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What is Basic, Systematic Phonics? Are Most Children being Taught Basic Phonics Rules?

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Basic Phonics rules can only be correctly taught within the structure of a complete Explicit Systematic Phonics Curriculum?  Explicit Systematic Phonics is the direct and explicit teaching of the major sound/symbol relationships in a specific and clearly defined sequence. 


Does all that sound complicated?  It doesn’t have to be.  This is because Candy 4way Phonics makes it possible for parents to learn and to teach  their child, one step at a time, all the major sound/symbol relationships, including consonants, blends, short and long vowels, consonant and vowel digraphs, diphthongs, and variant sound-symbol relationships. 


Why do public school teachers insist that they are teaching phonics?  I mean, don’t they teach word families, and isn’t that the same as systematic phonics?


To answer that question, let me begin by repeating a comment I received from a mother who wrote:   

“I purchased some easy-to-read books for my first grade daughter.  She’s having an awful time blending the sounds together.  I don’t think she understands how the sounds go together, and I don’t think she can hear specific sounds within the parts of words.  Also, she could only complete the books with a great deal of help from me.  There has to be a better way to learn reading than this, but I’m not sure what steps to take.  I don’t want my child to become labeled.”   


Unfortunately, this little girl is struggling to read because she has not gone through a step-by-step, systematic phonics lesson plan that begins with individual sounds blended with other individual sounds at the beginning of words. 


Instead, she has gone through a typical public education Guided Reading program that teaches children to look for word parts within words that they recognize and then to guess at the rest of the word.  This encourages children to begin reading words at either the beginning of the word or in the middle of the word or at the end of the word, wherever they recognize a word part. 


To make matters even worse, Guided Reading also teaches children to memorize whole words and whole sentences inside easy-to-read books without ever stopping to blend together the sounds of the letters within the words.  Thus, reading becomes a giant guessing game using a series of clues such as:  the picture on the page, the shape and length of the word, the first letter of the word, a recognizable word part, or deciding upon which word might make sense in the sentence. 


 Sadly, this Guided Reading, whole-word, guessing game is leaving millions of children unable to blend letter sounds and word parts together for the rest of their lives.   You see, children need to learn to read with a systematic phonetic plan that teaches them to blend individual sounds at the beginning of words and that builds them up with the necessary skills to blend those sounds with all the other parts within words.  Reading requires a laid-out system of learning that: 

First, teaches what sounds all the letters and groups of letters stand for


Second, teaches how to blend those letters and word parts all together. 


Learning to read doesn’t just “happen” by placing easy-to-read books in front of children and asking them to memorize all the whole words on all the pages.


We must teach children to read in somewhat the same way that we learned how to drive a car.  When we learned to drive a car, we learned one step at a time, adding on more and more steps, blending those steps together, blending them faster and faster with more and more practice.


For example, we learned first, to check the gas and oil and second, to get into the driver’s seat. We went on to learn, step by step, to make certain everyone had their seat belt fastened, to put the key in and start the car, to slowly push on the accelerator, to look where we were going, to drive slowly at first, to speed up a little as we learned more, and so on and so.


Each day that we arrived to Driver’s Ed Class, we were taught more and more individual driving steps as well as correct driving responses to common driver situations, and we learned to blend all those steps and responses together faster and faster.   To be certain, good drivers began their driving adventures by learning individual driving steps.  This is because their instructors wanted to make certain that they understood everything they needed to know to drive safely and to stay alive.


 I got a charge out of a comment from one internet writer who answered the question:  “What are the steps to driving?”  He pretty much stated what it would be like if we all learned to drive “all at once” using a method similar to that of look/say, whole-word, sight-reading instruction. 


He suggested that we start the car, pick a gear, jam the gas pedal to the floor, stop if we see red, go if we see green, slow down if we see yellow.  If we hit a cat, we earn 5 points.  If we hit a dog we earn 8 points.  If we hit a squirrel we earn 10 points.  


 I’m sure he was just joking around, but his method was a learn-as-you-go driving plan with possible casualties treated lightly.  It’s almost as if he was saying:  

“Just laugh at yourself as you go along, force yourself to drive more and more, think fun thoughts and go places you enjoy, and, eventually, learning to drive will all come together for you.  As the days go by, you’ll be hitting fewer and fewer  animals, and you’ll learn to drive inside the lanes more and more if you just keep practicing.”  


This is certainly NOT the way to learn to drive, and this is, most assuredly, NOT the way to learn to read. 


Mom, Dad, it’s time to take the reigns and teach your own child how to read.  Our American public schools insist upon whole-word, sight-reading, guided-reading techniques of reading instruction, and because of this stubbornness, more and more Americans are failing to learn to read every word on every page. 


Come check us out!  Candy 4WAY Phonics offers parents, grandparents, and teachers who desire to learn and to teach phonics instruction a COMPLETE Systematic 4WAY Phonics Curriculum.  It’s a fun, thorough, COMPLETE phonics curriculum designed to teach children  — from K4 through Grade 4 level reading and higher — in printable format for only $9.97


Don’t be fooled by the price!!!  For only $9.97, you’ll receive: 

*Step by step instructions

*Easy-to-learn Rhyming Alphabet Charts

*Multisensory vowel helps

*100 daily systematic, fun, 4WAY Phonics Lessons

*Sequenced, leveled colored, fun Story Readers

*Rhyming colored flashcards

*As-you-go Spelling Rules

*Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts

*Free Email Coaching, and so much more! 


What is Explicit, Systematic Phonics? 

Well it’s NOT Guided Reading. 

Rather, it’s a planned-out system of daily phonics lessons that teaches children to blend together, from left to right, all the individual letters and letter combinations one step at a time.  Teaching your child to read using a parent-friendly Explicit, Systematic 4WAY Phonics Curriculum will be one of the most important skills you give your child!


 Carol Kay, President

Candy 4way Phonics    

Why Did I Pull My Children out of the Public Schools When The Public Schools are Free? Well, because Moms do Strange Things When They’re Desperate! (From the President of Candy 4WAY Phonics)

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We lived in a small town in Michigan.  At the time, four of our six children had been born. Just like all of our friends, we enrolled our oldest son in public school kindergarten when he turned five years old.


Well, you know, “kindergarten,” not much going on there.  The early signs for how your child is “doing” in school do not show up until the first grade when a child begins reading lessons.  However!  Well, wow!  When Jimmy entered first grade, did we get an education! 


I had no idea that phonics was no longer used in the school system.  Oh, I knew that there were other methods of reading going on in the classroom, but I always believed that phonics was at the foundation of those methods. Duh!  I was so dumb!


No!  What I really mean is: I was misinformed.  I had learned to read with systematic phonics, so I assumed that my children would learn to read this way, too.  After all, wouldn’t our government schools insist on using the educational methods that actually worked?


We found out that “phonics was out” when after 6 months into the first-grade reading curriculum our little Jimmy could only read three words:  aanthe


I asked Jimmy to “sound out” the words we encountered together, and he said, “What are you talking about, Mommy?”


Of course, when I discovered that Jimmy was NOT learning to “sound out” words, I immediately went to the teacher and asked her why Jimmy was NOT learning to “sound out” words.  She said, “Sounding out” words is NOT something we do anymore.  There are other, better, more efficient methods to teach reading than phonics.”


Sadly, things got much worse! 


At the first parent-teacher conference, I also discovered that our dear, little, precious Jimmy had been placed inside a refrigerator box  so that he could “focus” more on his studies and less on what was going on around him.  That was all I needed!  That was going to stop! 


Jimmy was in an open-classroom school at that time, so we switched over to a standard, structured, public school classroom where a 20-year veteran X-Nun was the teacher.  Jimmy gained a tiny, itsy-bitsy, miniscule more in reading that second semester of his first-grade year simply because this X-Nun did use “some” phonics. 


However, at the beginning of second grade, Jimmy was assigned to a teacher that believed exactly the same way as his first teacher in the open-classroom school, except that she brought all of her non-phonics methods into a structured classroom.  Jimmy just couldn’t cope with these ridiculous reading methods.  In addition, by the end of second grade, we had also enrolled our second-oldest son in the 1st grade. 


To make this long story shorter, soon after talking with Jimmy’s principal and after our second-oldest son was assaulted on the school bus, I talked with a woman in Indiana who owned a teacher resource store who emphatically informed me that “homeschooling” was an option. 


I’d never heard of “homeschooling” before; I didn’t even know it was possible.  This lady told me that it was “very” possible, and that parents make the best teachers for their children.


So the following Monday I refused to put my children on the school bus.  I ordered a satellite homeschooling program and proceeded to homeschool my children thinking I was going to “get away with it!” 


Moms do strange things when they’re desperate! 


Little did I know that Michigan was one of the worst places to try to “get away with” homeschooling.  We had no laws to protect us, and we were running out of steam living only with an Attorney’s General’s “Opinion” about homeschooling.  As a result, tons of homeschoolers in Michigan were being taken to probate court as a direct challenge to their choice of education. 


Wouldn’t you know it, some lady in our church turned us in.  What was I going to do? 


I contacted one other mother that I knew was doing homeschooling.  She gave me the name of an attorney who was taking up homeschooling cases in the state of Michigan.  We hired him, wasted $200, provided all of our own documentation, and yet, he didn’t intervene for us with the school officials at all. 


Within two months after we began homeschooling, I received a phone call from a man who turned out to be the Chairman for the Homeschooling Investigating Committee for the whole state of Michigan.  He was the man who was taking all the homeschoolers to probate court.  When he called me, I told him I had hired an attorney to defend us, I refused to talk to him, and I hung up on him.


That was back in my immature Christian days.  Can you even imagine Jesus Christ hanging up on anybody? 


I do not mean this as a defense to myself in any way, but, moms do strange things when they’re desperate! 


Some friends from our church were visiting with us shortly afterwards, and we began discussing what the Bible says about how to respond to those in authority.  We specifically went over Romans, Chapter 13, where God tells us: 


Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”


Needless to say, I was under conviction! 

When “that man” called me back, I apologized, and I explained to him what I had discovered in the scriptures.  We began to talk.  He listened, I talked.  He questioned, I answered.  I was honest.  I told him all of my fears about the public school system and the fact that I would not, could not, tolerate what was going on there.  He listened.  God worked! 


This man ended up telling me, “I will never take you to probate court.  You are the only homeschooler that has been willing to talk to me.  You have also told me about your beliefs, and I want you to know that I have been listening, because my secretary is also a Christian, and she has been telling me some of the same things that you have stated.  I give you permission to do homeschooling, and what’s more, if you need any curriculum, you just let me know, and I’ll show you how to order it for yourself, or I will personally get it for you.”


I began homeschooling and tutoring phonics to children all around me.  I grabbed onto every book on phonics that had ever been written.  All of my “teacher” friends, suddenly anxious to help me out, gave me all of their methods classes textbooks; coupled with my own learning experiences in phonics, I began to put together a systematic phonics curriculum based upon what was taught to children in the 1950’s who had struggled with the Dick and Jane, Look/say Reading series.  (Can you believe I put that all in one sentence?)

The results I obtained were outstanding!

About three years later, I began teaching phonics part time in a Christian School.

I came across all kinds of reading problems, and I soon discovered that linguistic, synthetic, analytic, systematic phonics solved the problems of every student I encountered except for the students who were diagnosed as EMI.  Oh, each child had a different time table for learning, depending upon his shortcomings and his talents, but given enough time, systematic phonics worked. 

Oh, by the way, do you remember “that man” that I had originally hung up on?  You know, the Chairman for the Homeschooling Investigating Committee for the whole state of Michigan?   Well, he gave our Christian school permission to set up a homeschooling umbrella program under my direction for other families considering homeschooling. 


When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7)


In summary, we continued homeschooling all six of our children all the way through high school. 

They have become successful as business owners, in engineering, as ministerial directors, with two still in college studying pre-med and early childhood care. 

And, of course, we established the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program, a program based upon the true story of a little girl named, Candy, in order to make a complete systematic 4WAY Phonics curriculum, lessons, readers, multisensory phonics helps, phonics charts and flashcards, phonics resources, and phonics games affordable for everyone




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