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Choosing the Best Phonics Curriculum – Are All Phonics Programs the Same?

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ONCE A CHILD LEARNS TO READ, he can learn anything he needs to know.  So when a homeschool mom or dad looks for a phonics curriculum, they’re usually looking for a phonics curriculum that:  

1)    really and truly works

2)    uses a method with long-lasting, life-long results

3)    carries a child from preschool phonics all the way through 4th grade reading level and higher

4)    enables parents who have never learned phonics to teach phonics to their own child

5)    includes both lessons and readers

6)    is affordable

7)    is easy to teach

8)    is fun for a child to learn on a daily basis

9)    is easy to purchase

10) includes great customer reviews



Are all phonics programs the same?  Absolutely not! So how would a parent know if a reading program works?  What should that reading program do?


A good reading program should be based upon systematic phonics, and it should enable a child to learn to sound out every word on every page. A good reading program should not leave a child guessing at words or feeling as if his reading lessons are daily, large, dreaded mystery boxes that are painful to open.   


Are there different phonics methods presented in different phonics curriculums?   

Oh yes!  What’s more, the way in which children initially learn to approach words can make a world of difference later as they approach more and more multi-syllable and complex words and sentence structures. 

There are basically four phonics approaches on the market.  Candy 4WAY Phonics has chosen #4 below for some very good reasons.   

1. Word Family Approach

Children are taught to read beginning with linguistic phonics.  Linguistic phonics teaches word-family endings and then changes the beginning consonant sounds at the beginning of those endings to form three-letter words.  For example, the children will learn the sound of -at and then they will practice several -at words such as bat, cat, sat, and pat.  However, this method skips vital synthetic phonics instruction, it skips teaching a proper left-right reading sequence, and it skips teaching children how to distinctly differentiate between the vowel sounds.   It places all of its emphases on groups of letters contained at the end of words.   

With the Word Family Approach, a child hears the word pronounced in a left to right order, but he “sees” the word from an incorrect right to left order.  This can later cause confusion when children approach longer, multi-syllable words.  In fact, this can actually cause some children to see with a “dyslexia” tendency when they are really not dyslexic at all.     


2. The Word Family Approach presented Inside Little Reading Books

With this approach, word families are not drilled but presented in sentences inside little story books.  The story books often lack real story content, never move past “predictable” sentence structures, and offer pages such as:

Chad is sad.  Today, he does not wish to play.

Chad will nap today.

Mom sees Chad is sad.

Mom will get Chad to play.

Thus, children do not learn that reading is fun and interesting, and because of the repetitive phrases used in the stories, children learn to anticipate words rather than to approach and sound out words.   In addition, these reading programs start out at prices of $250 and higher. 


3. The Guided Reading Approach used in Public School Classroom across America.

This  approach insists that children memorize hundreds of whole words and then mixes all of that ridiculous memorization with a tiny bit of salt and pepper, embedded phonics.  It convinces children that words can be “figured out” or “guessed” by following little “clues.” Children do not ever learn to blend sounds together in words. 

This method doesn’t work, it leaves children guessing at words, it is not thorough , and it is the main reason why illiteracy has flourished in this nation since the 1950’s.   


4.  Beginning Consonant/Short Vowel Approach  – The (CV and CVC) Approach

With this method, children are taught to blend an initial consonant with a short vowel.  They practice saying all the short vowels sounds with one consonant at a time. For example, ba- be- bi- bo- bu. After this is mastered, consonants are added to form three-letter, short-vowel words. 

Children learn to master and “punch” the short vowel sounds first, then the long vowel sounds, and then the schwa vowel sound, thus giving children a solid foundation in the three distinct ways to pronounce vowels.  All three phonics approaches are used: synthetic, linguistic and analytic, and these phonetic approaches are presented in a sequence that produces lasting and lifelong sounding-out skills.    

The CV/CVC Method takes a tad bit longer in the beginning because it “builds” children into three-letter, short-vowel words, but children also gain a proper left-right reading sequence,

How does the CV/CVC approach begin? 

First, a child is shown an initial consonant in isolation and taught its sound.

Second, a child learns the short vowel sounds. 

Third, a child begins his blending skills by blending the consonant sound together with the vowel sound before adding the next consonant. There is no way for the child to go except from left to right, and with enough practice, he will gain an automatic left to right reading habit!  

With the CV-CVC approach, daily lessons are mastered before goingon to the next lesson.  The lessons use a combination of synthetic, linguistic and analytic phonics.  Children proceed to learn every possible phonogram and blend, reading from left to right, and proceed all the way through a 4th grade reading level and higher.   


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum uses Method 4 above, the (CV and CVC) Approach, but Candy’s Phonics also adds another fun approach entitled R’sA Phonics (rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration).  This is because at Candy 4WAY Phonics, we desire that homeschooling families receive a solid, phonetic/reading curriculum that is both easy to teach and fun to use but that is also thorough, encouraging children to master one lesson before proceeding to the next and not to quit until they have mastered every possible sound within words


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum begins by teaching what each of the vowels sound like as individual letters. Children build into three-letter, short vowel words and go on from mastering short vowel words on to long vowel words, and continuing through all the rest of the phonograms as they are presented in daily phonics lessons and sequenced readers (readers presented after every five daily lessons).   

Moreover, a child’s daily phonics lessons include only words, sentences and stories that contain letters, blends, and phonograms he has already mastered in previous lessons.  As a result, children learn both sounding-out skills and fluency skills and are eventually able to sound out every word on every page.


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum is available to anyone, anywhere on the globe, in printable, non-consumable format for just $9.97.   


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum is an easy to teach, step-by-step COMPLETE systematic phonics program.  It begins a child as young as 4 years old with synthetic, phonetic letter sounding and blending and carries that child all the way through every possible phonogram and blend he’ll ever need to know for the rest of his life.  In addition, it presents spelling rules throughout its 100 phonics lessons.  For just $10 more, parents can receive the entire curriculum on CD-Rom including an Audio CD-Rom in which they can hear every letter and every word and every sentence read aloud for all 100 lessons, eliminating all the guesswork. 


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum is loaded with fun rhyming, alliterative, and rhythmic sentences and stories that eventually give way to 3rd and 4th grade excerpts, poems and other materials containing connective words and varied sentence openers


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum includes 100 daily, step-by-step phonics lessons, 20 story readers with real story content, rhyming alphabet phonics charts, continuous phonics drill and review, rhyming phonics flashcards that enable children to advance from single letter sounds to two and three letter blends, one-syllable words, and multi-syllable words. It also includes rhyming Lifetime Phonics Charts that enable children to remember all the sounds they’ve learned for the rest of their lives


Candy 4WAY Phonics encourages children to master the distinct short and long vowel sounds, phonogram sounds, and blends until they can fluently read through sentences containing words that make up both simple and complex sentence patterns. 


Candy 4WAY Phonics comes as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD that includes lessons, charts, flashcards, and readers that moms can “print as they go.” The curriculum is set up this way to give homeschooling parents a complete phonics curriculum that is both affordable and non-consumableparents can purchase the program just once and use it to teach all of their children how to read.


Moms, Dads, Grandmas, Grandpas, check us out.  Read what others are saying about this affordable, thorough, systematic 4WAY Phonics Curriculum. 


And if you haven’t read the true story of little Candy, please take the time to do so.  It’s a great story! 




Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


Help! My Fourth Grader Still Struggles in Reading! – Is There Such a Thing as a Fourth Grade Slump?

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Did you just hear the words, “Your child needs to improve in reading?”  


Did you just receive your older child’s grade card only to find that it reported one low grade after another, and you suspect it’s because your child cannot read? 


Sadly, studies prove that there really is such a thing as a fourth grade slump.  In the fourth grade, students are no longer learning to read; rather, they are now reading to learn.  So as students  begin to encounter more and more words not found on high-frequency word lists, words that they have not memorized and do not have the skills to sound out, their grades in other subjects such as math, science, history, and literature begin to slump. 


Far too often, I’ve heard comments from parents such as the following: 

“I’ve tried everything to help my child desire to read. I have tried different books written about subjects he likes, but he still has no desire to read.


“I’ve read out loud to her, and I’ve tried to sound excited about what I’m reading, but she wants nothing to do with books or reading.


“Nothing works with my fourth grader. She still hates reading. She just dreads reading.


“I’ve tried giving my fourth grader $25 for every improvement he makes in his reading grade.   He doesn’t want the money badly enough, I guess.


“I’ve tried taking my 10-year-old son’s video games away from him to give him more time to read. He despises reading. Nothing is working. He still can’t read.


“My fourth grader struggles to read the words on the page. He rushes through his tests and gets failing test scores. I think it’s because he can’t read all the words; he doesn’t understand what he’s reading.


“My fourth grader reads so slowly that by the time he gets to the end of the paragraph, he can’t remember what he’s read.


“My ten-year-old skips so many words that it’s impossible for her to understand any of what she read.



So why do so many of our children struggle to read when they reach the fourth grade? 


Simply put, if a fourth grader is struggling to read, it’s because he’s never learned how to sound out all the words on the page.


He may have learned a few words from memory, and he may have learned a few “word parts,” but he hasn’t learned all the possible phonograms that make up words, and he hasn’t learned how to blend together those phonograms from left to right in both familiar and unfamiliar words.


He hates reading because he’s tired of constantly running across words he doesn’t know.


A child who has not learned how to blend together from left to right all the possible sounds that makeup words can easily develop both an enormous fear and an intense hatred toward reading.


Following is an example of how easily we can give a child a hatred for reading.  Let’s suppose that you are a child who has not learned all the sounds that make up words and that you have not learned how to sound out from left to right both familiar and unfamiliar words .

This is what you might “see” as you attempt to read through a paragraph: 

Yesterday, Ben fxxlxshly dxxxded to vxxlt a sizxxbxx wall with his skateboard, a wall that his parents had caxtxxxxed him time and time again not to jump. As he xxproxcxxx the wall, he was only slixxtly xwarx of the imxxnent pexxl. His heaxt pumped inside his chest as he found himself adjaxxnt with the wall. As his skateboard axxended upwaxds, all of a sudden, he lost command of the boxxd. After that, all he could recoxxxxt was landing dixectxx on the tip of his upper cranixm as well as feeling a painful pulsatixxx in his neck. And then, nothing!


You see, there would be just too many phonograms and too many vowel blends that you would not know, and you would be forced to guess at the words that you couldn’t read. It’s for sure, the chore of “guessing at words” gets real old, real fast!


Now, let’s suppose that this is what you see in every paragraph you encounter, paragraph after paragraph, page after page, day after day. How much would you desire to read books if this is what you saw when you looked at the words on the page?


Yet, this is exactly how we are training our children in reading. Guided reading asks children to memorize hundreds of whole words without teaching them the individual letter sounds or how to blend those letter sounds and letter combinations together.

Children in America’s classrooms do not know how to distinguish between the vowel sounds.

They do not know how to tell if vowels are short or long.

They do not know the sounds of blended letter combinations such as ea (ea can say three different sounds), ough (ough can say five different sounds) or ear (ear can say three different sounds) and so, we are also imparting to so many of our students a genuine hatred toward books and reading.


However, did you know that children who have gone through a systematic, synthetic phonics curriculum have learned all their letter sounds, vowel sounds, and combination letter blends?  Did you know that these phonics first children sound out words straight through from left to right with no problem.  Did you know that children trained in intensive phonics do not have to guess at words because they know how to sound out words they’ve never seen before?   


In fact, the following is what a systematic phonics student would have seen and been able to read if he had been shown the same paragraph above.


Yesterday, Ben foolishly decided to vault a sizeable wall with his skateboard, a wall that his parents had cautioned him time and time again not to jump. As he approached the wall, he was only slightly aware of the imminent peril. His heart pumped inside his chest as he found himself adjacent with the wall. As his skateboard ascended upwards, all of a sudden, he lost command of the board. After that, all he could recollect was landing directly on the tip of his upper cranium as well as feeling a painful pulsating in his neck. And then, nothing!


Well, you say, “phonics curriculums are fine for those parents who can afford them, but I don’t have $200 to $300 to spend for lessons and charts and readers and flashcards.”


The folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics understand this dilemma, and that’s exactly why we offer a systematic 4WAY Phonics curriculum that includes everything the high-priced phonics curriculums include such as:  daily, fun, systematic phonics lessons, phonics charts, phonics readers, phonics drill, phonics flashcards, and so much more for less than $10

That’s correct!  Don’t let the price fool you!  You really will receive all of the above for just $9.97.

To learn more about: 

affordable multisensory phonics flashcards and wallcards

affordable phonics games

and a COMPLETE and soooooooo affordable phonics curriculum that enables parents to teach their children, age 4 through Grade 4 to sound out words using a systematic, step-by-step, easy-to-understand, fun 4WAY Phonics curriculum, click here (Note – if your child is 10 or 11 years old and cannot read, take him through this program from the very beginning to be sure he has all the reading building blocks necessary to be able to read every word on every page.) 


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

Printable Phonics Games, Worksheets, Books, Readers, Flashcards, Stories, Charts, Lessons

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Are you looking for an affordable, easy-to-use, printable phonics curriculum? 


Are you hoping you can find a printable phonics curriculum that really does include everything you’ll need to enable your child to sound out all the words on the page?   


More and more of our children are falling behind in reading, and parents are becoming concerned, especially when they watch their child continue to struggle in reading even after reaching the 3rd or 4th grade. 


The fact is, America is loaded with children who struggle terribly in reading.  More than 8 million children in grades 4 through 12 are struggling to read.  Sadly, 1 out of 4 high school students presently reads far below grade level


So more and more Moms and Dads need help to make certain their child can read, and they need that help “now.”


That’s what the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum is all about.  It’s an affordable 4WAY Phonics Curriculum that’s available as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD that includes everything: 100 step-by-step, daily, systematic phonics lessons, rhyming phonics charts, sequenced phonics readers, continuous phonics drill, multisensory helps, free email coaching, and so much more!


Here’s what others are saying about the Candy 4WAY Phonics choice for their children and their grandchildren:

“We purchased the INSTANT DOWNLOAD of the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program. It’s fantastic. We only paid $9.97 and we got EVERYTHING. We got phonics charts and lessons and readers and instruction ebooks. I am using it with my two grandaughters who were way behind in reading. They’re all caught up now and way ahead in reading. The neat thing about the program — you can print it off brand new for every child you want to teach reading to. I will be using it for all the rest of my grandchildren as well. My girlfriend purchased it last summer for her grandkids — that’s how I heard about it; just type it into Google and you’ll find it.” (A Caring Grandmother)


“The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program has especially put the words ‘can read’ into my son’s life. You see, my son was in the first grade at the bottom of his class in all subject areas. My son couldn’t read. But now, he can read, just like Candy. Our son learned to read every word on the page using this phonics program.   He went from the bottom of his class to the top of his class in all subject areas. This year, in 2nd grade, he won 10 reading awards and he scored 100 reading points beyond any other 2nd-grade child in his school (not just in his class, but in his whole school)! My son deserved to be taught to read in the correct way. All I can say is, if you follow the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program step by step, IT WORKS!”  (A Happy Mom)


“I just wanted to thank you for the Candy 4 Way Phonics Program. My 8-year old daughter was really struggling with reading, and after buying at least 5 different phonics and reading programs, I was getting as confused as she was about phonics! I found your website and the price was what prompted me to try it. I bought the download, printed it and started her and her younger sister on Candy 4 Way Phonics. I can only say Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! This is finally making sense for all of us, even to this homeschooling mom! My daughter went from being reluctant about reading and guessing words to sounding them out. It makes sense to her. I praise the Lord for guiding me to your site.”  (A Homeschooling Parent)


“We are using the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program. As a result, our oldest daughter, Hallie, 7 years old, is reading. Collin, 4 years old, is beginning to read, and now even Ethen, 3 years old, can pronounce the sound of every letter in the alphabet correctly. Try it, use it, it works!”    (A Homeschooling Dad)


Moms and Dads, your child could be learning to read every word on every page. 

For just $9.97  you can purchase an INSTANT DOWNLOAD of the entire Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum that includes all of the following: 

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

2)  100 Daily, step-by-step 4WAY Phonics Lessons loaded with fun rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration

3)  Candy Sequenced Story Readers interwoven into the daily lessons 

4)  Colored Alphabet Rhyming Phonics Charts with Multisensory Vowel Helps

5)  Colored Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards

6) Colored Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts to give your child a lifetime of phonogram retention.

7)  Continuous Daily Phonics Drill

8)  FREE e-mail coaching


Candy 4WAY Phonics is a 4WAY Phonics approach written for today’s parents and children. 


It’s that same phonics approach that taught a little girl named, Candy, who struggled in reading, how to read every word on every page.   


Candy 4WAY Phonics is a complete, systematic 4WAY Phonics curriculum. 


– It’s parent/friendly!   – It’s affordable!   – It’s printable!   – It works!


And it’s available now, as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD, for less than $10.

Moms, Dads, your child could be learning to read effortlessly, sounding out every word on every page!  


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics