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Marva Collins and Her Multisensory Phonics Wall Cards

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Marva Collins knew how to nurture in children the desire to learn. She began by surrounding her classroom with those old multisensory wall cards published “back then” by Open Court. She began with phonics because learning to sound out every word on every page was the 1st, vital, ever-so-necessary step to learning.


Of course there’s a whole lot more to Marva Collins than just how she used her multisensory phonics flashcards / wall cards, but those multisensory phonics wall cards certainly supplied her with a beginning phonemic awareness program for the students who entered her classroom.  Marva Collins knew how to use every phonetic resource she could get her hands on because she knew that phonics was the key to reading and spelling.  


Now, Moms and Dads,

you can get your hands on

an awesome phonics

reading/spelling resource

at an affordable price for everyone.  


Let’s face the truth. Even the preschool children who entered Marva’s classroom, no matter what their background, were reading by Christmas. 


That’s because Marva told those children that there wasn’t anything they couldn’t accomplish, she used massive doses of encouragement, and she used proven educational methods.  Using multisensory tools to build early phonemic awareness into each child’s brain coupled with a systematic phonics program that taught left-right letter blending and syllabication skills were two of those proven methods.


Now, before I show you an extremely affordable phonics/spelling, let me briefly explain the importance of blending together sounds which is the crux of phonics skills.  Let’s begin with phonemic awareness


If you’ve never heard that term before — phonemic awareness –it’s an awareness that children develop as they learn to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes — the smallest units of sound.  


For example, the word “cat” has three phonemes:  c  /  a  /  t.

The letter c sounds like the hard sound of /k/.
The letter “a” is pronounced here with  its short sound as in “a” – apple.
The letter “t” sounds like “t”—table.

In order for a child to sound out the word “cat,” he must be adept in hearing, identifying and speaking those three phonemes. 


This is precisely why we created The Candy 4WAY Phonics 65 Multisensory Large Wall Cards, and why we’ve made these cards absolutely affordable for anyone!


One sure way to build a child into a “reader” is to supply him with the proper foundational reading tools. Marva Collins believed that systematic phonics was a foundational reading tool, and coupled with her follow-through, and her belief in the children themselves, she applied systematic and multisensory phonics tools until COMPLETE learning took place.  


Multisensory phonics wall cards were tools that helped Marva to introduce letter sounds into each child’s mind.  If you’ve ever viewed the television special about Marva Collins, you’ll remember those vintage multisensory alphabet wall cards that surrounded her classroom?  Each large, multisensory letter wall card illustrated one multisensory picture that represented one of the alphabet letter sounds, a perfect phonics tool to begin a young child on his way to reading every word on every page.  Unfortunately, those wall cards are now out of print and “vintage” for sure. 


This is why The Candy 4WAY Phonics 65 Multisensory Large Flashcards / Wall Cards  have been patterned after those vintage wall cards, except that Candy’s Cards have been updated with this generation’s thoughts and styles, and they are available at NO COST – FREE OF CHARGE.


How can multisensory phonics tools enhance learning?  Multisensory training takes advantage of the way our senses–hearing, sight, and touch — reinforce one another as we learn.  The combination of listening, looking, and moving presented in these multisensory cardscreates a lasting impression—things connect to each other and letter sounds begin to fit into place in a child’s mind. 


How old must a child be before he can gain phonemic awarenessA child as young as 3 years old can learn to recognize and sound out phonemes and phoneme blends.  The studies prove that when children develop prior phonemic awareness as an early skill, it sets a strong foundation for reading success? 


Moreover, it’s best to build phonemic awareness skills into a child’s early education to make certain he continues to build upon that solid systematic phonics foundation that will enable him to read every word on every page.  


The studies prove (and 100’s of studies have been performed since 1911) that teaching a little one the sounds that correlate with the alphabet letters at the very BEGINNING of that child’s reading instruction coupled with using a follow-through systematic, phonics program will not only enable that child to jump leaps and bounds ahead of children presented with a look/say guided-reading method, but it will also carry that child into reading “for meaning” at a much faster and more productive rate than look/say students.  


Reading is the foundation for learning, and besides all the other wonderful worlds that a child can experience through the written word, we must certainly acknowledge that God above everyone else wants HIS children to learn how to read every word on every page of HIS Book.


Parents, you can make that happen for your child.  

AT ABSOLUTELY NO COST – FREE OF CHARGE –  you can DOWNLOAD Candy’s Multisensory Flashcards/Wall Cards


Parents, may God richly bless all of your efforts!


Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics 




Free Phonics-First Curriculum

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My husband and I are retired. We’ve decided to go 100% ABSOLUTELY FREE with ALL our digital PRODUCTS. We’ve gone with a different web hoster and made it easy for you to simply click on a resource, extract the file, click on it once again and then download it FOR FREE.

You can now have a COMPLETE systematic phonics curriculum AT NO COST. You can even download the audio files FOR FREE by which you can HEAR all the phonics lessons read aloud.

FREE Connective Transition Words Resource

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An Essay Grade A



Oh my!


How much better our kids


could be doing on their essays


if only they knew


this one simple secret.


Because I tutor many college kids in their university English classes, I see way too many students struggling with essay writing in their general education classes all because they never uncovered one crucial piece of information, information that could have shown them how to get a Grade A Essay!  Moreover, they could have been learning how to get a Grade A Essay since the 5th grade. Yet, it was a total mystery to them.  If only someone had taken the time to emphasize how important it was to learn this simple skill and to teach them, through ample practice, just how to compose a Grade A paper.


What is it that I see all the time?  What is this secret skill that is missing from so many essay papers?  It’s the secret to success that can be found in any journal or essay or story when the student/writer knows how to recognize and use connective words.   Indeed, far too many of our students have no clue how to connect the ideas of their paragraphs together using transitional, connective-word phrases. 


I see it over and over again, week after week, year after year, their written papers have no continuity, no flow because they have very few connective word phrases at the beginning of their paragraphs. Consequently, there just aren’t enough “connectives” to enable the reader to follow along with the young author’s logic. So I asked myself, why aren’t these kids learning to do this – to connect together the ideas presented in their paragraphs?     


Frankly, by the time I’ve reached a good many of their second paragraphs, I’m very often TOTALLY confused as to what they’re trying to say and where they’re headed with their papers.  Time and again I ask them to reread their essays aloud so that THEY can see the lack of flow. 

Afterwards, I presented them with sample lessons contained in our latest ABSOLUTELY FREE Connective Word Resource Package INSTANT DOWNLOAD for elementary and high school students.  Subsequently, little by little, they begin to use more and better connective words at the beginning of their paragraphs until their papers, at last, begin to make sense.


Of course, the BIG PLUS for them when they start using connective word phrases at the beginning of their paragraphs is a better grade on their paper because let’s face it, whenever a paper is easy for the teacher to read through and understand, the higher of a grade that teacher is going to place on that paper. 

That’s just life – it’s the way it is.  


Teachers, Moms, Dads, the time to help our children become comfortable using connective word phrases at the beginning of their paragraphs is from 5th grade through high school, so that by the time they reach their college English classes, it’s THEIR papers that the professor enjoys grading.  


I’m delighted to say, there is now an ABSOLUTELY FREE, easy-to-use, printable teacher resource that can help our kids learn to RECOGNIZE, CHOOSE and USE connective word phrases at the beginning of their paragraphs.


Click here and check it out – it’s an ABSOLUTELY FREE DOWNLOAD RESOURCE, and it will help students learn to see, recognize, and use connective word phrases at the beginning of their paragraphs.  We chose “story starters” as our avenue to get the connective-words message through to American students.  This brand new Teaching Connective Words Package INSTANT DOWNLOAD includes so much!  

Don’t miss this one!   


Sincerely, Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics