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Free Phonics When American Kids Can’t Read

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Our National

Reading Report Card

is Failing Kids!


The Nation’s Report Card Shows Terrible Scores For Reading – ONLY 38% of seniors read above grade level and 25% of seniors read BELOW grade level.


Honestly, I can’t believe the NAEP even has enough guts to publish it.  The result is THAT bad!


Just in case you have been led to believe that the public school Common Core standards are producing reading levels for our children that are going up, that are getting better, think again. 


The dreadful results of our children’s reading levels are horrifically alarming and chock-full of present and future dismay.


 National Assessment of Educational Progressaverage scores for fourth and eight grade reading are disgusting. Only 34 percent of students were rated reading “proficient.” 

However, the worst part of the results is this: they’re being played by our educational establishment as “school success” instead of being reported for what they truly are:

a national school fiasco in literacy instruction.”


 Am I exaggerating? Sadly, no, I’m not. 


Look at the results, and YOU DECIDE.  Is this what you want for your child?



 The latest stats tell us that a whopping 64% of fourth graders are NOT reading at grade level.


The news is horrible at the older grades, too. By the time our present-day students complete the 8th grade, just before they enter high school, 66% of them are NOT reading at grade level.


That’s the bad news.  Would you like to hear some good news?


Our reading problem

is really simple to fix.


In fact, our nation’s reading problem is just as easy to fix as it was for a little girl named Candy who started out as the worst reader in her reading group.


Click here to read Candy’s True Story, and stop waiting on your child’s school to teach your child to how to read.  Your child can learn to sound out every word on every page.


Dads, Moms, make certain YOUR son knows how to proficiently sound out every word on every page for the rest of his life.


Make certain YOUR daughter knows how to proficiently sound out every word on every page for the rest of her life.


There is a step by step,



parent friendly,





Systematic Phonics Curriculum






Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics

Memorizing Whole Words Doesn’t Work!

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It is absolutely absurd


that American children


are not learning how to read!


Memorizing whole words

instead of learning to sound out words is ridiculous.


TONS OF CHILDREN are NOT LEARNING TO READ because instead of learning to sound out words, they are concentrating on The Common Core Dolch Sight Word List which emphasizes the memorization of WHOLE, high frequency “service words” for children as young as kindergarten.


Of course, the memorization of whole words is an ABSURD way to teach small children how to read, but most parents (and teachers) desire to trust “the educator” (or “the professor”) believing that it’s in the best interest of American children.


However, let’s imagine for just a minute if we taught other “services” in this same way. For example, let’s take the “servicing” of broken washing machines.


Suppose you decided to train someone who has been raised in a remote area (someplace where electrical service was not available) to “service” broken washing machines.


The first thing you’d need to show him is what an average homemaker knows:
1) what a washing machine looks like
2) what it does
3) which button to push to make it work


After that you’d take the washing machine apart and show him each mechanical part, explain each part’s function, and, finally, demonstrate for him exactly how each part carries out its function in correlation with all the functions of the other mechanical parts.


Now imagine just how RIDICULOUS it would be to skip all of that instruction (simply because teaching all of that takes so much time) and, instead, show your student pictures of each of the machine parts, and then ask him to memorize the name of each part by showing him the pictures of the parts over and over and over and over again.


Then, make your next step the following:

“Hey, Joey, now that you know what each part looks like, go on over to Mrs. Smith’s house and fix her broken washing machine.”


How many Joeys would be able to pull that off to a customer’s satisfaction?

You see, Joey may learn what a motor pulley looks like or he may be able to recognize an off-balance switch

or an agitator or a water inlet valve, but how many washing machines do you think Joey will go through before he either:

a) learns how all those washing machine parts function together or

b) develops such a low self image that he up and quits his job?



And yet,

as ridiculous

as all of that sounds,


all the necessary instruction

and jumping right into 

the memorization

of whole words

is precisely the method

we’re using to teach

our small children to read, 

simply because

our educators believe that

“Teaching phonics 

takes too much time!”  

(Yeah! That’s BOLOGNA!)


You see, instead of first teaching our students the individual letter sounds, and then teaching them the short vowel sounds and then building them into simple, short-vowel words by showing them how to BLEND THOSE SOUNDS TOGETHER in order to read beginning short-vowel words like:


INSTRUCTORS TODAY MAKE THE MISTAKE of trying to SAVE TIME by jumping them into memorizing WHOLE words like:


and even r-controlled words like:



No wonder so many kids hate school or develop self image problems.

We are asking them to do things in life we haven’t prepared them to do.

You don’t teach a kid how to swim by throwing him into the deep end of the pool and telling him to swim a few laps.

Yeah, some kids may tread water and make it, but I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that at least 40% of them WILL DROWN!


But, hey, what do we care, right? The majority survive. They muddle through. Hey, some even go on to college.



So how do we answer this absurdity?  I hear this one often:

“That’s life. I guess it’s about time we all learned to deal with disappointments. I’ve done everything I can, and my child still can’t read.”


MY ANSWER:  Have you tried a basic synthetic, step-by-step ABSOLUTELY FREE, parent-friendly phonics program?



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


P.S. check out our basic synthetic, step-by-step affordable, parent-friendly phonics program.  IT’S ABSOLUTELY FREE.  


 You CAN teach your child how to sound out every word on every page.

FREE PHONICS FOR the Child Who Failed Reading

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Was your child

placed in a

lower-level reading group

or did he fail his grade

after being tested in reading?


Many children are receiving the DIBELS Reading Assessment Test.


So what is DIBELS, and what is the outlook for your child NOW?



DIBELS stands for “Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills” and many, many school systems are now using these tests as a measure of how their students are doing in reading, and as an identifier of students that may be “at risk.” 


Children that are considered “at risk” are those that, according to research, are most likely to possibly fail at some point in their school careers.  Therefore, extra assistance is often suggested in order to prevent such failures.


But what is that “extra assistance” going to include?  More of the samo, samo?


You hear parents and teachers say, “It’s best if your child is placed into a lower-level reading group so he can compete with others at his reading level.”


They also advise that “The smaller reading group that the struggling reader is placed into will help him “catch up.”




Smaller remedial reading groups can’t hurt, but unless they include a systematic phonics curriculum, they aren’t going to do much to improve a child’s reading skills, let alone “catch him up.”


It really doesn’t matter what test you give a child to determine his reading level because unless systematic phonics instruction will be the outcome for students struggling in reading, all the tests and reading groups in the world are not going to help that student “catch up” to the rest of the class.


HOWEVER, if that child receives systematic phonics instruction, he WILL catch up, and he will most likely PASS UP the other students in the class.




Because systematic phonics instruction teaches children how to sound out every words on every page for the rest of their lives. 


It’s just that simple. 


Teaching a child to sound out a word from left to right, enabling him with the blending knowledge of all the letter combinations WILL produce a fluent reader. 


Moms, Dads, if your child has been placed in a lower-level reading group, STOP depending upon the teachers to catch up your child in reading.


Catch up your child YOURSELF.  YOU do the catching up with him.


Give him the step-by-step phonics instruction he needed in the first place, and do not break your bank account to purchase that curriculum.


For ABSOLUTELY NO COST AT ALL  you can download an INSTANT DOWNLOAD of a COMPLETE, Systematic Phonics Curriculum that includes all of the following:


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

  • An easy-to-understand “How to Follow this Program” guide.

  • 100 4WAY Phonics daily, fun-to-read lessons (packed with rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration)

  • 20 Sequenced Candy Readers

  • Rhyming Alphabet Charts with Multisensory Vowel Helps

  • Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards

  • 10 Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts

  • Sequenced Phonics Drill

  • Pronunciation Keys

  • Free Email Coaching from the President of Candy 4WAY Phonics


Do your child a big favor! Give him what he needs to learn to read proficiently for the rest of his life.



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics