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Poor Reading Skills Often Cause Poor Math Skills! Can Your Child “Reason”?

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Poor reading skills


result in


poor reasoning skills


and that means


poor grades


in all areas of




including math


word problems.



Why is this?


Children use their reading skills to organize facts in order to “reason.” When children reason, they collect and organize the facts they read and they draw conclusions based upon what they perceive those facts are telling them.

Many times, children are required to come up with their own personal researched opinions in response to questions that have no single correct answer.  This is called “making inferences.”   However, when children are not capable of consistently reading what’s on the page, then drawing conclusions or making inferences in any given area of study, will affect their grades.

QUESTION: What is “reasoning,” and how often are children expected to reason?

ANSWER: Reasoning is when children learn to think clearly and efficiently in a given academic area. Reasoning is expected of children as soon as they enter any area of study. It is one of the most valuable tools children need to succeed in school .  Reasoning is when a child must draw a conclusion based upon the facts presented or make an inference based upon the facts that are given coupled with the facts that are not given.  Inferences require reasoning skills, and reasoning skills require that a child be able to read all the words on the page.

Children must be able to read accurately and fluently in order to:

a)  compare and contrast

b) determine cause and effect

c) detect particular perspectives

d) understand an exact logic

e) reach conclusions

f) develop personal inferences based upon the reasoning they’ve used.

The following is a breakdown of how children are expected to reason in various school subjects.

Social Studies – Children read an assignment in social studies, and they use their reasoning to answer certain questions:

Is this culture like mine?

Is this government apt to succeed?

How are the people of this culture different from the people in my culture?

Would I enjoy living in this culture?

Math – Children read a story problem in math, and then use their reasoning to answer certain questions:

How many are they talking about?

How are the different areas of this problem interrelated?

What is the question asking for?

Have I learned any part of this concept before and can I use that information to help me solve this particular problem?

Science – Children read an assignment in science, and they use their reasoning to answer certain questions:

How do the facts in this experiment depend upon each other?

How do the concepts presented in this lesson relate with the concepts I have already learned?

Why was my answer to this science question marked wrong?

Do I believe that the facts presented could supply long term disadvantages or advantages for our society?

Literature – Children read an assignment in literature, and they use their reasoning to answer certain questions:

Does this story take place in the past? If so, are the verbs in this story in the past tense?

In what point of view is this story presented?

How are the descriptions of the characters in this story relevant to the plot?

What and where is the conflict presented in this story?

Given the same circumstances, how would I respond if I were the character in the story?


Success in

every academic area

depends largely upon

a child’s ability

to accurately and fluently

read all the words

in the assignment.


A child must be able to read an assignment with accuracy and fluency before he can connect and relate the facts presented.

If a child cannot read his assignments accurately, easily, and fluently, then he’s going to eventually hate reading and he’s going to eventually hate school.

Likewise,  if a child cannot read his math word problems accurately, easily, and fluently, then he’s going to eventually hate math and he’s going to eventually hate school.

He is going to believe he is dumb; and you can count on it, he’s going to choose companions who also believe they are dumb. What a child believes about himself will dictate his future choices.

In fact, Lesley Morrow, the Past-President of the International Reading Association, unreservedly made the statement that there are certain states in our country that plan or project their future prison cell space based upon the early reading scores of their children. Indiana and California are just two examples of states who base the number of new prison cells that will be needed upon the early literacy skills of their students.

Dr. Grover (Russ) Whitehurst, the Director of the Institute of Education Sciences, and an Assistant Secretary of Education with the U.S. Department of Education under the Bush administration tells us the following:  “… we have from thirty-eight to forty percent of children not reading at the basic level at fourth grade. That means they are unable to deal with age appropriate written text and understand the text or make reasonable inferences from what they’ve read in the text. We know that children who have that sort of difficulty reading in fourth grade, without extraordinary help, are going to continue to have real difficulties down the road…it flows into other subject matters, the ability to finish school, the likelyhood that they will drop out, their potential for life success, getting a good job. So, while in some sense we’re doing well in reading and some of our students read very well, I think it’s simply intolerable that so many children have not got it by fourth grade and all of the negative consequences that flow from that really are a national crisis, something that has to be addressed by the federal government.”

Dr. Grover also tells us that “the predictability of reading for life success is so strong, that if you look at the proportion of middle schoolers who are not at the basic level, who are really behind in reading, it is a very strong predictor of problems with the law and the need for jails down the line.”  Grover goes on to say that, “People who don’t read well have trouble earning a living. It becomes attractive to, in some cases the only alternative in terms of gaining funds, to violate the law and steal, to do things that get you in trouble. Few options in some cases other than to pursue that life. Of course reading opens doors.”

Moms, Dads, let’s face the facts.  Early reading skills predict future academic ability as well as future employment success.    All the excuses in the world that we give for why a child cannot read are not going to change that fact.

The absence of adequate reading skills for a child is a forerunner, a most definite indication to parents and teachers, that they should expect continuous educational difficulties in other subject areas from that child.

Children do not

outgrow reading problems.

Reading problems

create bigger problems!


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Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

My Child Complains When it’s Time to Read! He Hates Reading!

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Does your child moan and groan

when it’s time to read? 


It’s true that once your child learns to read, you can encourage him to read more by building off what he already knows.  Connecting him to a book that has something to do with his hobby, or a favorite movie, or a favorite sport is a good way to encourage additional reading. 


However, if a child cannot sound out all the words on the page

he will not want to read.   


So after you’ve taught your child to read, then you can interest him in additional reading by building off what he already enjoys.  

But let me stress, once again, your child need to learn how to sound out every word on every page.  Moreover, your child isn’t the only child struggling in reading.  There are so many children in America who cannot sound out every word on every page that it’s scary!   

Why do American children have such a horrible reading problem?

American children have a reading problem because the teaching of reading in American public schools is totally wrong and flies in the face of all logic and common sense.


What’s the answer?

Well, the ideal answer would be for American public schools to change their ways, but that’s probably not going to happen.


You see, that kind of change would require that our educational professionals (who for the past 80 years have been engaged in teaching children to do everything BUT sound out the words on the page) stop defending their teaching methods in reading.


Is there another answer? 

Yes, there certainly is, and it’s an answer that is Feasible, Affordable, and Reliable!


It’s an answer that enables Moms and Dads to take their children FAR beyond 4th grade level reading and to watch their children naturally progress into sounding out words at college level by the time their children graduate from high school. 


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As my daughter jokingly says: “I’m gonna say this one more time, and then I’m gonna say it again!”

So here is what I’d like to say, “one more time“!

Moms and Dads, if we don’t do something to fix the reading problem among American School children, then over 1 million illiterate teens will quit school and continue to head for the streets every year! 

One of those teens DOES NOT have to be YOUR child! 

A child who learns to effortlessly sound out every word on every page does not moan and groan when it’s time to read!



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics