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Our 8th Graders Cannot Read

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Let’s face facts. I mean, ask yourself this question:

 

Can my 8th grader

read every page

of every book

on his school reading list

without guessing at the words

or stumbling over the words

or substituting words?

 

 

If your answer was “No!” then it’s time to face the facts.

We are not going to see elevated reading levels for 8th graders and beyond until we place systematic phonics as the primary reading instruction tool in the lower grades and until we place systematic phonics as the primary reading instruction tool for 8th grade reading centers.

 

So what do I mean by a reading center?

 

 

A reading center is a place where students engage in reading-related activities such as phonemic awareness,  sounding-out skills, reading fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.

 

Sadly, many elementary, junior high and high school public school reading centers are hit and miss when it comes to phonemic awareness and sounding-out skills because teachers are hit and miss about whether or not to teach it, when to teach it and IF they know how to teach it.

 

This is because in most public schools, the main mechanics tool used for these centers revolves around whole-word memorization that has been salt and peppered with tiny fragments of analytic phonics.

 

What these reading centers should be built upon is a strong foundation of systematic, explicit phonics using all three phonics approaches: synthetic, linguistic and analytic, and they should be DUMPING whole-word memorization ENTIRELY. The few sight words that actually exist (those words that cannot be sounded out using regular phonics rules) can still be sounded out using a dictionary-key-phonetic tool.

 

In addition, even if our public schools were to actually jump aboard systematic, explici phonics-based reading centers, sadly, we just don’t seem to have a handle on the importance of distinguishing the differentiated reading concerns of our students, especially the older ones who struggle to read.

 

You see, some 8th graders (and beyond) need basic (back to the beginning) phonics reading instruction to learn the mechanics of sounding out words.

Other 8th graders (and beyond) need continuing phonics review in addition to enormous strides in reading comprehension activities that involve Socratic methods of reading comprehension.

 

But here’s the biggest problem: Our teachers have not been trained to do MOST of the above.

This doesn’t mean that our teachers are not capable of doing ALL of the above. They are VERY capable, but they are NOT receiving the training they need to do MOST of it.

 

And that’s really sad because reading scores in this nation will NEVER improve until our teachers know how to implement ALL of the above.

 

Is there more to be said on this subject?

There sure is!!!

 

However, we have to start somewhere, so let’s start with the mechanics of basic, systematic, explicit phonics instruction.

Let’s get that right, and then move on from there.

Why don’t we start with the true story

of a little girl named, Candy,

who couldn’t read;

and then she could.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

An Uncomplicated, Complete, Affordable, Systematic, Phonics-First Curriculum for Almost Free

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 You don’t

have to spend

a lot of money

on an expensive,

homeschool

phonics reading curriculum. 

It’s true, purchasing affordable, homeschooling curriculum can seem like an impossible task!

In addition, with the majority of homeschooling families living on one income and parents teaching more than one child, it can make homeschooling seem like an expensive option.

Well, I’m glad to report that your phonics reading curriculum doesn’t have to break your budget.  You can, step-by-step, successfully teach your child to read all the way through to a 4th grade reading level and higher with just one COMPLETE affordable, systematic phonics curriculum. 

What is affordable?  How does under $10 for a complete systematic, phonics-first curriculum sound?

Complete?  Yes, complete.  The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program is hands down, the best phonics bargain on the globe, and it is most certainly COMPLETE!

Our synthetic phonics curriculum is available to you INSTANTLY, in non-consumable, printable format for just $9.97, and it really does include everything those $300 programs include

 

The Candy 4WAY Phonics INSTANT DOWNLOAD Package includes:

  • 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
  • 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

The Candy 4WAY Teaching Phonics Curriculum is a thorough, fun to use, step-by-step and easy-to-understand, synthetic, phonics-first curriculum that will carry a child from age 4 all the way through to a Grade 4 reading level and higher.

Don’t you want your child to learn how to sound out every word on every page?

If so, check us out.  We come with the highest of customer reviews.   

Candy 4WAY Phonics – www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

P.S.  Whether parents or teachers make a purchase or not, free email coaching for their reading/phonics questions is available from Carol Kay, the President of Candy 4WAY Phonics.

~ Candy 4WAY Phonics sells affordable phonics curriculum, multisensory phonics flashcards/wall cards, phonics file-folder games, and language arts products ~

See the Candy 4WAY Phonics website for more details.

 

P.P.S.  Don’t forget to read little Candy’s TRUE phonics story.  

Was Your Child’s Reading Score Low on His Report Card?

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It Happened Again.

You Saw the Report Card.

He’s Below Average in Reading.

 

You’re worried. You don’t know what to think. You don’t know what to do.

 

You want to trust the teacher when she says, “Wait a while!”

 

However, you don’t trust that “waiting awhile” is really going to do the trick.

Your child is getting older every year, not younger, and that window of opportunity to learn to sound out words is quickly slipping away.

You see more and more of these types of comments on your child’s report card:

Your child has difficulty distinguishing sounds in words.

Your child needs to increase his speed and comprehension in reading.

Your child is not able to blend short words using the vowels without assistance.

Your child is not learning to attack words independently.

Your child’s reading is jerky, hesitant, irregular, or slow.

Your child does not comprehend what he reads.

Your child is not interested in books or reading.

Your child cannot read to follow directions.

Or your child brings home notes that say any of the following:

Your child cannot recognize sight words.

Your child needs a lot of repetition and practice in order to retain reading vocabulary.

Your child still confuses words that look alike.

Your child’s reading is not yet automatic.

Your child cannot read his sentences back.

Your child has difficulty distinguishing sounds in words.

Your child has not developed a mature reading vocabulary.

Your child confuses sounds.

Your child has difficulty remembering the spelling of non-phonetic words.

Your child cannot spell.

So what’s next? How are you supposed to know what to do?

 

I know this may sound trite, but have you tried systematic phonics?

 

I’m not talking about the type of phonics that the teacher is telling you that your child is “already getting.”

 

I’m not talking about the type of reading instruction that teaches your child to memorize whole words from a word wall and then throws in a little bit of phonics.

 

I’m talking about systematic, phonics first, step-by-step phonics – the kind of phonics that does not force children to memorize hundreds of whole words from the Dolch Sight Word List.

 

I’m speaking about the kind of phonics that was still around when all the John Boy Walton’s were growing up.

 

It’s a fact, children who lived just prior to and through the Great Depression learned to read using a systematic, phonics-first curriculum in which they learned all their letter sounds, vowel sounds, and every other possible phonogram, and then they learned to blend all those letter sounds together , from left to right, in every word on every page.

 

Those were children who did not have to guess at words because they knew how to easily sound out words they had never seen before?

 

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 a COMPLETE and soooooooo affordable systematic 4WAY 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.

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com