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Help! My Child Can’t Read! Most Children Who Struggle in Reading Do Not Have Dyslexia.

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Too often, I don’t see a child

with reading problems

 until he/she is older. 


This is because parents wait to seek help.  They have one stressful teacher conference after another, but nothing ever really changes.  At this point, parents begin to fear that their child has a learning disability. 

Everyday, all across America, moms and dads are Googling: “Help! My child can’t read!” only to come across website after website warning them that their child probably has a learning disability.


After all, little Johnny or little Susy cannot read,

so there must be something wrong with them. 



In reality, most children are NOT learning disabled.  In fact, according to Bruce D. McCandliss of the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology Weill Medical College of Cornell University, only about 5 to 17 percent of the entire American population has actually been diagnosed with dyslexia. 

That means that most children who struggle in reading do not have dyslexia. 

I just have to ask this question:  Doesn’t it make more sense to first look  for another reason behind the inability of non-reading students  – another reason other than that of a learning disability?  It’s true that a small number of children have learning disabilities, but could the child’s reading problem possibly be stemming from the use of a flawed, inconsistent, ridiculous reading method?   

Unfortunately, too many moms and dads wait until their child’s situation gets bad enough before they question the reading methods being used in their child’s classroom – before they realize that their own personal intervention is the necessary step needed to fix the problem.

Most of the children I work with who struggle in reading are helped by giving them systematic, step-by-step phonics lessons – lessons that begin at the beginning and carry a child from simple alphabet sounds all the way through each and every phonogram.    Making certain that a child has all the building blocks necessary to sound out every word on the pageis the only way to be certain he has gained the skills to truly read everything put in front of him.

The sight reading methods taught in our American schools do not work.  They are flawed.  They have always been flawed, because these methods teach children to memorize words as whole units, relying on the picture on the page, word walls, the shape of the word and context clues to help children guess at words.   

Rudoph Flesch, author of the 1985 renown book entitled: Why Johnny Can’t Read,  stated the problem so simply when he wrote:


“ You know that I was born and raised in Austria.  Do you know that there are no remedial reading cases in Austrian schools?  Do you know that there are no remedial reading cases in Germany, in France, in Italy, in Norway, in Spain – practically anywhere in the world except in the United States?  Do you know that there was no such thing as remedial reading in this country until about thirty years ago?  Do you know that the teaching of reading never was a problem anywhere in the world until the United States switched to the present method (look/say/sight reading) around about 1925?”


Parents, we all know that children who can read every word in their textbooks are also the children who can comprehend most of what they read, who can spell correctly, who achieve higher grades in all subject areas, who go through school feeling confident.  These are the children who pride themselves in their daily accomplishments, children who pick the right kind of friends, children who pursue extra-curricular activities.

The whole package begins somewhere, and most often that package begins by making sure that a child can sound out words.  So, please, don’t wait.  When you see your child guessing at words, looking for clues in the context of the sentence, looking at the shape of the word in order to figure out what the word is, these are the first telltale signs that he/she is NOT getting systematic phonics. 

Moms, Dads, you can give your child what he/she needs early on.  For less than $10 you can give your child a complete phonics education.  Why not start that reading adventure today? 

The folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics are here to help


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

If My Child Can’t Read, is He Learning Disabled?

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It Happened Again.


You Saw the Report Card.


He’s Below Average in Reading.


You’re worried. You don’t know what to think. You don’t know what to do.  


You want to trust the teacher when she says, “Wait a while!”


However, you don’t trust that “waiting awhile” is really going to do the trick.  


Your child is getting older every year, not younger, and that window of opportunity to learn to sound out words is quickly slipping away.

You see more and more of these types of comments on your child’s report card:

Your child has difficulty distinguishing sounds in words.
Your child needs to increase his speed and comprehension in reading.
Your child is not able to blend short words using the vowels without assistance.
Your child is not learning to attack words independently.
Your child’s reading is jerky, hesitant,irregular, slow.
Your child does not comprehend what she reads.
Your child is not interested in books or reading.
Your child cannot read to follow directions.

Or Your child brings home notes that say any of the following:

Your child cannot recognize sight words.
Your child needs a lot of repetition and practice in order to retain reading vocabulary.
Your child still confuses words that look alike.
Your child’s reading is not yet automatic.
Your child cannot read his sentences back.
Your child has difficulty distinguishing sounds in words.
Your child has not developed a mature reading vocabulary.
Your child confuses sounds.
Your child has difficulty remembering the spelling of non-phonetic words.
Your child cannot spell.


 So what’s next? How are you supposed to know what to do?


 I know this may sound trite, but have you tried systematic phonics?


 I’m not talking about the type of phonics that the teacher is telling you that your child is “already getting.”


I’m not talking about the type of reading instruction that teaches your child to memorize whole words from a word wall and then throws in a little bit of phonics.


I’m talking about systematic, phonics first, step-by-step phonics – the kind of phonics that does not force children to memorize hundreds of whole words from the Dolch Sight Word List.


I’m speaking about the kind of phonics that was still around when all the John Boy Walton’s were growing up.


It’s a fact, children who lived just prior to and through the Great Depression learned to read using a systematic, phonics-first curriculum in which they learned all their letter sounds, vowel sounds, and every other possible phonogram, and then they learned to blend all those letter sounds together , from left to right, in every word on every page.


Those were children who did not have to guess at words because they knew how to easily sound out words they had never seen before?


Well, you say, “phonics curriculums are fine for those parents who can afford them, but I don’t have $200 to $300 to spend for lessons and charts and readers and flashcards.”


The folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics understand this dilemma, and that’s exactly why we offer a Systematic 4WAY Phonics Curriculum that includes everything the high-priced phonics curriculums include such as: daily, fun, systematic phonics lessons, phonics charts, phonics readers, phonics drill, phonics flashcards, and so much more for less than $10.



That’s correct! Don’t let the price fool you! You really will receive all of the above for just $9.97.



To learn more about a COMPLETE and soooooooo affordable systematic 4WAY phonics curriculum that enables parents to teach their children, age 4 through Grade 4, to sound out words using a systematic, step-by-step, easy-to-understand, fun 4WAY Phonics curriculum, click here.


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

Why Use a Free, Online Phonics Webpage When You Can Purchase a COMPLETE Phonics Curriculum for Just $9.97?

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Phonics curriculums that include daily phonics lessons, multisensory tools, phonics readers, phonics flashcards, phonics charts, and spelling rules for all four grades of reading materials can cost parents as much as $300 to $400 dollars. You can say it! Ouch!

As a result, many parents have resorted to using free, online phonics webpages.

However, there is one COMPLETE phonics curriculum that includes everything (lessons, charts, readers, flashcards, drill, multisensory tools, spelling lessons for every grade level from age 4 thru grade 4) for just $9.97.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not. At Candy 4WAY Phonics we mean it! We really want to provide parents with a COMPLETE phonics curriculum at an affordable price!

You see, there was once a little girl who couldn’t read; and then she could read, thanks to a systematic 4WAY phonics reading program. Her name was Candy, and she learned how to read every word on every page. Moreover, YOUR child can learn to read just like Candy reads!

Find out about the phonics curriculum that enabled little Candy to progress from being the worst reader in her reading group to becoming the best reader in her reading group.

Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics