children (NOT the implicit, embedded phonics used throughout the guided reading curriculum)


In turn, they discovered that systematic, explicit phonetic practices lead children to better reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.


They also found that systematic phonics is the greatest resource possible for teaching ALL students from kindergarten all the way through the 6th grade as well as for teaching ALL children with learning difficulties as well as struggling older readers. 



Since the use of embedded, implicit phonics instruction
mixed with whole-word, sight reading methods
does NOT produce the BEST readers,
why are our public schools still using these methods ?    

Honestly, who knows! 


What we DO KNOW is that the guided reading approaches used in our schools do NOT teach children how to blend together letters or how to sound out every word on every page, and that is most certainly a basic skill that ALL children will need in order to excel in elementary school, in high school, in college, in the work place, and throughout the rest of their daily lives.   


These results are precisely why the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum
was developed
and is offered for sale at
such low, affordable prices for everyone. 


Simply put, the folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics desire that ALL of our children have the opportunity to learn to read every word on every page.   


Parents, if you would like an affordable, COMPLETE phonics curriculum to use with your young student, or if you’re grieved because your older son or daughter cannot read, DON’T GIVE UP!


Moms, Dads, Grandpas, Grandmas, there is an answer for children who struggle in reading!  Please read the true story of little Candy, a struggling reader who’s life was changed because someone gave her the skills to read every word on every page.   




Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


P.S. The Candy 4WAY Phonics INSTANT DOWNLOAD Curriculum, Age 4 through Grade 4, includes step-by-step instructions for parents, 100 daily phonics lessons, phonics readers, rhyming alphabet phonics charts, multisensory vowel helps, spelling rules, and rhyming lifetime phonics charts, and sells for the affordable price of just $9.97


Printable Multisensory Alphabet Phonics Wall Cards – So Affordable – 65 Colored Cards

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Did you know that in addition to offering a COMPLETE Phonics Curriculum for only $9.97, Candy 4WAY Phonics also makes available 65 LARGE Colored Multisensory Phonics Flashcards / Wall Cards with multisensory pictures, catchy phrases, fun words and all the possible spellings for 140 phonics letters and blends for  just $6.97?     


THAT’S CORRECT!   These 65 LARGE Colored Multisensory Flashcards / Wall Cards will come to you as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD in ready-to-print format. Print these as often as you like in as many quantities as you likeIf you spill something on one, just print it off again!


If you’re looking for a multisensory tool to help your children learn not only all the phonics sounds but also all of their possible spellings, this is fantastic resource!


Each LARGE Colored Multisensory Flashcard / Wall Card Picture appeals not only to a child’s sight, but also to his sense of touch, his appeal to colors, his sense of emotion, and his sense of hearing.
With these 65 LARGE Colored Multisensory Flashcards / Wall Cards your child will learn:

1)        all of the alphabet letter sounds

2)      both the short and long vowel sounds

3)      all those 114 common but tricky phonogram sounds

4)     all the spellings for each phonogram sound – For example, did you know that Long A can be spelled 10 different ways!


These Multisensory Flashcards / Wall Cards display multisensory pictures as well as tons of catchy rhymes and phrases.


This is a great resource to help young children as young as preschool with phonemic awareness all the way up to older children who struggle in reading and need to learn not only the phonograms, but all the possible spellings and sounds for the alphabet letters and phonics blends.  And they are the perfect décor for a teacher’s classroom walls or a homeschooler’s education room.


Imagine a child viewing a freezing bear inside of an ice cube that represents the sound of the phonogram br.

Or a hooting owl that represents the sounds of the phonograms long u, long oo, u_e, ue, ui, ew, and ough.


If you’ve ever viewed the television special about Marva Collins, you’ll remember those vintage multisensory alphabet letter wall cards that surrounded her classroom. Each wall card illustrated one multisensory picture that represented one of the alphabet letter sounds.  The Candy 4WAY Phonics 65 LARGE Colored Multisensory Flashcards / Wall Cards have been patterned after those vintage wall cards, except that each Candy Multisensory Card has been updated with this generation’s styles.


Multisensory training takes advantage of the way our senses–hearing, sight, and touch — reinforce one another as we learn. The combination of listening, looking, and moving presented in these flashcard pictures creates a lasting impression—things connect to each other and letter sounds begin to fit into place in a child’s mind.


The  Candy 4WAY Phonics 65 LARGE Colored Multisensory Flashcards / Wall Cards is a great resource to help young children as young as preschool with phonemic awareness all the way up to older children who struggle in reading and need to learn not only the phonograms, but all the possible spellings for the phonogram sounds.


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics