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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