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Does Your Child Hate Reading Logs?

May
16

 

Hundreds of thousands of parents are hearing their child tell them that they “hate” reading and that they hate filling out reading logs. 

 

Unfortunately, it’s the children who struggle in reading who are asked to document their reading by filling out those dreaded reading logs. 

 

Even more sad is the fact that hundreds of thousands of children who have fallen behind in reading this past year are going to be encouraged to go through the Reading Recovery Program.  They will be given lessons reading many little books with tons of whole sight words to memorize from the Dolch Sight Word List.

 

They will be told to read 2 or 3 familiar books and then to reread the same predictable words in whatever book they read the day before.  

 

Countless numbers of parents have signed reading log after reading log only to discover that their child still could not read every word on every page. 

 

Reading Recovery students will never be given what they truly need in order to actually catch up in reading.  

 

You see, one well-known problem with Reading Recovery is that Reading Recovery does not include systematic, explicit, synthetic phonics, and systematic phonics has been clearly defined by the National Reading Panel as absolutely necessary for a child to catch up in reading 

 

So, Mom, would you like to make some real progress with your child in reading this summer?  I will tell you that real progress will not happen with a reading recovery program.  In fact, if your child struggled in reading this past school year, then, Mom, Dad, I emphatically believe that YOU can catch your child up in reading!  What’s more, you can do it for less $10 and in just two 15-minute, one-on-one reading segments a day! 

 

You see, little Candy learned to read, and YOUR child can learn to read, too! Your child could be learning to blend together all the letters in the word, reading every word on every page, skimming through connective words and complex sentence openers, and progressing into inferential thinking.

 

YES, all of that can happen with YOUR child!  However, your child will need two VITAL tools to entice him onto that exciting journey:

1) He will need to use a tested systematic phonics reading system.

2) He will need a reading teacher who intensely and emotionally cares about his reading progress.  That means that your child needs YOU as his reading teacher.

 

Your little one does NOT need a village or a certified teacher to learn to read! 

Your child just needs a mom (or a dad) who is willing to become a fellow learner with their child.  That’s because God has designed PARENTS to instruct their own children in the foundational basics needed to get along in life.

 

KNOWING HOW TO READ IS ONE OF THOSE FOUNDATIONAL BASICS!

 

Of course, for the most part, a parent’s one-on-one instruction in any subject area will produce better results than group instruction. Reading, however, is the entire foundation of learning!  Therefore, reading is best taught to a child one-on-one by his parent.

 
 
It has been my teaching experience that our society has been fed a list of FIVE terrible, terrible “reading” liesFollowing are a list those lies countered with THE TRUTH. 

  

1.) LIE NUMBER ONE - Teaching reading is difficult

THE TRUTH?  The subject of reading is not difficult to learn or teach.  With patience and a correct 4WAY Phonics system, learning to read can be fun and fullfilling for parent and child.

 

2.) LIE NUMBER TWO - Teaching a child to read can only be accomplished by a trained professional.

THE TRUTH?  Parents make THE BEST teachers for their child.

 

3.) LIE NUMBER THREE – Teaching a child to read requires the knowledge of a combination of several reading methods.

THE TRUTH?  Teaching a child to read requires the knowledge of only one 4WAY Phonics system for reading.

 

4.) LIE NUMBER FOUR –Parents and others who decide to invest in reading materials must be prepared to pay a pretty penny for those materials.

THE TRUTH?  Reading material should not be expensive. A consistent, time-proven reading system is all that is needed to create a good reader. The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program is a time-proven, complete K4 thru 4th Grade 4WAY Phonics Program, and it’s designed for PARENTS and sold at a price PARENTS can afford!  For less than $10, you can purchase an entire systematic 4WAY Phonics Program (100 lessons, 20 colored story readers, multisensory tools, rhyming colored charts, pronunciation keys,  phonics drill) — EVERYTHING!

 

5.) LIE NUMBER FIVE – A parent who does not know phonics cannot teach a child to read phonetically.

THE TRUTH?  Parents who don’t know phonics make THE BEST teachers, because they know their child’s feelings and fears!  Parents know that if their child learns to read, he will  feel smart.  All children need to feel smart!   

So how can Moms (and Dads) make that difference in their child’s reading ability?  To begin, Moms can select the one reading system that has NEVER failed to work in any language or in any country or in any time period. To read more click here.

Happy Reading! 

 Carol Kay, President,

Candy 4WAY Phonics

 www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

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Why Did I Pull My Children out of the Public Schools When The Public Schools are Free? Well, because Moms do Strange Things When They’re Desperate! (From the President of Candy 4WAY Phonics)

May
12

 

We lived in a small town in Michigan.  At the time, four of our six children had been born. Just like all of our friends, we enrolled our oldest son in public school kindergarten when he turned five years old.

 

Well, you know, “kindergarten,” not much going on there.  The early signs for how your child is “doing” in school do not show up until the first grade when a child begins reading lessons.  However!  Well, wow!  When Jimmy entered first grade, did we get an education! 

 

I had no idea that phonics was no longer used in the school system.  Oh, I knew that there were other methods of reading going on in the classroom, but I always believed that phonics was at the foundation of those methods. Duh!  I was so dumb!

 

No!  What I really mean is: I was misinformed.  I had learned to read with systematic phonics, so I assumed that my children would learn to read this way, too.  After all, wouldn’t our government schools insist on using the educational methods that actually worked?

 

We found out that “phonics was out” when after 6 months into the first-grade reading curriculum our little Jimmy could only read three words:  aanthe

 

I asked Jimmy to “sound out” the words we encountered together, and he said, “What are you talking about, Mommy?”

 

Of course, when I discovered that Jimmy was NOT learning to “sound out” words, I immediately went to the teacher and asked her why Jimmy was NOT learning to “sound out” words.  She said, “Sounding out” words is NOT something we do anymore.  There are other, better, more efficient methods to teach reading than phonics.”

 

Sadly, things got much worse! 

 

At the first parent-teacher conference, I also discovered that our dear, little, precious Jimmy had been placed inside a refrigerator box  so that he could “focus” more on his studies and less on what was going on around him.  That was all I needed!  That was going to stop! 

 

Jimmy was in an open-classroom school at that time, so we switched over to a standard, structured, public school classroom where a 20-year veteran X-Nun was the teacher.  Jimmy gained a tiny, itsy-bitsy, miniscule more in reading that second semester of his first-grade year simply because this X-Nun did use “some” phonics. 

 

However, at the beginning of second grade, Jimmy was assigned to a teacher that believed exactly the same way as his first teacher in the open-classroom school, except that she brought all of her non-phonics methods into a structured classroom.  Jimmy just couldn’t cope with these ridiculous reading methods.  In addition, by the end of second grade, we had also enrolled our second-oldest son in the 1st grade. 

 

To make this long story shorter, soon after talking with Jimmy’s principal and after our second-oldest son was assaulted on the school bus, I talked with a woman in Indiana who owned a teacher resource store who emphatically informed me that “homeschooling” was an option. 

 

I’d never heard of “homeschooling” before; I didn’t even know it was possible.  This lady told me that it was “very” possible, and that parents make the best teachers for their children.

 

So the following Monday I refused to put my children on the school bus.  I ordered a satellite homeschooling program and proceeded to homeschool my children thinking I was going to “get away with it!” 

 

Moms do strange things when they’re desperate! 

 

Little did I know that Michigan was one of the worst places to try to “get away with” homeschooling.  We had no laws to protect us, and we were running out of steam living only with an Attorney’s General’s “Opinion” about homeschooling.  As a result, tons of homeschoolers in Michigan were being taken to probate court as a direct challenge to their choice of education. 

 

Wouldn’t you know it, some lady in our church turned us in.  What was I going to do? 

 

I contacted one other mother that I knew was doing homeschooling.  She gave me the name of an attorney who was taking up homeschooling cases in the state of Michigan.  We hired him, wasted $200, provided all of our own documentation, and yet, he didn’t intervene for us with the school officials at all. 

 

Within two months after we began homeschooling, I received a phone call from a man who turned out to be the Chairman for the Homeschooling Investigating Committee for the whole state of Michigan.  He was the man who was taking all the homeschoolers to probate court.  When he called me, I told him I had hired an attorney to defend us, I refused to talk to him, and I hung up on him.

 

That was back in my immature Christian days.  Can you even imagine Jesus Christ hanging up on anybody? 

 

I do not mean this as a defense to myself in any way, but, moms do strange things when they’re desperate! 

 

Some friends from our church were visiting with us shortly afterwards, and we began discussing what the Bible says about how to respond to those in authority.  We specifically went over Romans, Chapter 13, where God tells us: 

 

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”

 

Needless to say, I was under conviction! 

When “that man” called me back, I apologized, and I explained to him what I had discovered in the scriptures.  We began to talk.  He listened, I talked.  He questioned, I answered.  I was honest.  I told him all of my fears about the public school system and the fact that I would not, could not, tolerate what was going on there.  He listened.  God worked! 

GOD IS SO AWESOME!

This man ended up telling me, “I will never take you to probate court.  You are the only homeschooler that has been willing to talk to me.  You have also told me about your beliefs, and I want you to know that I have been listening, because my secretary is also a Christian, and she has been telling me some of the same things that you have stated.  I give you permission to do homeschooling, and what’s more, if you need any curriculum, you just let me know, and I’ll show you how to order it for yourself, or I will personally get it for you.”

YEP – GOD IS AWESOME!

I began homeschooling and tutoring phonics to children all around me.  I grabbed onto every book on phonics that had ever been written.  All of my “teacher” friends, suddenly anxious to help me out, gave me all of their methods classes textbooks; coupled with my own learning experiences in phonics, I began to put together a systematic phonics curriculum based upon what was taught to children in the 1950’s who had struggled with the Dick and Jane, Look/say Reading series.  (Can you believe I put that all in one sentence?)

The results I obtained were outstanding!

About three years later, I began teaching phonics part time in a Christian School.

I came across all kinds of reading problems, and I soon discovered that linguistic, synthetic, analytic, systematic phonics solved the problems of every student I encountered except for the students who were diagnosed as EMI.  Oh, each child had a different time table for learning, depending upon his shortcomings and his talents, but given enough time, systematic phonics worked. 

Oh, by the way, do you remember “that man” that I had originally hung up on?  You know, the Chairman for the Homeschooling Investigating Committee for the whole state of Michigan?   Well, he gave our Christian school permission to set up a homeschooling umbrella program under my direction for other families considering homeschooling. 

 

When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7)

 

In summary, we continued homeschooling all six of our children all the way through high school. 

They have become successful as business owners, in engineering, as ministerial directors, with two still in college studying pre-med and early childhood care. 

And, of course, we established the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program, a program based upon the true story of a little girl named, Candy, in order to make a complete systematic 4WAY Phonics curriculum, lessons, readers, multisensory phonics helps, phonics charts and flashcards, phonics resources, and phonics games affordable for everyone

YEP- GOD IS AWESOME!

Sincerely,

 

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

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Reading Labels – Older Children Who Cannot Read – Does Your Older Child Struggle to Read?

April
14

 

Depressed struggling reader older

 

 Kids hate labels.

All of us should eliminate them!

 

Too often, children become labeled by a teacher or a school system as a student with a learning disability, or with a behavior problem, or with hyperactive tendencies when in reality, the culprit is ineffective teaching.  While this prevails far too often in the public school classroom, we have to make certain that as parents, these kinds of labels and beliefs about our children do not take place in our own homeschools.

 

Marva Collins once said, “We live in a label-conscious society where people are forever trying to categorize and classify each other.  We tend to overuse terms like ‘learning disability,’ ‘developmental disabilities,’ ‘behavior disorder,’ and ‘hyperactive,’ bandying them about until they are stretched beyond validity.  A child who fidgets in his seat isn’t necessarily hyperactive.  Maybe that child is bored.  Maybe that child doesn’t know how to do the work and is afraid to ask for help.  Or maybe that child is just active.”

Many a parent has pulled their child out of an American school to stop such labeling and to give their child all the attention and help that he/she deserves.  One thought each parent needs to hold dear is this:  “Believe in your child!”  We must be absolutely convinced that we will reach our children, that they can learn what they need to know.  We must never give up!

Often, I receive emails from parents explaining to me that their child has reached an older age of nine or ten or twelve, and they still cannot read.  I begin by asking them questions such as, “Has your child gone through a systematic phonics program?   If not, what kind of reading training has he/she had?” 

Most of the time the answer to this question is that the child has received no systematic phonics training, or that the child has been told that he’s slow or just needs more time to learn to read.  Did you know that it takes a minimum of 13 words of praise to counteract one insult that a child hears?  I love explaining to parents that their child does not need more time, but that he/she just needs an effective, systematic phonics approach given daily by a loving, caring, determined parent who believes in their child and in his ability

If only we would take the time to experience and ponder in our minds how much “failure” our child has felt or how many demeaning comments our child has already heard from well-meaning people who know nothing of the power of encouragement coupled with an effective curriculum. 

At Candy 4WAY Phonics we believe in children!  We believe that if parents are given an affordable, step-by-step phonics curriculum and email support from us, that their child will learn to read every word on every page. 

Just like a little girl named, Candy, who’s true story has touched the minds and hearts of so many caring parents this past year, Mom, Dad, your child needs the opportunity to fill in the gaps, to catch up in reading, to learn to read confidently and fluently, to receive the training he/she deserves to be able to read every word on every page.

Check us out.  The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program includes EVERYTHING:  Daily step-by-step lessons, rhyming alphabet phonics charts, multisensory vowel helps, sequenced story readers,  teachers guides, spelling rules, reading practice in all forms of written expression, fun lessons packed with rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration, lifetime rhyming phonics charts, and one-on-one email coaching forjust $9.97 as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD.  When your child is finished with all 100 phonics lessons he/she will be able to read past a 4th grade reading level and be able to sound out over 30,000 words

We encourage you to contact us free of charge with your phonics/reading questions, or just visit our website for free phonics resources, articles, and 4WAY Phonics products.

By the way, if you haven’t read little Candy’s true story, it’s really a neat story! 

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

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