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Preschool Phonics! What is Phonemic Awareness? What should a Preschool Reading Program include?

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Preschool Phonics

should begin with Phonemic Awareness.

Preschool Phonics

should produce early readers.

Phonemic Awareness is when your child has the ability to hear and utilize the individual and blended sounds inside spoken words. Phonemic Awareness is also when your child begins to understand that spoken words and spoken syllables are made up of threads of these sounds and blends.



The answer to this is simply that so many of our children have not received a systematic presentation of these sounds and blends within the framework of a proper linguistic, intensive 4WAY Phonics Program.  This presentation of sounds and blends can begin with preschoolers.  In fact, preschool phonics provides a solid foundation for a complete phonics education.  Marva Collins knew this, and she capitalized on it with every preschool and kindergarten student that entered her classroom each fall.  She had every one of them reading by Christmas.  Moms, Dads, you can do that, too.  Your preschooler can learn to read!   


Remember that a preschool child’s attention span is very short, so a good phonics program will keep learning interesting and short and it will utilize a variety of learning materials.  A solid preschool program should be written so that a child as young as Age 3 can begin the program and continue on until his phonics abilities have built him into being able to sound out three-letter short-vowel words.



At Candy 4way Phonics we offer a 4WAY Phonics Basic Preschool INSTANT DOWNLOAD Program Package FREE OF CHARGE that will teach your child all of the alphabet sounds and then how to blend those sounds together starting from a two-letter consonant/vowel blend and building him into three-letter words with a short vowel.  Your child will also learn a correct left-right reading sequence.  

This  4WAY Phonics Preschool Program Package INSTANT DOWNLOAD includes all of the following:

 1)  Candy’s 31 Multisensory Colored LARGE A to Z Flashcard/Wall Cards
These are fantastic multisensory helps for teaching your preschooler to master hearing, readingspeaking, and remembering all of the letter sounds

2)  Candy’s 82-page eBook entitled:  How to Teach Systematic 4WAY Phonics

3)  Candy’s Rhyming Alphabet Charts.
The FIRST CHART presents the alphabet letters and a corresponding picture in rhyming format.   The SECOND CHART is the same rhyming chart but without the pictures.  The THIRD CHART presents basic letter drill as well as Multisensory Vowel Picture Helps and Vowel Drill to help children learn to “punch” the vowel sounds.

 4)  Twenty-five Candycane Step-by-step Daily 4WAY Phonics Preschool Lessons
These lessons will pick up after the Alphabet Charts and teach your child:
a)  how to sound out two-letter, beginning word blends

b)  a left/right reading sequence
c)  how to sound out CVC (consonant, short vowel, consonant) words.

5)  Candycane Sequenced Preschool Lesson Drill Sheets for consistent phonics review.    

6) Preschool Reader – My 1st Reader

7) Farmer Dan’s Critters Board Games (two board games to carry children through 3-letter, short vowel words.)  



Candy 4WAY Phonics is well aware of the fact that many children start out first grade attempting to read CVC words but fail miserably because:

1)  They don’t know where to begin reading a word
2)  They cannot distinguish between the 3 individual sounds within a CVC word
3)  They have not been given enough exposure or practice mastering letter sounds first, then blending two-letters, and then blending three-letter CVC words


If your child begins with Candy’s Preschool Package and continues on with the Candy 4WAY Phonics Reading Program (which is also ABSOLUTELY FREE, the results you can expect are astounding!  For example, 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 only 1,216 words and by the end of fourth grade, only 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.

When a child is taught to read using the Intensive 4WAY Phonics Reading System from, let’s say, the age of three, four or five years old, it is quite possible that he could be reading at a fifth-grade reading level by the middle of third grade.  In fact, many children who began this reading approach at the age of three were able read at a solid second-grade level by the time they entered their Kindergarten year

Candy’s Intensive, systematic 4WAY Phonics Reading System will appear to move slowly at first, but as your child becomes proficient in his phonics building blocks and establishes a phonics foundation, his reading level will eventually escalate far beyond that of a sight reader

You can liken Candy’s 4WAY Phonics Reading System to building a skyscraper.  The contractor will build a foundation for his skyscraper that is not visible to the public for over a year.  Then, suddenly, almost overnight, the super structure which rests upon this solid foundation appears so that everyone that drives by will say, “Wow!  That was certainly
built quickly!” 

Moms and Dads, Candy 4WAY Phonics, is delighted to offer our BASIC  4WAY Phonics Preschool Package FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING – NO COST – TOTALLY FREE! 

Check it out today by clicking here.


Carol Kay, President



Reading Groups for Children can be HUMILIATING!

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CANDY HEARD HER TEACHER CALL HER READING GROUP TO THE FRONT OF THE CLASSROOM.  She really didn’t want to go up there, but she didn’t have a choice.  Candy had no idea how the other children in her reading group felt about reading in front of the teacher and in front of the other kids; she only knew how she felt. 


Anxious!  Candy felt anxious!  Terrified would be another word, but again, it didn’t matter how she felt because she had no choice.  When the teacher called on her to read, she couldn’t say “No!”  She knew she would be expected to try. 


Each time Candy looked down at the page, she recognized only the most basic words, the words that had been repeated over and over again:  Dick  Jane  Sally  Spot  and  the  an  a  again  the  they.


Those were the ONLY words Candy knew, so she mumbled through the words she didn’t know and spoke the words that she did know as loudly and confidently as she could.  However, it just wasn’t enough.  Candy knew she wasn’t cutting it.  She knew she wasn’t learning to read, and the hopes that she had previously entertained about learning to read in the first grade?  Well, those hopes had pretty much been squashed. 



Candy felt dumb, inadequate, embarrassed, left out! 



Then one day, Candy was called to the back of the classroom to meet with another teacher who took her over to a little white cottage that stood serenely behind her school building.  When she arrived at the little white cottage, Candy was ushered into a room and asked to join another circle of children.  She did not know any of the other children, and she was told that they had come from other classrooms and from other schools.   They all looked just as nervous as Candy felt. 


The teacher explained to them that they would not be reading the stories about Dick, Jane, Sally, and Spot; they would, instead, be learning individual letter sounds and how to blend those letter sounds together.  Day after day, the teacher held up large cards that contained what she called “phonograms,” and little by little, step-by-step, Candy learned to start at the left side of each phonogram and sound out all of its letters until she reached all the way to the end of the phonogram.


Candy remembered some of the children in her previous classroom who seemed to just fly through the words.  Here she was, still slowly, but methodically, sounding through phonograms from left to right.  Gradually, however, Candy read faster, and then faster, until she realized that she was gaining more and more confidence when she approached the phonograms she saw on the cards.


Eventually, Candy was given phrases to read and then sentences with lots of rhyme — fun sentences.  These fun sentences turned into fun paragraphs and then into fun short story openers.  It didn’t take long before Candy looked forward to her new reading group because reading lessons had become “fun!” 


After six months of training with her new reading group, Candy was told that she was ready to return to her regular classroom reading group.  When she opened up the book of Dick, Jane, Sally, and Spot, she found that she could fly through the words.  In fact, the words in the Dick and Jane book were simple to read compared to what she had been sounding out in her “cottage” reading group. 


It didn’t take long before Candy, to her amazement, realized that she had become the best reader in her reading group!


This is a true story.  Candy’s name has been changed, however, to protect Candy.  Candy’s true story has been shared so that parents of today, parents with children who struggle in reading, can know that there is a reading method that can teach their child to read.   It’s that same 4WAY Phonics  method that taught little Candy to read back in that little white cottage in the year 1956.


Thanks to a very close friend of Candy’s, that 4WAY Systematic, Synthetic Phonics Method that taught little Candy to read back in the 50’s, has been updated and fine-tuned for today’s generation of parents and children.  It’s been placed into a step-by-step 4WAY Phonics Program with multisensory vowel helps, rhyming charts and flashcards, fun, sequenced, story readers, review drill sheets and much, much more!  


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program has been updated with phrases and sentences and short story openers that appeal to today’s parents and children, and it’s been packed full of that same 4WAY Phonics approach that taught little Candy to read:  synthetic phonics, linguistic phonics, analytic phonics, and R’sA phonics (rhyme, rhythm and alliteration).


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program has been updated specifically for parents of children from age 4 all the way through Grade 4, and it contains all of the following: 

*An 82-page eBook containing step-by-step, easy-to-understand instructions entitled:  How to Teach Systematic 4WAY Phonics.

*Rhyming Alphabet Charts

*Multisensory Vowel Helps

 *100 Daily Step-by-step Phonics Lessons that teach all the same phonograms that Candy learned, lessons that build into fun phrases and rhyming sentences and paragraphs and short story openers

*20 Sequenced Fun Story Readers following after every five Daily Phonics Lessons

*Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards

 *Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts

And the best news of all — parents can download this entire curriculum and much, much more at NO COST – 100% FREE! 


Happy Reading!


Carol Kay, President,
Candy 4WAY Phonics

Best FREE Systematic Synthetic Phonics Program!

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Has your child been labeled as having a learning disability or dyslexia?

Have you been told that your child needs more fluency when he reads? 

Did you know that only 3 out of 10 junior high students in this country can read at grade level?  Is your child one of them? 

Does your child whine when she’s asked to read? 

You’re not alone.  Just like you, other parents are struggling with this same problem.

The good news is:  This whole problem can go away.  Your child CAN learn to read every word on every page. 

Hi, I’m Carol Kay, the President of  Candy 4WAY Phonics .  I’ve had the pleasure of teaching intensive, systematic phonics for over 30 years in school classrooms, in homes, in my kitchen, in libraries, in coffee shops, on front steps, in driveways and ANYWHERE else that I could find a child who is struggling in reading.

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program  is based upon that same 4WAY Phonics  method that taught a little girl named Candy how to read back in 1956.


Read more about Candy’s TRUE STORY .


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum is based solidly upon that same 4WAY Phonics  that taught little Candy to read every word on every page, except that this COMPLETE Systematic, Synthetic Phonics Curriculum has been updated for today’s generation of parents and children.

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program  incorporates 4 phonics approaches: synthetic, linguistic, analytic, and R’sA (rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration). It’s complete (geared for ages 4 – 10), it’s affordable, it works!

Nothing touches my heart more than a child who is struggling to read, especially when I know there is a solution.   It’s true that some children do suffer from learning disabilities, but according to evidence from the National Reading Panel’s Meta-Analysis as reported by the American Educational Research Association, one-on-one tutoring in systematic phonics instruction produces the BEST READING RESULTS among beginning readers as well as low and middle SES readers and younger and older RD students. Of course, little Candy, now all grown up, has known that for many years.

In addition, the Meta-Analysis proved that systematic phonics produced lasting benefits for all these student types not only in their abilities to sound out words, but also in their comprehension and spelling abilities.



Moms, Dads, Grandparents, we would love to help YOU to help YOUR child to read.   Please believe me when I tell you that is, indeed, possible! 

Candy 4WAY Phonics  comes with everything you’ll need: 

*Step-by-step, easy-to-understand Instructions

*Rhyming Charts

*Daily step-by-step lessons

*Sequenced story readers following after every five daily lessons

*Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards

*Lifetime Phonics Charts 

And the best news of all — You can download ALL of our Curriculum and any other of our language arts downloads AT NO COST – EVERYTHING IS FREE. 

It all comes with free email coaching, and email coaching works when parents remember that:  NO QUESTION IS DUMB! ALL QUESTIONS ARE SMART!


Sincerely,  Carol Kay, President  

Candy 4WAY Phonics