DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE BASICALLY TWO CATEGORIES OF CHILD READERS IN THIS NATION?
In which of these two categories would you find YOUR child?
CATEGORY ONE – Is your child one of the 7 million children between seven and 11 years of age in this country who is performing below their reading potential?
CATEGORY TWO – If so, then did you know that your child could also be a part of the 95 percent of even the poorest readers THAT COULD LEARN TO READ FAR ABOVE GRADE LEVEL if only given a correct systematic phonics program?
Unfortunately, many parents suspect that their child is struggling in reading, but they haven’t received enough evidence from a trusted source to verify their suspicions; and that’s sooooo sad, because it leaves their child in Category One above.
Children who remain in Category One soon decide they neither like nor want to read. Regrettably, the longer a child remains in Category One, the more likely that he/she will NOT catch up in reading at all; and, in turn, the more likely that child will be to give up in reading altogether.
THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING TO ME BECAUSE THE ANSWER IS:
SO SIMPLE and
SO AFFORDABLE and
IT REQUIRES LESS THAN 30 MINUTES A DAY TO FIX!
I listened to a little girl read last week. As I listened to her read, I became evermore frustrated, because I really believe that this little girl has all the potential in the world to move from Category One into Category Two!
She had been given an assignment by her teacher for additional summer reading because this little girl didn’t meet the minimum reading requirements for her public school classroom this year. She needed to reach at least a reading score of 28 in order to progress into the third grade reading program next year, and she had only reached a reading score of 20. What those scores mean, I’m not certain, nor do I care.
What I do care about was the note that the teacher sent home to her mother which explained why these two story assignments, plus several more, had been given to this little girl to read over and over again throughout her summer break. Her teacher had told the parents that their little one needed to learn to read the stories faster and faster so that she could build “fluency.”
As she read through the first short story, I heard her read words like: “want” and “play” and “Amy” and “outside.”
As she read through her second story, I heard words like: “want” and “play” and “Becky” and “outside.”
I didn’t hear too many other words besides those I just listed. She read the same words over and over and over and over and over again in both stories.
Again, she was told to read those two stories over and over again so that she could build “fluency.”
Being the systematic phonics teacher that I am, you can imagine what I was feeling as I listened to her read and as I heard her family cheering her on as she read the words through faster and faster.
I just CRINGED!
Fluency is NOT built by reading the same words in a story over and over and over and over and over again and then re-reading those same words faster and faster and faster until you have actually MEMORIZED the whole story.
Fluency is built by learning to “SOUND OUT” words faster and faster. This means that each individual letter sound is blended together with the other letters in the word from left to right all the way through the word. This means that the sounds of certain groups of letters (phonograms) such as “dge,” which says the sound of the letter “j,” have also been learned.
I felt so sorry for this little girl because I knew her memorized-word capacity would sooner or later be reached, and that eventually she would encounter multisyllabic words that she would never be able to sound out. This is because children who memorize words as wholes are only capable of learning a maximum of about 5,000 words in isolation.
In order to become competent readers with reading vocabularies in the 50,000 to 75,000 range, a reading range necessary to survive in this world, children need to learn to decode words rather than to memorize them.
What is really sad is that this little girl, about to be promoted to the third grade, could have been reading EVERY word on EVERY page, skimming through connective words and complex sentence openers, and progressing into inferential thinking, had she simply gone through a systematic 4WAY Phonics program with her MOM, one-on-one, snuggled together on the couch for only 30 minutes a day.
The Candy 4WAY Phonics program, sold for just $9.97, is a systematic 4WAY Phonics Program that includes EVERYTHING, could have taught this little girl to actually read.
Let me say it once more: The Candy 4WAY Phonics program, with its 4WAY Phonics approach, could have taught this little one to actually read if only her parents had known about it, and purchased it, and used it with her.
Please, if your child is in Category One (above), you can move your child to Category Two (above) with a simple $9.97 purchase plus 30 minutes of your time each day.
Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics
(a program based upon the TRUE STORY of another little girl named Candy)