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It’s Second Semester, and Thousands of Older Children are Still Struggling to Read!

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Teaching your older child to read is NOT difficult! 


Your time in teaching, however, must include:

1)  a 20 to 30 minute, step-by-step, reading lesson each day 

2) a proven, affordable systematic 4WAY Phonics program.

Let’s face it, you wouldn’t be reading this page if your older child had learned to read every word on every page, and that is what every parent should desire for their child. Indeed, you might be the only one who really cares that your child is struggling to read, and that’s exactly why you need to know that your older child CAN learn to read every word on every page!


Very soon, in these next few months , thousands of American parents will discover that their little third or fourth grade child is struggling to read his school textbooks.


It is also quite possible that this is the first time these parents have become aware that their little guy or gal cannot read every word on every page. Sadly, this is because many of these parents have been led to believe that based upon a normal bell curve, their child has been doing “just fine” in reading.


The only problem is, NOW, these young ones are in the third or fourth grade, they are expected to read lessons from higher level textbooks and answer comprehension questions, and they are struggling to read every word on the page and to make total sense of the facts given in each paragraph.


You see, it’s a fact that most of our students today are learning to read using Look/n/Say, Whole Word methods, methods that are mixed with just enough phonics to make everyone believe that our students are learning to decode all the words on the page.


Unfortunately, what little 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 contained on 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!


According to Sebastian Wren, a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas, a competent reader (and that would be a reader who has learned to decode words by sounding them out from left to right) has a reading vocabulary of around 50,000 words.


However, Dr. Wren goes on to tell us that children who have been taught to read using Look/n/Say, Whole Word methods are only capable of memorizing a maximum of 5,000 words. According to Rudolph Flesch, author of Why Johnny Can’t Read, that maximum number is more in the neighborhood of 2,000 words.


Many educators today are completely unaware of the fact that the difference between a sight-reader and an intensive 4WAY Phonics reader can be seen by the comparison of how many words each type of reader can decode at the end of his/her fourth grade school year


By the end of third grade, the sight reader will be able to read 1,216 words and by the end of fourth grade, 1,554 words.  In comparison, by the end of third grade, the intensive 4WAY Phonics reader will be able to read an estimated 30,000 words (approximately the same number of words that are in his spoken vocabulary) and by the end of fourth grade, 40,000 words or higher!


Older students struggling to read, students who are victims of Look/n/Say, Whole Word reading techniques where children are asked to memorize numerous whole words from Word Walls and to search for “clues” to “figure out” what a word “might be” are children who, as a result of WRONG reading methods, have lost their self-esteem, have developed a fear of reading, and have experienced far too many situations where reading either silently to themselves or reading aloud in front of others has made them feel “dumb.”


Folks, this is an appalling situation!

It shouldn’t be taking place!

Nevertheless, this reading crisis for so many of our older children is happening!


THE GOOD NEWS, however, is: 

a) Parents can change these outcomes for their own child.

b) Parents can teach their own children to read every word on every page, and for less than $10.

c) Parents can raise their child’s self-esteem from bad to great.

d) Parents can take away their older child’s fear of reading.


Bruce Price, a novelist, author, and English Literature Honors Graduate from Princeton University sums up this dreadful whole-word reading process when he states:

“For the victims of Whole Word, every word is just a pile of sticks, a random assortment of scratches going in different directions…Similarly, a person literate in English knows that “busy” is a word but “bsuy” is probably a typo. A Whole Word victim sees nothing odd about “bsuy.”


Bruce goes on to explain that Whole Word victims are taught to memorize words in the same way that we memorize phone number. He describes the struggle that whole-word readers experience when they often reverse letters; as a result, they are often and regrettably mislabeled as dyslexic. When speaking about whole-word learners he states:

“There’s nothing odd about 1587649 compared to 1857649. Reversals are common when humans try to memorize either Whole Numbers or Whole Words. How many people could memorize even 100 phone numbers, never mind 500? In reading, such reversals are called dyslexia, an illusory problem created by an illusory pedagogy because of the “guessing and memorization techniques” they’ve been taught in their prior reading times.”


Parents, here are two more pieces of great news:

1) Your older child can learn to read every word on every page!

2) It will cost you less than $10 plus your time of just 20 to 30 minutes a day.

Click here to read about TEN STEPS you can take to insure that your child, no matter how old he/she is, can learn to read every word on every page.

Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics