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We Need to Teach the Phonics Rules!

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It just scares me


that so many of our children


in this great nation


are growing up


without ever learning


the phonics rules.



You see, rules make a difference in life; rules make a difference in the mechanics of reading and in making sense of what we read. Likewise, phonics rules make a huge difference in the way children see words which will make a difference in how our children interpret the meaning of those words.


Reading words should be EASY by the time a child reaches the fourth grade.  The blending of sounds and syllables should effortlessly spill out of a child’s mouth by the time he graduates from the third grade.




Sadly, children are NOT learning the phonics rules, so the effortless blending of syllables and sounds is NOT taking place in fourth grade, in fifth grade, in sixth grade, in junior high or in high school.  And, yes, that means it is NOT taking place fluently in our colleges either. 



For example, if a child does not know how to correctly pronounce and distinguish between the basic short and long vowel sounds and if a child does not know the rules that make those sounds long or short, he will eventually struggle reading words he is not familiar with.

If a child does not know his diphthongs and that those letter combinations create brand new vowel sounds, he will eventually struggle reading words he is not familiar with.

If a child does not know his digraphs and that those letter combinations create brand new sounds, he will eventually struggle reading words he is not familiar with.

If a child does not know his long vowels and that an open syllable that ends in a vowel will cause that vowel to say its long sound, he will eventually struggle reading words he is not familiar with.

If a child does not know why and when the letter “C” and the letter “G” say their soft sounds and if he does not know the unique sounds of R-controlled phonemes, he will eventually struggle reading words he is not familiar with.



There are many, many phonics rules, but they each follow a pattern and they can EASILY be taught to a child if he is given explicit, intensive step-by-step, lesson by lesson phonics training in his early years. Moreover, if a child is trained in this way, he will have no problem dividing a word into sounds and syllables from the junior high years and beyond – it will be second nature to him – something he doesn’t even have to think about.


Folks, that is NOT happening in our schools today, and we now have a nation FULL of illiteracy – a nation where our people cannot read – a nation where our people are afraid to even try to read – a nation where our people can’t get jobs or live a full life because they cannot read every word on every page effortlessly.


Has your child gone through this explicit, intensive phonics training?

If not, give it to him now. 

If he is older and struggling in reading give him that training now. 

If he is in the 4th, 5th, 6th,7th, or 8th grade and struggling in reading, give him that training now.


Our children deserve that training.  They deserve to know how to sound out, effortlessly, every word on every page for the rest of their lives.


Dads, Moms, Grandparents, now for ABSOLUTELY NO COST, you can make that happen for your child. With the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum, your child can systematically learn all the phonics rules, step by step as well as gain access to daily phonics rules charts, rules for teaching phonics and printable phonics rules.  


YOUR CHILD can learn to sound out every word on every page. It happened for a little girl named Candy.



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


Our Teachers do NOT know Systematic Phonics!

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So many  parents today


are exclaiming:


“Help!  My child is not learning 

to read in his classroom!”


This is because our teachers do not know phonics – synthetic, explicit, systematic, phonics-first phonics; so our public schools are failing to teach our children how to sound out words systematically, using a systematic phonics curriculum.


This is NOT the fault of our teachers.  Sadly, the colleges our teachers are trained in do not offer them methods classes in explicit phonics or in how to teach the sounding out of the phonograms in a systematic form.


So our kids are memorizing words like “elephant” in kindergarten or first grade without first learning how to sound out words from left to right or that the letters ph represent the sound of letter f


Oh, I know, there are plenty of children coming home with smiles because their report cards tell parents that their children are learning to read, but it’s a hoax.


It’s simply not true. Children are NOT LEARNING to sound out words; children are learning to either memorize whole words or they are taught “to guess” at words based upon the context of the sentence, the shape of the word, or how the word begins.


 You see,  the standard for the meaning of “literacy” has changed. You can see that changing standard when you read our newspaper articles or when you read the words put up on the screens in our church praise and worship time. There are spelling errors and homonym errors galore.


This is because children are being taught to read using whole language memorization by teachers who only know how to teach using whole language memorization, in spite of the fact that one of the standards set forth in the Common Core Guidelines is that children should be taught to read using systematic phonics.  

 Sadly, even though Common Core standards call for systematic phonics, our children are NOT receiving it because there isn’t one state college ANYWHERE in the nation that teaches our teachers systematic phonics. As a result, there are also NO READING CURRICULUMS in the public schools that teach systematic phonics.


 Are you understanding now


why our children


cannot sound out words


and why 40% of our fourth graders


cannot read at grade level?  




When the majority of our teachers themselves have been trained to read through sight-reading techniques and, then, are not being offered a college training course in systematic phonics, it spells disaster for the next generation of public school students.


The late Phyllis Schlafly explained perfectly what’s going on in American public classrooms when she said:


“Whole Language teaches children to guess at words by looking at the pictures on the page, to memorize a few dozen frequently used words, to skip over words they don’t know, to substitute words that seem to fit, and to predict the words they think will come next. The child who is taught those bad habits, instead of how to sound out the syllables, will never be able to read big words or become a good reader.


Many schools give high grades and happy report cards to children who are good at guessing and memorizing words, so parents don’t realize that their children are being taught to guess instead of to read. Self-esteem is a higher priority than literacy.”


There is a solution, and it is ABSOLUTELY FREE.   I know, it sounds too good to be true; but it is, nevertheless, TRUE.


Candy 4WAY Phonics offers a systematic phonics curriculum, complete with step-by-step colorful fun lessons, spelling rules, flashcards, sequenced readers, systematic review along the way, FREE email coaching – you name it – it’s a COMPLETE Systematic Phonics Curriculum INSTANT DOWNLOAD for FOR FREE


Moms, Dads, you can make a difference in your child’s life. 

Your child CAN learn to sound out every word on every page.

Teachers, YOU can learn how to teach Systematic Phonics.



Check us out:



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


P.S. Don’t forget to read little Candy’s TRUE STORY.

FREE PHONICS FOR the Child Who Failed Reading

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Was your child

placed in a

lower-level reading group

or did he fail his grade

after being tested in reading?


Many children are receiving the DIBELS Reading Assessment Test.


So what is DIBELS, and what is the outlook for your child NOW?



DIBELS stands for “Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills” and many, many school systems are now using these tests as a measure of how their students are doing in reading, and as an identifier of students that may be “at risk.” 


Children that are considered “at risk” are those that, according to research, are most likely to possibly fail at some point in their school careers.  Therefore, extra assistance is often suggested in order to prevent such failures.


But what is that “extra assistance” going to include?  More of the samo, samo?


You hear parents and teachers say, “It’s best if your child is placed into a lower-level reading group so he can compete with others at his reading level.”


They also advise that “The smaller reading group that the struggling reader is placed into will help him “catch up.”




Smaller remedial reading groups can’t hurt, but unless they include a systematic phonics curriculum, they aren’t going to do much to improve a child’s reading skills, let alone “catch him up.”


It really doesn’t matter what test you give a child to determine his reading level because unless systematic phonics instruction will be the outcome for students struggling in reading, all the tests and reading groups in the world are not going to help that student “catch up” to the rest of the class.


HOWEVER, if that child receives systematic phonics instruction, he WILL catch up, and he will most likely PASS UP the other students in the class.




Because systematic phonics instruction teaches children how to sound out every words on every page for the rest of their lives. 


It’s just that simple. 


Teaching a child to sound out a word from left to right, enabling him with the blending knowledge of all the letter combinations WILL produce a fluent reader. 


Moms, Dads, if your child has been placed in a lower-level reading group, STOP depending upon the teachers to catch up your child in reading.


Catch up your child YOURSELF.  YOU do the catching up with him.


Give him the step-by-step phonics instruction he needed in the first place, and do not break your bank account to purchase that curriculum.


For ABSOLUTELY NO COST AT ALL  you can download an INSTANT DOWNLOAD of a COMPLETE, Systematic Phonics Curriculum that includes all of the following:


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

  • An easy-to-understand “How to Follow this Program” guide.

  • 100 4WAY Phonics daily, fun-to-read lessons (packed with rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration)

  • 20 Sequenced Candy Readers

  • Rhyming Alphabet Charts with Multisensory Vowel Helps

  • Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards

  • 10 Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts

  • Sequenced Phonics Drill

  • Pronunciation Keys

  • Free Email Coaching from the President of Candy 4WAY Phonics


Do your child a big favor! Give him what he needs to learn to read proficiently for the rest of his life.



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics