Archive for November, 2010

Getting Ready to Read – Preschool Phonics – Affordable Preschool Phonics Reading Resources – Preschool Phonemic Awareness Lessons

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Louisa C. Moats, co-author of Straight Talk About Reading, says phonemic awareness is essential because our writing system is a representation of speech sounds. Louisa tells us: 


Ninety percent of the time, kids who have reading problems have a weakness in their ability to detect and identify speech sounds.


Louisa is soooooooo correct! 


Identifying speech sounds, however, is just the beginning of “getting ready to read.”  Sadly, simply identifying speech sounds is where most preschool reading programs end


At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we believe that preschool children should be given the opportunity to learn to blend those sounds together.  We also believe that parents and teachers deserve easy-to-print, easy-to-prepare, and easy-to-present phonemic awareness tools.  This is why we have created two phonics/reading resources for parents and teachers to use with their preschool children:


1)     The Candy 4WAY Phonics 31 Multisensory LARGE A to Z Wall Cards introduce children to the “sounds” of the letters.  These LARGE, colored, multisensory cards represent the sounds for each of the alphabet letters as well as both the long and short vowel sounds. This is an ideal resource for children ages 2 through 4 who are learning the sounds of the alphabet letters.  This is a phonics item that makes it easy for parents to prepare and print preschool phonemic awareness helps. 


2)    Likewise, The Candy 4WAY Phonics Preschool Package begins children ages 3 through 5 with Candy’s 31 Multisensory LARGE A to Z Wall Cards, but also includes the following:


a)    Candy’s 82-page How to Teach Systematic 4WAY Phonics 

b)   Candy’s Rhyming Alphabet Charts 

c)    Twenty-five Candycane Step-by-step Daily 4WAY Phonics Preschool Lessons 

d)   The Candycane Sequenced Preschool Lesson Drill Sheets 

e)    A Preschooler’s 1st Reader 

f)     Achievement Award Certificates

 g)   Moreover, because 62% of the English language is made up of short-vowel words and syllables, this preschool package also includes Farmer Dan’s Critters File Folder Phonics Games (two phonics games that cover consonant-vowel initial blends, all the blend ladders, and all the possible CVC Words. You will also receive 96 game cards that can also be used as flashcards so parents or teachers can select specific blend ladders and CVC Words for each game.


As preschool children practice and master the phonological skills presented in these resources, they will be not just be ready to read, they will actually be reading!



QUESTION:  Are these resources affordable?


ANSWER:  These resources are absolutely affordable!  You can purchase either of these preschool phonics items as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD for less than $10 to print as much as you want, as often as you want, for as many children as you want. 



To view these products and other INSTANT DOWNLOAD, affordable phonics resources, visit the Candy 4WAY Phonics INSTANT DOWNLOAD Resource page


Every child deserves not only to be ready to read, but to actually read!  Give your child that chance. 


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


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

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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. 


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


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! 


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics