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Was Your Child’s Reading Score Low on His Report Card?

February
6

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, or slow.

Your child does not comprehend what he 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

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Why Johnny Can’t Get a Job!

February
1

Why Johnny Can’t Read!

  

Why Johnny Can’t Get a Job!

 

Why Johnny Might End up In Prison!

   

Why Johnny Can’t Make the Team!

 

Can anyone remember when you could get a job even if you didn’t know how to read?

Dads, Moms, Educators, maybe your generation could get that kind of a job, but in today’s world, a child will not be able to get a job without knowing how to read. People who cannot read or write well:

* cannot read the advertisements for jobs in the newspaper or on the internet (1 in 7 adults cannot even read this blog). 

*cannot write a resume or fill out an application for employment

*cannot read directions or write a note so they will not be considered for hire as a reliable employee.” 

 

KIDS TODAY NEED TO KNOW HOW TO READ IN ORDER TO GET A JOB.

 

They certainly know this in California!  

 In fact, California prison officials know that there might as well be a bumper sticker that says, “Read or go to jail.”  This is because one of main contributors for predicting needed construction for future prisons in California is the number of students that cannot read by the end of fourth grade. 

As Dr. Lynell Burmark stated, “The reality is that in California, at least, if you don’t know how to read by the end of fourth grade, the state is building you a prison cell.”

What is the end result of illiteracy for far too many young people in California?  If you can’t read by the fourth grade, you’re fate might well be to spend your life as an adult behind bars. 

 

KIDS TODAY NEED TO KNOW HOW TO READ IN ORDER TO STAY OUT OF JAIL. 

 

It’s so sad, because there are opportunities for kids to tremendously better themselves, opportunities that are making big differences especially in the lives of students coming from oppressed living standards.  For example, did you know that a peer-reviewed study of the Chicago Debate League – a league that reaches out to African American Males – tells us that:

 “African American male students raised their GPAs by 50% of a letter grade and were 70% more likely to graduate from high school than non-debating peers. Compared to their non-debating peers, African American male debaters were 70% more likely to reach the ACT College Ready benchmark in Reading and twice as likely to reach the College Ready benchmark in English.”

Parents, teachers, you can make a difference just by getting your student involved with a debate team.  However, he/she first needs to learn how to read every word on every page. 

 

KIDS TODAY NEED TO KNOW HOW TO READ IN ORDER TO JOIN A DEBATE TEAM? 

Here are two BAD statistics: 

1)   In inner cities and poor rural areas, 68% of low-income fourth graders cannot read at a basic level. 

2)   We only have 2% of child’s lifetime to teach him how to read. That’s a very small window of opportunity!    

Now, here are two GOOD statistics: 

1)   You can teach a child to read every word on every page by using a step-by-step systematic phonics program.

2)   You can teach a child to read every word on every page for less than $10.00

 

Far too many parents are telling us that: “I just know my student does not have ADD or ADHD OR dyslexia.  I know my child could learn to read if he was just given a step-by-step, easy to teach program where he could learn all the letter sounds and how to blend them. ”

 

Why not get started with your student today? 

There is an affordable, simple, fun-to-use, easy-to-teach, step-by-step plan. 

Systematic phonics works!   

Candy 4WAY Phonics

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Sincerely, 

Carol Kay, President

www.candy4wayphonics.com

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

November
5

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. 

Why? 

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

and

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! 

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

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