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Free Phonics Solves the Crime of Illiteracy

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so much crime these days,


and yet


we miss the crime


right in front of our noses.




What is that crime?


That crime is


allowing our children


to struggle in reading.


The result of that crime


is illiteracy. 




The fact is, our children aren’t learning how to sound out every word on every page so they can become proficient, life-long readers, yet they and their parents are being told in the 1st through 3rd grades that their child is reading “just fine.” 


It’s humiliating for a child to be told he can read and then reach the 4th grade and find out that he can’t read. 

It’s like giving someone false hope – a false belief – and that’s a crime! 

Hope deferred


makes the heart sick,


but a longing fulfilled


is a tree of life.


(Proverbs 13:12) 


Allowing whole generations of children to become lifetime struggling readers is a crime. It’s a crime that’s been around since our school systems bought into whole-word, sight-reading methods of reading instruction. Sight reading leaves big gaps in reading education because it leaves the decoding process at the mercy of a child’s guesswork.


I am the author of The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum,  a 4WAY Phonics program updated specifically for today’s parents and based upon a 4WAY Phonics method that’s been around since the 1950’s. Believe me when I say that just like a little girl named Candy, who lived in a small town in Iowa back in the 1950’s, children who are given the chance to read using a correct systematic, intensive 4WAY Phonics program CAN learn to read.  When we give our children the knowledge to sound out every word on every page, it’s like giving them “a tree of life.” 


Click here to read the TRUE STORY of a little girl named Candy.  Candy couldn’t read, and then, just six months later, she COULD; and your child can have the same happy ending as little Candy.   


Parents, if your child is struggling with reading, please try systematic 4WAY phonics before you allow your levels of frustration to peak!


Just like little Candy, who left her look/say reading group as the POOREST reader in the class to attend systematic phonics lessons in a little white cottage behind the school, and then returned to her regular classroom as the BEST reader in her reading group, your child can learn to read, too, by using a proper systematic phonics program. Soon, your child could be reading fun stories written with connective words, stories that allow Moms and Dads and their children to talk, compare, evaluate, and make inferences.


Parents, really, you have nothing to lose, but your child has everything to gain!


The COMPLETE Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum, Ages 4 thru 10, is now available in printable, INSTANT DOWNLOAD format as well as AUDIO LESSONS READ ALOUD for ABSOLUTELY FREE.  

In His Service,

Carol Kay


Spelling with Ziplock Bags and Magnetic Letters!

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Magnetic Letters


Inside Zip Lock Bags


Can Make a HUGE difference


For Learning to Sound Out Words!



Zip Lock bags and magnetic letters work wonders for teaching kids how to spell phonetically, especially when followed up with reading the word and writing the word that was placed inside the bag.


Phonetically spelling words is so important,  and the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum for just $9.97 is helping parents teach their children to read thousands of words by sounding them out.

In addition to our many affordable phonics materials, we really enjoy finding hands-on ways to introduce phonetic concepts to children.  Spelling and sounding out words always go together, so I’m delighted to share this zip bag technique with you because it really, really works!


A simple approach like this can make all the difference in the world in how well a child learns:

1)    A spelling rule

2)    How to apply that rule when approaching a word

3)    How to picture a word

4)    How to arrange that word

5)    How to sound out and write that word

6)    How to hear and sound out that word from dictation.

Here’s how it works:

  • Look ahead at your child’s reading lesson that day.

  • Count and write down the words that you know he’ll struggle with.

  • Now, on the outside of the zip lock bags you’ll be using, label with a black magic marker a number on the outside of each bag. For example, if you have 5 words, then you’ll have 5 zip lock bags numbered 1 thru 5.

  • Write or type the words on a separate sheet of paper in the order you desire to introduce them to your child.

  • Place the magnetic letters for each one of those words in the zip-lock bag labeled with the number you desire for that word (one bag per word).

  • Now get out your magnetic board and hand the zip lock bag to your child. Have your child pour out the letters and place them randomly up on the magnetic board.

  • Tell your child the word, and have him spell the word with the letters he has placed up on the magnetic board. Help him sound out each word as he spells it with the magnetic letters. Make sure you tell him that he has to use ALL the letters in the bag.

  • Next, have him copy the word either on a dry erase board or a chalkboard or in a pan of salt if you think that would be fun.

  • Now, erase that word. Put the letters back into their bag, and go on to the second word in the zip bags while following the same procedure. Introduce all the zipped bags of words in the same manner.

  • When you’re all done, dictate each word to your child (one at a time) and have him write out each word with a pencil or on a dry erase board or on a chalk board (this time he’ll need to sound out the word from memory, so don’t hesitate to help him if he needs the help. You want him to spell the word correctly so that the first time he sees his own writing of that word, he’s looking at the correct spelling of the word).

  • Finally, take him into the reading lesson. Sounding out those “words to watch for” should now prove to be a tad easier for him.


Have fun with this – phonetically spelling words is supposed to be fun to learn!

If you need to break this whole plan up into two or three sessions – do it!



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

P.S. Don’t forget to read Candy’s True Phonics Story!





How do you teach a child to read? FREE PHONICS FOR STRUGGLING READERS

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So how do you


teach a child TO READ


who cannot read?



Well, let’s look at the story of a real little girl who couldn’t read and find out how she learned to read every word on every page.


The story begins in the life of a real little girl named Candy. 


Read Candy’s True Storyand remember, if your child cannot read, your child can learn to read every word on every page, just like Candy.



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics