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Does Phonics Work?

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Let me begin by saying that when it comes to reading, Phonics Makes a Mammoth Difference! Yes! Phonics works!


What is Phonics? 

Phonics is learning how to recognize and blend together the sounds of letters.  For example, when a child sees a word such as bracelet, if he has learned Phonics, he will break the word apart in his mind like this:  

 br    ace    let.  

He will be able to blend together the letters br

He will know that the letter a says its own name because of the silent e at the end of that word part. 

He will know that the letter c says the  s-s-s-s sound because it comes before the letter e

He will know that the letter e in let says its short sound because he has had tons of practice reading three-letter, short-vowel words and word parts (CVC Words). 

Finally, a Phonics student will be able to blend all of those word parts together to read the word bracelet the first time he encounters the word.


How does Phonics enable a child to read all the words on the page?

A Phonics student will not struggle with a word such as bracelet.  He will be able to sound it out even if he’s never seen the word before because he will have completed a Systematic, Synthetic Phonics Curriculum and mastered each daily phonics lesson within that curriculum before he’s gone on to the next lesson.


Phonics students have taken the time necessary to learn all the possible letter blends within words.  They have mastered these blends step-by-step, one day at a time, using a step-by-step, user/friendly, systematic, synthetic phonics curriculum.


Phonics students know that each letter can have many sounds, but they also know that when some letters are combined with other letters, they can make different sounds. Phonics students have learned the sounds that letters make alone and the sounds that letters make when they are combined with other letters.


How is Phonics different from the “look say” method of reading? 

The “look say” reading method teaches a child to memorize whole words.  It does not teach a child the individual sounds within words or how to blend those sounds together.  Sadly, after a child has memorized about 2,000 words, his brain simply cannot remember any more words.  This is devastating, because by the end of the fourth grade, children need to be able to read between 30,000 and 40,000 words.  Phonics students have no problem reading this many words, because they can blend together the parts that make up words


How is Phonics different from the Whole Language Method of Teaching Reading?

The Whole Language Method teaches children to guess at words by their shape, by the first letter, by recognizing random word parts, or by the context of the rest of the words on the page.  In contrast, Phonics students do not need to guess at words.  Phonics students do not need to figure out a word by the context of the sentence or by the shape of a word or by recognizing a word part inside the word.  Phonics students can read through unfamiliar words by blending all the word parts together from left to right.   


Do struggling readers do better with Phonics? 

Struggling readers stop struggling to read after they have learned all the phonics blends.  Being able to sound out all the parts of words puts an end to struggling readers.  


At what age should Phonics Instruction begin?

Parents are the best judge for when their child needs to begin reading instruction, but children can begin reading instruction as young as 3 or 4 years old.  Three year olds can begin learning to hear the sounds of letters within words through rhyming games and multisensory letter cards.  A child as young as 4 years old can learn to blend sounds together to form three-letter, short-vowel words (CVC words).  Some children who are 4 years old have been able to read multi-syllable words at a 1st grade reading level especially if they were taken through phonemic awareness and early blending skills with a systematic phonics preschool reading program.


How much do Systematic, Synthetic Phonics Curriculums cost?   

Phonics curriculums that include daily, systematic phonics lessons, multisensory help, phonics readers and phonics charts can cost parents as much as $300 to $400 dollars.  You can say it!  Ouch!

Some Phonics curriculums that include just the daily lessons can cost as little as $35.

However, there is one Phonics Curriculum that includes everything for as little as $9.97


Candy 4WAY Phonics includes all of the following for as little as $9.97:

*Easy-to-understand Instructions
*Systematic, Daily Phonics Lessons
*Multisensory Vowel Helps
*Sequenced Phonics Readers
*Continuous, Spiral Phonics Drill
*Fun Phonics Lessons and Stories
*Rhyming Alphabet Charts
ifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts – and so much more!


Where can I find an affordable systematic, synthetic, explicit, intensive phonics curriculum like the one described above?

That’s what Candy 4WAY Phonics is all about.  Candy 4WAY Phonics was developed to make systematic phonics affordable for everyone. 

Click here to read the true story of a little girl named Candy, and to find out about the phonics curriculum that enabled little Candy to progress from being the worst reader in her reading group to being the best reader in her reading group.



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

To see all of our phonics resources including:  multisensory flashcards, fun phonics games, an audio phonics pronunciation CD-rom, a preschool systematic phonics package, and much more,
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Printable Phonics Games, Worksheets, Books, Readers, Flashcards, Stories, Charts, Lessons

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Are you looking for an affordable, easy-to-use, printable phonics curriculum? 


Are you hoping you can find a printable phonics curriculum that really does include everything you’ll need to enable your child to sound out all the words on the page?   


More and more of our children are falling behind in reading, and parents are becoming concerned, especially when they watch their child continue to struggle in reading even after reaching the 3rd or 4th grade. 


The fact is, America is loaded with children who struggle terribly in reading.  More than 8 million children in grades 4 through 12 are struggling to read.  Sadly, 1 out of 4 high school students presently reads far below grade level


So more and more Moms and Dads need help to make certain their child can read, and they need that help “now.”


That’s what the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum is all about.  It’s an affordable 4WAY Phonics Curriculum that’s available as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD that includes everything: 100 step-by-step, daily, systematic phonics lessons, rhyming phonics charts, sequenced phonics readers, continuous phonics drill, multisensory helps, free email coaching, and so much more!


Here’s what others are saying about the Candy 4WAY Phonics choice for their children and their grandchildren:

“We purchased the INSTANT DOWNLOAD of the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program. It’s fantastic. We only paid $9.97 and we got EVERYTHING. We got phonics charts and lessons and readers and instruction ebooks. I am using it with my two grandaughters who were way behind in reading. They’re all caught up now and way ahead in reading. The neat thing about the program — you can print it off brand new for every child you want to teach reading to. I will be using it for all the rest of my grandchildren as well. My girlfriend purchased it last summer for her grandkids — that’s how I heard about it; just type it into Google and you’ll find it.” (A Caring Grandmother)


“The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program has especially put the words ‘can read’ into my son’s life. You see, my son was in the first grade at the bottom of his class in all subject areas. My son couldn’t read. But now, he can read, just like Candy. Our son learned to read every word on the page using this phonics program.   He went from the bottom of his class to the top of his class in all subject areas. This year, in 2nd grade, he won 10 reading awards and he scored 100 reading points beyond any other 2nd-grade child in his school (not just in his class, but in his whole school)! My son deserved to be taught to read in the correct way. All I can say is, if you follow the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program step by step, IT WORKS!”  (A Happy Mom)


“I just wanted to thank you for the Candy 4 Way Phonics Program. My 8-year old daughter was really struggling with reading, and after buying at least 5 different phonics and reading programs, I was getting as confused as she was about phonics! I found your website and the price was what prompted me to try it. I bought the download, printed it and started her and her younger sister on Candy 4 Way Phonics. I can only say Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! This is finally making sense for all of us, even to this homeschooling mom! My daughter went from being reluctant about reading and guessing words to sounding them out. It makes sense to her. I praise the Lord for guiding me to your site.”  (A Homeschooling Parent)


“We are using the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program. As a result, our oldest daughter, Hallie, 7 years old, is reading. Collin, 4 years old, is beginning to read, and now even Ethen, 3 years old, can pronounce the sound of every letter in the alphabet correctly. Try it, use it, it works!”    (A Homeschooling Dad)


Moms and Dads, your child could be learning to read every word on every page. 

For just $9.97  you can purchase an INSTANT DOWNLOAD of the entire Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum that includes all of the following: 

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

2)  100 Daily, step-by-step 4WAY Phonics Lessons loaded with fun rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration

3)  Candy Sequenced Story Readers interwoven into the daily lessons 

4)  Colored Alphabet Rhyming Phonics Charts with Multisensory Vowel Helps

5)  Colored Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards

6) Colored Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts to give your child a lifetime of phonogram retention.

7)  Continuous Daily Phonics Drill

8)  FREE e-mail coaching


Candy 4WAY Phonics is a 4WAY Phonics approach written for today’s parents and children. 


It’s that same phonics approach that taught a little girl named, Candy, who struggled in reading, how to read every word on every page.   


Candy 4WAY Phonics is a complete, systematic 4WAY Phonics curriculum. 


– It’s parent/friendly!   – It’s affordable!   – It’s printable!   – It works!


And it’s available now, as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD, for less than $10.

Moms, Dads, your child could be learning to read effortlessly, sounding out every word on every page!  


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


What is Phonics? Are there Basic Phonics Rules? Here’s an Article on Phonics.

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Here is an Article on Phonics Instruction.



This article will answer questions like: 

What is Phonics? 
Are there basic rules for Phonics?
Can children who struggle in reading learn to read correctly with phonics?



A good article often begins with a STORY THAT’S TRUE.



So let’s begin with the TRUE STORY of:
Candy, the Little Girl Who Couldn’t Read! 


In the beginning
Candy could not sound out words with
short vowels,
long vowels,
consonant blends,
consonant digraphs,
vowel digraphs,
word families.


As a result, Candy couldn’t read:
  words or
 sentences or
connective words inside fun, interesting sentences.


   So, answering questions like:  
What? Where? or Who?    
was impossible for Candy.


    In addition, making any inferences in her reading
was just not happening.


   And then, one day,
Candy could sound out words with
short vowels,
long vowels,
consonant blends,
consonant digraphs,
vowel digraphs,
word families.


She could, also, answer questions like:
Who? What? When: Where? How?


She could make
inferences in her reading
and answer questions like:



However, in order to begin at the beginning,
you’d really need to hear the whole story.
Click here to read Candy’s TRUE STORY.