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I Sure Hope My Third Grade Child Learns How to Read this Year! FREE PHONICS!

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It’s true.  If a child has not learned how to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade – well – to put it mildly, he’s in trouble!

What’s more, here is what happens later on when parents and teachers FAIL to make certain that their first through third graders LEARN TO READ:


Illiteracy Statistics

In a study of 20 ‘high income’ countries, the US ranked 12th on literacy tests. Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their child. A few other shocking facts:


  • 7 million Americans are illiterate.
  • 50 percent of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level.
  • 20 percent of Americans are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level.
  • 30 million Americans cannot read a simple sentence.


Just about everything has been blamed for the fact that far too many of our children are struggling in reading, that far too many of our third graders cannot read all the words on the page proficiently.  There’s been finger-pointing accusations such as the following:

  • It’s the parent’s fault

  • It’s the fault of the unions!

  • Those government bureaucrats are hindering teachers because of all their ridiculous requirements.

  • My child has a bad teacher!

  • My child must be ADD or ADHD or hyperactive!

  • My child hates school!

  • Our government isn’t giving teachers enough money!


At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we have another solution: Give the students systematic, one-on-one, phonics/first, step-by-step reading instruction.  Teach the kids to stop guessing at words and teach them instead how to sound out every word on every page from left to right.


How are we doing that?


We’re doing it by encouraging parents to teach their own children how to read.  We’re offering parents (and teachers) an INSTANT DOWNLOAD Systematic Phonics COMPLETE Curriculum that is parent/friendly and 100% ABSOLUTELY FREE – a COMPLETE phonics-first curriculum that parents can DOWNLOAD and receive INSTANTLY.


This COMPLETE step-by-step,synthetic phonics curriculum includes all of the following:


  1. An Introductory eBook entitled: How to Teach Candy’s Systematic 4WAY Phonics

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

  3. 100 Systematic Phonics daily, fun-to-read lessons (packed with rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration)

  4. 20 Sequenced Phonics Readers

  5. Rhyming Phonics Alphabet Charts

  6. Multisensory Phonics Vowel Helps

  7. Rhyming Phonics Alphabet Flashcards

  8. 10 Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts

  9. Sequenced Phonics Drill

  10. Easy to read Pronunciation Keys


In addition, this ABSOLUTELY FREE SYNTHETIC, PHONICS-FIRST COMPLETE CURRICULUM includes FREE Email Coaching from the President of Candy 4WAY Phonics.


CSo click away to get your ABSOLUTELY FREE COMPLETE systematic, synthetic, phonics/first curriculum.


If you would like to find out how (for under $10) you can receive an entire phonics-first, step-by-step curriculum INSTANTLY so that your child can learn to fluently sound out every word on every page, we encourage you start by reading little Candy’s TRUE STORY.



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


My Older Child Cannot Read. Are There Different Techniques to Use to Teach an Older Child Phonics?

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When I was eight years old, my mother decided that I needed to take piano lessons.  She signed me up, and I took lessons and played in recitals for seven years.  I had an excellent teacher, and I learned a great deal.


However, when I reached age 15, I decided that I really wanted to devote myself to the girl’s basketball team and to the school debate team.  Thus, I quit piano lessons — my mother was sooooo upset!  I didn’t touch another piano key until I was 30 years old. At that time our church needed a piano player, so  I signed up, once again, for piano lessons. 


I told my new piano teacher how “fantastic” I used to be.  She pulled out a large red book and said, “That’s great!  But you’ll need to start all over again with this book, ‘Teaching Little Fingers to Play.’ 


You see, I could remember many things from my childhood piano lessons, but I had also forgotten many things.  My new teacher knew that if I didn’t start all over again, I would have huge gaps in my piano education. 


So I began my music lessons all over again, but this time, I soared through the lessons.  Within one year I was back where I had left off at age 15. 


Teaching older children to read follows with this same logic.  I see so many websites devoted to teaching older children to read, but most of them completely skip the step that reads, “Your child will need to start again at the beginning.”  Starting over again with Lesson One is even more important to an older child who has been taught to read with the look/n/say method or with a guided reading program that mixes look/n/say with implicit, salt and pepper UNsystematic phonics. 


Have you ever seen an infected wound?  Can you even imagine what would happen if you put a band-aid over that wound without first cleaning it out and dressing it with the proper ointment?  Telling older children that they can learn to read using systematic phonics without also telling them that they will need to start over again is just like putting a band-aid over an infected wound!  All of the child’s reading problems will just grow and multiply and fester.  He will have large gaps in his reading education, and you won’t ever have a clue where those gaps are! 


THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS:  Start an older child over again using a systematic phonics program and you’ll be astonished at how quickly he picks everything up compared to a younger child.  Teaching an older child or an adult to read goes along so much faster than teaching a younger child to read.


Remember Marva Collins?  Marva used systematic phonics and she had ALL of her first graders and many of her kindergarteners reading by Christmas. Can you imagine how much faster those same lessons moved along for an older child?


At Candy 4WAY Phonics we believe that teaching a child to read shouldn’t cost parents a fortune.  This is why for just $9.97 you can change the direction of your older child’s life with our Systematic, COMPLETE 4WAY Phonics  Curriculum.


For just $9.97, you can teach your older student  how to read, all over again, except this time around, your child can receive step-by-step, systematic daily phonics lessons and sequenced readers following after every five lessons.


For just $9.97  your child can learn to read every word on every page. 


Check us out:  Candy 4WAY Phonics.


We claim to be The Best Phonics Bargain in Town, and we really are!




Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics



Is Your Older Child Still Struggling with Sight Words? Does He/She Stumble Over Words, Skip Words, Mumble Words, Guess Words, or Substitute Words?

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Very soon, before the end of this school year, thousands of American parents will discover that their little third, fourth, or fifth grader is struggling to read his school textbooks.


Moms, Dads, your older child does not have to go through junior high and high school missing key points in his lessons because he misreads words in his textbooks.  For less than $10 you can change the reading success of your child.  


Unfortunately for many parents, and through no fault of their own, this is the first they have come to realize that their little guy or gal cannot read every word on every page. Many parents are in this same boat because they have been led to believe that based upon a normal bell curve, their child has been doing “just fine” in reading. 


So many children memorize just enough sight words to convince their teachers and their parents that they can fluently read.  Sadly, however, hundreds of thousands of older children every year have finally reached the place where there are just too many whole words for them to remember.  Moreover, because they have not been taught how to sound out and blend together all the phonograms inside words, they do not have the skills to sound out every word on every page. 


Being capable of sounding out every word on every page is a grave problem, because when older children make it into the third, fourth, or fifth grade and they find themselves stumbling to read words, they become self conscious, and, oftentimes, terribly humiliated, because they are expected to read lessons from higher level textbooks, answer comprehension questions, and make total sense of the facts given in their lessons. 


Moms, Dads, did you know that it’s a fact that most American students today are not learning systematic, explicit phonics?   Instead, our children are learning to read using Look/n/Say, Whole Word methods, methods that are mixed with just enough implicit phonics to make everyone believe that they are learning to decode words.


Unfortunately, the little bit of implicit phonics that has been presented in so many of our classrooms has given way whole-heartedly to the memorization of Whole Words printed on Word Walls and then filtered into the monotonous pages of easy-to-read I Can Read Books.


Moms, Dads, children cannot continue to memorize or guess every whole word on the page after they’ve reached the higher grades.  It just isn’t possible!


Our children should be able to sound out every word on every page. Learning to read should not be a big mystery box that children struggle to open; however, that is exactly what our American public school classrooms have turned reading into.


Parents should be concerned about their child’s reading grades because, regrettably, only 70% of U.S. schoolchildren will actually graduate from high school.


It’s a well-researched, but often heartrending fact, that reading ability severely affects lifelong success?


At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we believe that children deserve to learn to read everything put in front of them so that they can move up to other necessary skills like comprehension and inferential thinking – lifelong skills that will give them jobs with adequate incomes – lifelong skills that will move them into households far above the poverty level.


Isn’t that what you want, too!   Please, check us out!  When your child learns to read every word on every page, we know you’ll be glad you did!



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics