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Children are Learning the Wrong Kind of Phonics in the Public School Classroom.

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 QUESTION: Do children get phonics in school?

 

ANSWER:  Yes and No.  It depends on “which kind” of phonics you’re referring to.  There are two kinds of phonics:  ONE TYPE produces readers and the OTHER TYPE produces guessers.

 

QUESTION:  What are the two kinds of phonics?

ANSWER:  There are two kinds of phonics:  implicit (embedded) phonics and explicit (systematic) phonics.

 

QUESTION:  What is the difference between implicit and explicit phonics?  In other words, what is the difference between embedded and systematic phonics? 

ANSWER:  We can see the difference only by explaining the reading approach of both methods.  So let’s begin by explaining Implicit, Embedded Phonics.

 

Implicit, Embedded Phonics

Implicit, Embedded phonics begins with a WHOLE WORD and works down to smaller parts.  So when a child is taught to read using implicit phonics, blending and building a word (sounding it out from left to right) is NOT taught.

Can you imagine memorizing 300 WHOLE words every year?  Well, this is exactly what many American children have attempted to do; and, as you can imagine, many of those children have failed miserably!  

 With implicit phonics, a child does a great deal of “guessing.” In fact, he is taught that “guessing” is the correct approach to “figuring out what the word is. ”

Children taught with implicit, embedded phonics are instructed to:

1) “Guess” at the word by looking at the picture on the page.

2) “Guess” at the word by looking at the beginning and ending letters of the word.

3) “Guess” at the word by attempting to recognize the word ending or any other “chunk” of the word in the middle or at the end of the word.   

4) “Guess” at the word by looking at the shape of the word.

5) “Guess” at the word by reading the rest of the sentence to see which word “would make sense in the sentence.”  

Because children using the implicit, embedded phonics method are given a “salt and pepper” phonics, their “phonics” education begins with the memorization of whole blended “chunks” within words instead of with the correct pronunciation and blending of the individual letters that begin words.  

With implicit, embedded phonics, the child is told to look for a whole “chunk” inside the word that he recognizes.  As a result, a child often begins reading the word at the spot where he recognizes the whole “chunk” rather than to begin reading the word at the beginning of the word.   

 

Now let’s look at Explicit, Systematic Phonics. 

Explicit, Systematic phonics begins a child with the smallest part of a word, a single letter sound.  That child then learns to blend that single-letter sound with another single-letter sound.  From there he moves on to digraphs and diphthongs and phonograms always blending together all the sounds in a word from the beginning of the word all the way through to the end of the word, reading the word from left to right.     

With explicit, systematic  phonics, children are NEVER taught to guess at words.   

With explicit,systematic phonics all words are read from left to right, which follows in the natural order, because sentences should be read from left to right.  

 

QUESTION:  Do both implicit and explicit phonics teach children to read? 

ANSWER: Sadly, many parents today have been told by their child’s teacher that their little one is receiving phonics, and they probably are.  However, the phonics that American children receive in their public classrooms is the embedded, implicit, watered-down kind of phonics. 

In addition, by using the Dolch Sight Word List, teachers are insisting that children “guess” at “whole” words.  They then insist that children learn to say those whole words faster and faster within sentences instead of learning to to take their time and “sound out” and properly ascertain what all the words in the sentence really are. 

As a consequence of implicit, embedded phonics, children:

a)  Read words that aren’t really there,

b) Skip words,

c) Substitute wrong words for the actual words on the page, 

d) Mumble words.  

Subsequently, comprehension levels (a child’s understanding of the sentences he is reading) are floundering for far too many students.  

In today’s American public school classroom, our children are NOT learning explicit, systematic phonics.  They are getting watered-down, implicit, embedded phonics coupled with the guided reading guessing-game reading approach, and that is precisely why so many of our children cannot easily sound out every word on every page.

Most folks do not realize that American public school teachers do not receive explicit, systematic phonics training in any of their college classes.  Because of this, teachers are not aware of the damage that is happening to children when they are not learning to sound out words.  Children are often labeled as learning disabled or as ADHD or any other of a number of labels, when really, they just need the chance to adequately learn all the sounds within words and how to blend all those sounds from left to right.   

Even those very few teachers who were personally raised with explicit, systematic phonics instruction rarely use systematic phonics in the classroom because:

Today, the concept of Guided Reading is a featured technique in nearly every elementary school in America.  (Open Education, Fountas and Pinnell).

 QUESTION:  Is there a solution?  Is there some way for our children to receive explicit, systematic phonics instruction so they won’t have to guess at words?  

ANSWER:  There sure is!

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 an adequate income – lifelong skills that will move them into households far above the poverty level.

While it may be true that almost HALF of American adults grew up as children who struggled in reading, YOUR child doesn’t have to join that statistic.

 

Parents, you can teach your own children to read using a correct, systematic 4WAY Phonetic system, a system that includes daily, easy-to-follow step-by-step lessons, step-by-step rhyming phonics charts, sequenced phonics story readers, and rhyming flashcards. 

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum:

–INCLUDES AN ENTIRE 4WAY PHONICS PROGRAM

 

–WILL COST YOU just $9.97

 

–INCLUDES FREE EMAIL COACHING

 

–WILL TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ OVER 30,000 WORDS AND MORE

 

–WILL TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ EVERY WORD ON EVERY PAGE!

 

Moms, Dads, your child CAN learn to read!

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics
www.candy4wayphonics.com

P.S.  Candy 4WAY Phonics also makes Multisensory Flashcards/Wall Cards and PDF File Folder Phonics Games available at affordable prices for everyone. 

Printable Phonics Readers

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QUESTION: What should a printable systematic phonics reader do for a child?

ANSWER: A systematic phonics reader should show a child what he has already learned, give him extra practice reading phonetically, and prove to the child that he can read. 

QUESTION: So how are Candy 4WAY Phonics Readers different from other story readers?

ANSWER:   Candy 4WAY Phonics Readers  are different from other story readers in 5 BIG ways:

1) Letter sounds and blends contained on the pages of each phonics reader are learned by the child BEFORE he reads the story. For just $9.97, parents are purchasing a COMPLETE Printable Systematic Phonics Curriculum that includes sequenced phonics readers that follow after every five daily phonics lessons (100 systematic phonics lessons – 20 sequenced colored phonics readers). 

2) Candy Story Readers are used after the child has already learned every sound in every word of each reader.  So children are reading stories that they are capable of reading with ease plus a measure of fluency.  Candy readers convince children they are smart, that they are, indeed, learning to read. 

3) Rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration, a key element of many Candy Phonics Readers, makes learning to read more fun!

4) Small stories build into longer stories as children move on to read sentences containing connective words and complex connective words (subordinate clauses, infinitive phrases, and participial phrases.)   Therefore, Candy Phonics Readers, unlike other phonics programs, progress from six pages up to twenty-nine pages depending upon where a child is in his daily phonics lessons

5) Sentences containing varied connective-word sentence openers introduce children to higher level reading abilities (fourth grade reading level and well beyond).  Studies clearly demonstrate that when children DO receive these types of complex sentence structures, they are better able  to express complex ideas, to paint word pictures, and to convey complex relationships.

Click here to read more about Candy Phonics Readers and to skim through Candy Story Reader samples!

Sincerely,  

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics 

Did Your Child Fall Behind in Reading this Year? You Can Change all That With this Affordable Phonics Program!

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Have you been told that your child fell behind in reading this year?

 

Children who cannot read every word on every page often:

 

a) Rush through tests skimming through only the words they CAN read.

b) Do not like to read

c) Stumble over the words on the page, substitute words, or skip words while reading

d) Fear they are stupid or that there is something wrong with them

e) Complain that they don’t like school

f) Either go into a shell, become angry, or become the class clown.

g) Often have a stomach ache in the morning

h) Tell you that their favorite part of the school day is recess

i) Do not really have a favorite subject in school

j) Talk about their friends but never about their school classroom

k) Ask if you will read books, homework assignments, or directions for them

 

Just like you, other parents are struggling with this same problem, and, as a result, are searching for  COMPLETE systematic phonics curriculum at an affordable price to use in their own home with their own child. 

The good news is:  Your child CAN learn to read every word on every page.

Hi, I’m Carol Kay, the President of Candy 4WAY Phonics . I’ve had the pleasure of teaching intensive, systematic 4WAY Phonics for over 28 years in school classrooms, in homes, in my kitchen, in libraries, in coffee shops, on front steps, in driveways and ANYWHERE else that I could find a child who is struggling in reading.

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program is based upon that same 4WAY Phonics method that taught a little girl named Candy how to read back in 1956.

You can read more about Candy’s TRUE STORY by clicking on the words: TRUE STORY.

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program is based solidly upon that same 4WAY Phonics that taught little Candy to read every word on every page, except that Candy 4WAY Phonics has been updated for today’s generation of parents and children.

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program incorporates 4 phonics approaches: synthetic, linguistic, analytic, and R’sA (rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration). It’s a complete, AFFORDABLE, systematic phonics program, and it’s written specifically for parents in a step-by-step, easy-to-understand way. 

Nothing touches my heart more than a child who is struggling to read, especially when I know there is a solution. It’s true that some children do suffer from learning disabilities, but according to evidence from the National Reading Panel’s Meta-Analysis as reported by the American Educational Research Association, one-on-one tutoring in systematic phonics instruction produces the BEST READING RESULTS among beginning readers as well as low and middle SES readers and younger and older RD students. Of course, little Candy, now all grown up, has known that for 51 years.

In addition, the Meta-Analysis proved that systematic phonics produced lasting benefits for all these student types not only in their abilities to sound out words, but also in their comprehension and spelling abilities.

The Candy 4WAY Phonics goal, therefore, is this: To Help Parents to Teach Their Own Children to Read!

If you’ve read the true story of little Candy, you’ll see that, fortunately, little Candy was a poor enough reader that she qualified for 4WAY Phonics help. HOWEVER, this is NOT the story for hundreds of thousands of school-aged children today.

Our schools do not offer systematic 4WAY Phonics . In fact, the phonics offered in our schools today is NOT explicit systematic phonics. It is implicit, embedded phonics sprinkled in tiny amounts on top of large servings of look/say reading.

Parents, The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program was specifically written for Moms and Dads to help them solve this reading crisis among our children!

We would love to help YOU to help YOUR child to read. Please believe me when I tell you that is, indeed, possible!

Candy 4WAY Phonics comes with everything you’ll need:

*Step-by-step, easy-to-understand Instructions

*Rhyming Charts

*Daily step-by-step lessons

*Sequenced story readers following after every five daily lessons

*Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards

*Lifetime Phonics Charts

And the best news of all — You can purchase all of this for just $9.97.

It all comes with free email coaching, and email coaching works when parents remember that: NO QUESTION IS DUMB! ALL QUESTIONS ARE SMART!

Each question we receive is a valued question. Through those free coaching emails, you will be speaking directly with me, Carol Kay, President and Author of Candy 4WAY Phonics Program —– and a very, very close friend of Candy.

Sincerely, Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics