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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.

Our Teachers do NOT know Systematic Phonics!

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So many  parents today


are exclaiming:


“Help!  My child is not learning 

to read in his classroom!”


This is because our teachers do not know phonics – synthetic, explicit, systematic, phonics-first phonics; so our public schools are failing to teach our children how to sound out words systematically, using a systematic phonics curriculum.


This is NOT the fault of our teachers.  Sadly, the colleges our teachers are trained in do not offer them methods classes in explicit phonics or in how to teach the sounding out of the phonograms in a systematic form.


So our kids are memorizing words like “elephant” in kindergarten or first grade without first learning how to sound out words from left to right or that the letters ph represent the sound of letter f


Oh, I know, there are plenty of children coming home with smiles because their report cards tell parents that their children are learning to read, but it’s a hoax.


It’s simply not true. Children are NOT LEARNING to sound out words; children are learning to either memorize whole words or they are taught “to guess” at words based upon the context of the sentence, the shape of the word, or how the word begins.


 You see,  the standard for the meaning of “literacy” has changed. You can see that changing standard when you read our newspaper articles or when you read the words put up on the screens in our church praise and worship time. There are spelling errors and homonym errors galore.


This is because children are being taught to read using whole language memorization by teachers who only know how to teach using whole language memorization, in spite of the fact that one of the standards set forth in the Common Core Guidelines is that children should be taught to read using systematic phonics.  

 Sadly, even though Common Core standards call for systematic phonics, our children are NOT receiving it because there isn’t one state college ANYWHERE in the nation that teaches our teachers systematic phonics. As a result, there are also NO READING CURRICULUMS in the public schools that teach systematic phonics.


 Are you understanding now


why our children


cannot sound out words


and why 40% of our fourth graders


cannot read at grade level?  




When the majority of our teachers themselves have been trained to read through sight-reading techniques and, then, are not being offered a college training course in systematic phonics, it spells disaster for the next generation of public school students.


The late Phyllis Schlafly explained perfectly what’s going on in American public classrooms when she said:


“Whole Language teaches children to guess at words by looking at the pictures on the page, to memorize a few dozen frequently used words, to skip over words they don’t know, to substitute words that seem to fit, and to predict the words they think will come next. The child who is taught those bad habits, instead of how to sound out the syllables, will never be able to read big words or become a good reader.


Many schools give high grades and happy report cards to children who are good at guessing and memorizing words, so parents don’t realize that their children are being taught to guess instead of to read. Self-esteem is a higher priority than literacy.”


There is a solution, and it is ABSOLUTELY FREE.   I know, it sounds too good to be true; but it is, nevertheless, TRUE.


Candy 4WAY Phonics offers a systematic phonics curriculum, complete with step-by-step colorful fun lessons, spelling rules, flashcards, sequenced readers, systematic review along the way, FREE email coaching – you name it – it’s a COMPLETE Systematic Phonics Curriculum INSTANT DOWNLOAD for FOR FREE


Moms, Dads, you can make a difference in your child’s life. 

Your child CAN learn to sound out every word on every page.

Teachers, YOU can learn how to teach Systematic Phonics.



Check us out:



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


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

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