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Did Your Child Fall Behind in Reading this Year? You Can Change all That With this Affordable Phonics Program!

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Have you been told that your child fell behind in reading this year?


Children who cannot read every word on every page often:


a) Rush through tests skimming through only the words they CAN read.

b) Do not like to read

c) Stumble over the words on the page, substitute words, or skip words while reading

d) Fear they are stupid or that there is something wrong with them

e) Complain that they don’t like school

f) Either go into a shell, become angry, or become the class clown.

g) Often have a stomach ache in the morning

h) Tell you that their favorite part of the school day is recess

i) Do not really have a favorite subject in school

j) Talk about their friends but never about their school classroom

k) Ask if you will read books, homework assignments, or directions for them


Just like you, other parents are struggling with this same problem, and, as a result, are searching for  COMPLETE systematic phonics curriculum at an affordable price to use in their own home with their own child. 

The good news is:  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 4WAY Phonics for over 28 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.

You can read more about Candy’s TRUE STORY by clicking on the words: TRUE STORY.

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program is based solidly upon that same 4WAY Phonics that taught little Candy to read every word on every page, except that Candy 4WAY Phonics 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 a complete, AFFORDABLE, systematic phonics program, and it’s written specifically for parents in a step-by-step, easy-to-understand way. 

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 51 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.

The Candy 4WAY Phonics goal, therefore, is this: To Help Parents to Teach Their Own Children to Read!

If you’ve read the true story of little Candy, you’ll see that, fortunately, little Candy was a poor enough reader that she qualified for 4WAY Phonics help. HOWEVER, this is NOT the story for hundreds of thousands of school-aged children today.

Our schools do not offer systematic 4WAY Phonics . In fact, the phonics offered in our schools today is NOT explicit systematic phonics. It is implicit, embedded phonics sprinkled in tiny amounts on top of large servings of look/say reading.

Parents, The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program was specifically written for Moms and Dads to help them solve this reading crisis among our children!

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 purchase all of this for just $9.97.

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

Each question we receive is a valued question. Through those free coaching emails, you will be speaking directly with me, Carol Kay, President and Author of Candy 4WAY Phonics Program —– and a very, very close friend of Candy.

Sincerely, Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

Teaching Phonics Step by Step! Phonics Steps to Reading Success!

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What Steps do you Follow to Teach your Child Systematic, Explicit Phonics Instruction?

The majority of American school children are not taught to read with systematic, explicit phonics instruction.  Little Billy was a typical example of a little boy with all the talent and brains in the world, but he was never taught systematic phonics.  By the time Billy reached the 4th grade, his self image was in the mud and so were his grades.   Moreover, Billy was fully aware that he couldn’t read.  In fact, he hated reading!  


Billy’s mother was concerned, very concerned.  She had watched her son anxiously for three years as he failed one school subject after another, turning more and more inward, avoiding eye contact with his teacher and with his friends, dreading school, choosing the wrong friends, and falling farther and farther behind in his studies.  Billy’s mother strongly suspected that the real reason for Billy’s low math scores, history scores and grammar scores was because of his inability to read and understand the words in his textbooks.


When Billy’s mother first contacted me, Billy had just begun the 4th grade.  Her question to me was direct and simple, and I’m so glad she asked it with such a determined resolve to obtain a workable solution. I was only too delighted to inform her that in order for Billy to gain good, strong reading skills, skills that would enable him to read every word on every page, he would need to start over again in his reading education and follow the natural progression of a COMPLETE phonics education. 


I shared with Billy’s mother these four steps of action that  any child must take in order to gain good, strong phonics skills.  Those steps are:  

1) Moms and Dads reading books to their children 

Reading books to your little one WILL NOT teach him how to read.  However, reading stories to young children does increase their hearing vocabulary and it does encourage them to, someday, desire to read those stories for themselves.  That motivation should be followed up by giving a child “phonemic awareness.”


2) Phonemic Awareness  

Phonemic awareness is a systematically-learned group of skills children learn that give them the ability to manipulate the sounds that make up our spoken language through the use of rhymes, multisensory helps, fun with rhyming syllables and words, and beginning word sounds.


For example, when a child learns that the beginning sound of the word “sand” is the letter s, and that the letter s sounds like the hissing of a leaky flat tire or an angry snake, that child can then determine in his mind that the written letter s, when spoken, is associated with a particular sound. 


Children who learn to read quickly have built up that “sound association” with every letter in the alphabet at an early age.  However, learning the letter sounds is just the beginning.  Children must now learn to “blend” those sounds together from left to right, blending all the way through a word; and that’s where “phonics skills” enter the picture.


3) Phonics skills  

Phonics skills are gained when children learn the relationships between letters and sounds, how to recognize those relationships in print, how to blend together phonograms, and how to spell words when they are audibly heard by using the knowledge of phonograms, spelling rules, and syllables. 


All of these skills are gained through the use of a systematic (linguistic) phonics program that uses a step-by-step progression of teaching. A systematic phonics program should cover all the major sound/symbol relationships, including consonants, blends, short and long vowels, consonant and vowel digraphs, diphthongs,  and the most common but tricky sound-symbol relationships.


A systematic phonics program should include spelling rules along the way, plenty of practice for each lesson’s topic through phonics review and phonics drill, various types of written poems, written dialogue, written story openers and story readers to expose children to a wide variety of written expression.


An example of the order of a systematic phonics presentation such as Candy 4WAY Phonics is as follows:


a)   Children learn the short vowel sounds and all the letter sounds.   

b)   Children learn to blend a consonant with a short vowel and then tack on a third letter to form CVC (consonant-short vowel-consonant) words. 

c)    Children learn to blend consonant digraphs with a short vowel in the same way.  

d)   Children learn the long vowel sounds to form CVC(e) (consonant-long vowel-consonant-silent e) words  

e)    Children learn blend all the rest of the phonograms into words working with one phonogram at a time, mastering one lesson before proceeding to the next. 

d) A complete phonics program should contain no more than 60 sight words.  Daily phonics lessons should be sprinkled in the correct doses at the correct times with  left-right reading practice, spelling rules, prefixes, suffixes, syllabication, compound words, rhyming, and alliteration, and varied types of excerpts including poetry, story openers and dialogue.  It should also include daily lessons that contain daily phonics drill, phonics charts, and daily phonics review.


Only after adequate phonics skills are gained (including a measure of fluency) should a child be expected to read for meaning.  To expect a child who cannot read every word on every page to read for meaning will most likely frustrate him beyond belief and quite possibly bring him to tears. 


4) Reading for meaning 

Reading for meaning includes more than just being able to answer Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How?  Reading for meaning involves learning to make inferences


When a child learns to make inferences, it means that he can read a page and draw a particular conclusion of his own, not from information stated directly in the text, but from information he has gathered from clues or hints in-between the lines of the text.


Click here to read more about how children learn to make inferences.   


In summary, systematic, explicit phonics carries with it certain sequential steps.   The above 4 steps of natural progression for a COMPLETE phonics education should be, of course, offered to every child in America.  Sadly, this progression is missing from most American schools. 


I’m thrilled to tell you, though, that little Billy (mentioned above) was taught to read using this phonics progression, that same progression offered throughout the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program.  As a result, by the end of his 5th grade year, Billy was able to sound out over 40,000 words


Each year Billy’s reading vocabulary grew as did his reading comprehension, and Billy grew up to be a responsible citizen of the United States, loving his family, his country, and his God.


It just doesn’t get any better than that!




Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics  

P.S. If you are an adult who missed out on “phonics,” follow the same steps given to Billy (above).  Skipping steps will only cause you to “miss out” again.  You’ll be surprised how fast adults speed through a good 4WAY Phonics program

Preschool Phonics! Preschool Reading! Teaching Preschoolers How to Read!

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Free Phonics Resources are not the only thing you’ll find at our site.  At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we believe that the purpose for an AFFORDABLE – just $7.97 – Preschool Phonics Program should be to build into children all the skills necessary for them to be sounding out and authentically reading three-letter words by the time they begin kindergarten. 


We do NOT believe that children should begin their reading adventure by memorizing words from the Dolch Sight Word List.  We believe that children as young as three years old, given ample, systematic phonemic awareness training,  are capable of emerging into readers who will confidently know that they can read every word on every page.



Therefore, we want to enable you to work Systematic 4WAY Phonics into your Preschool Program.


So for just $7.97 you can have an INSTANT DOWNLOAD of the Candy 4WAY Phonics PRESCHOOL Program which includes:


1) Candy’s 31 Multisensory LARGE A to Z Flashcards/Wall Cards (with multisensory vowel helps)

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

3) How to Follow Candy’s 4WAY Phonics Preschool Program

4) Multisensory Vowel Helps to teach preschoolers to distinguish between the vowel sounds

5) Rhyming Alphabet Phonics Charts that carry a child right up to the Daily Preschool 4WAY Phonics Lessons

6) 25 Step-by-step Daily 4WAY Phonics Preschool Lessons – Click here to see samples of our Preschool Step-bystep Daily Phonics Lessons.  

7) Sequenced Preschool Lesson Drill Sheets to provide continuous review  

8) A Preschooler’s First Reader

9) Farmer Dan’s Critters Games are included with the Preschool Package (these two games lead children through 3-letter, short vowel words and are also sold separately)

10) Achievement Awards Certificates


After completing the Candy 4WAY Phonics Preschool Package, preschool children will be “way ahead of the game.” Having gained the skills to sound out

3-letter, short vowel words, preschoolers will be ready to begin the SECOND level of the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program that will take them all the way through 4th grade and higher reading level.


Click Here to read more about this fabulous Preschool Systematic 4WAY Phonics INSTANT DOWNLOAD Program for just $7.97



Carol Kay, President

 Candy 4WAY Phonics