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Homeschool Phonics Curriculum Reviews – Customer Reviews for Candy 4WAY Phonics

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Phonics Curriculum Reviews

Candy 4WAY Phonics Customer Reviews


REVIEW:  “I just wanted to thank you for the Candy 4 Way Phonics Program. My 8-year old daughter was really struggling with reading, and after buying at least 5 different phonics and reading programs, I was getting as confused as she was about phonics! I found your website and the price was what prompted me to try it. I bought the download, printed it and started her and her younger sister on Candy 4 Way Phonics. I can only say Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! This is finally making sense for all of us, even to this homeschooling mom! My daughter went from being reluctant about reading and guessing words to sounding them out. It makes sense to her. I praise the Lord for guiding me to your site.”
~Lisa L



BACK IN THE YEAR 1956, a little first-grade girl named, Candy, struggled to read.  It was so sad!!!  That year, Candy had entered first grade with such high hopes of learning to read only to have her hopes squashed and her self-image poured down the drain.

However, thank the good Lord, that wasn’t the end of this TRUE story, because Candy received the phonics help she needed, and in just six months, Candy went from being the worst reader in her class to being the best reader in her class. 

Today, Candy can read every word on every page of every book placed in front of her.  


REVIEW:  “I purchased The Candy4Way Phonics Program July 4, 2010. It costs less than $10.00 and is a very good intensive phonics program.” 

(Taken from the Education Page of Don Potter)
~Don Potter, Head of The Potter’s School – providing globally accessible on-line courses. 



The answer for Candy’s reading struggles came when Candy was sent away to a little white cottage behind her school to receive extra help in reading.  Let me stop here and explain.

You see, when Candy was in her regular reading group at school, her reading lessons had come from a new sight-reading series bought by her school that year called: The Dick and Jane Series.  Like so many thousands upon thousands of children since that time who have been trained to read using look/say sight reading techniques, Candy soon discovered that memorizing whole words was very, very difficult.  This is because children only have a capacity for memorizing about 2,000 whole words, and then their little brains just get exhausted. 

However, because Candy was such a horrible reader, she qualified for extra reading help, and that help came in the form of Systematic Phonics using three different phonics approaches:  Synthetic, Linguistic, and Analytic.  At the little white cottage, just six months later, after using this 3WAY Phonics approach, little Candy went from being the worst reader in her class to being the best reader in her class. 


REVIEW:  “Candy’s 4Way Phonics is a systematic curriculum that takes the student from basic letter sounds through reading mastery. . .The author does an excellent job of laying the foundation of why you should teach phonics in this format, and then explaining how to implement the program. . .This is a very affordable program, and if implemented consistently, according to instructions, will grow your child into a proficient reader, ready to tackle any word they encounter.”

(Taken from the Phonics/Reading Reviews page of Homeschooling From the Heart’s website) 



Our incentive is simply that we want children to learn to read every word on every page.  It truly is a pleasure to serve you and your children’s needs!  It is a delight to have the opportunity to convince you that your child doesn’t have to struggle in reading! 


REVIEW:  “We are using the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program. As a result, our oldest daughter, Hallie, 7 years old, is reading. Collin, 4 years old, is beginning to read, and now even Ethen, 3 years old, can pronounce the sound of every letter in the alphabet correctly. Try it, use it, it works!”
~Joseph H        



We are delighted to report that our affordable 4WAY Phonics products have satisfied many customers from all over the United States:  teachers, homeschoolers, and parents both with younger children just beginning their reading adventure and with older children who have struggled in reading or just need to catch up on the phonograms they never learned. 

We have also received excellent feedback and wonderful conversations about our INSTANT DOWNLOADS from homeschoolers and teachers in places as far away as Jamaica, Great Britain, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, The Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, The United Kingdom, Indonesia and many more.   


REVIEW:  “I am a grandmother who watches two of my grandsons each day. The oldest one is now in school. I was able to purchase the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program, and I cannot begin to tell you the difference it’s made with our oldest grandson. It’s so easy to use. You simply begin with the first rhyming alphabet chart and keep going. The key for us was not allowing our grandson to go on to one lesson until he had mastered the lesson before it. This sounds simple, but it was. The program makes it simple. He also wasn’t overwhelmed with Sight Words, because there are so few Sight Words in the program. He liked the flashcard charts, and he so much looked forward to the readers! The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program is (Grandma) friendly! The price for the program is a steal for what you get. In fact, it’s unbelievable, and we will be able to print everything we’ll need for all the rest of our grandchildren as well.”

~Grandma B 



Today, that same phonics system that taught little Candy to read back in 1956 is available for purchase, except that it has been upgraded for today’s generation of children.  Moreover, Candy’s 3WAY Phonics approach has now become a 4WAY Phonics approach with the addition of Rs’A Phonics:  rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration. 


REVIEW:  “This is the most affordable phonics curriculum out there; what’s more, it really works.  I will be using Candy 4WAY Phonics for all of my children.” 

~Marie G 




We are delighted to offer the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum, a COMPLETE Systematic, Intensive, Synthetic, Phonics First Curriculum in one of three affordable packages: 

1)    the Candy 4WAY Phonics INSTANT DOWNLOAD Curriculum for just $9.97.

2)    the Candy 4WAY Phonics CD-Rom Curriculum which includes everything in the INSTANT DOWNLOAD Curriculum  in addition to an audio CD-Rom in which parents and teachers can hear every word and every sentence and every paragraph read aloud in every daily phonics lesson, eliminating all the guesswork for just $19.97.

3)    the Candy 4WAY Phonics PLUS Package which includes everything in the INSTANT DOWNLOAD Curriculum as well as printed phonics lessons, printed Rhyming Lifetime Phonics Charts and an audio CD-Rom in which parents and teachers can hear every word and every sentence and every paragraph read aloud in every daily phonics lessons, eliminating all the guesswork for just $99.97



Every package above 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 lessons (packed with rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration)
  • Sequenced Candy Story Readers
  • Rhyming Alphabet Charts with Multisensory Vowel Helps
  • Rhyming Alphabet Flashcards
  • 10 Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts
  • Sequenced Phonics Drill
  • Pronunciation Keys (even for the very, very, very, limited set of sight words)
  • Free Email Coaching from the President of Candy 4WAY Phonics
  • and so much more!!! 

Parents – no matter what your child’s age, he/she does not need to struggle in reading.  This is a fun to use, step-by-step, easy-to-understand 4WAY Phonics curriculum, and it works! It will carry a child from Age 4 all the way through to a Grade 4 reading level and higher. 


Whether you make a purchase or not, we are available for FREE email coaching for your reading/phonics questions.  May God richly bless all your teaching efforts!



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics 

P.S. Be sure and check out our other soooooooooo affordable phonics games and products. 







Teaching Preschoolers to Read – Preschool Phonics Lesson Plans – Teach Preschoolers to Phonemic Awareness and How to Blend Letters

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One of the goals for Candy 4WAY Phonics is to make certain that today’s Parents and Teachers have what it takes to get phonemic awareness systematic phonics skills into our children as early as possible.


Phonemic awareness is an ability children develop that enables them to recognize individual sounds inside words by using both their ears and their eyes. It’s the ability to hear, identify and manipulate the individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. 


Phonological awareness begins to develop during the preschool years.  Unless children are given help from parents, teachers or other adults , those children with lower levels of phonological awareness will continue to be delayed in this skill from the late preschool period forward. 


Researchers have found that phonemic awareness and letter sound knowledge (not the names of the letters but the sounds that the letters stand for), are very clear-cut school entry predictors of how well children will learn to read during their first two years of reading instruction  (Share, Jorm, Matthews & Maclean). 


Moreover, the necessity to gain subsequent left/right letter-sound blending skills can only follow after a child has a strong handle on Phonemic Awareness.   


QUESTION:  Could you repeat in layman’s terms exactly why phonemic awareness and early systematic phonics preschool training are so helpful for 3 and 4 year old children?


ANSWER: Many times, 1st through 4th grade children have difficulty with phonics instruction because they did not develop early phonemic awareness skills and subsequent letter sound blending skills during their preschool or kindergarten years.


For example, did you know that approximately 62% of the English language is made up of short-vowel words and syllables? So learning to fluently sound out three-letter, short-vowel words (CVC words) gives children an immediate head start in reading!


Yet, so very many children start out first grade attempting to read three-letter words (CVC Words) but fail miserably because:

1) They don’t know where to begin reading a word.
They cannot distinguish between the vowel sounds.
They cannot distinguish between the three individual sounds in the word.
4) They have not been given enough exposure and practice mastering letter sounds, learning to blend two-letter sounds, and learning to blend three-letter words.


As a result, these children are given failing grades in reading early on.


Many of these children develop self-image problems that mostly likely would not have occurred if only they had received ALL THE BUILDING BLOCKS to systematic phonetic reading.


QUESTION: So what is included in the Candy 4WAY Phonics Preschool Systematic Phonics Package for 3 and 4 year old children?


ANSWER: Candy’s 4WAY Phonics Preschool Systematic Phonics Package for 3 and 4 year old children includes all of the following for just $7.97:

 1) Candy’s 31 Multisensory LARGE A to Z Flashcards/Wall Cards (with multisensory vowel helps) 

 2) Candy’s 82-page eBook:  How to Teach Candy’s Systematic 4WAY Phonics  

 3) How to Follow Candy’s 4WAY Phonics Preschool Program 

 4) Multisensory Vowel Helps to teach preschoolers to distinguish between the vowel sounds 

 5) Rhyming Alphabet Phonics Charts that carry a child right up to the Daily Preschool 4WAY Phonics Lessons 

 6) 25 Step-by-step Daily 4WAY Phonics Preschool Lessons – Click here to see samples of our Preschool Step-bystep Daily Phonics Lessons. 

 7) Sequenced Preschool Lesson Drill Sheets to provide continuous review  

 8) A Preschooler’s First Reader 

 9) Farmer Dan’s Critters Games are included with the Preschool Package (these two games lead children through 3-letter, short vowel words and are also sold separately) 

10) Achievement Awards Certificates  


After completing the Candy 4WAY Phonics Preschool Package, preschool children will be “way ahead of the game.”


Having gained the skills to sound out 3-letter, short vowel words, preschoolers will be ready to begin the SECOND level of the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program that will take them all the way through 4th grade and higher reading level.


Click Here to read more about this fabulous Preschool Systematic 4WAY Phonics INSTANT DOWNLOAD Printable and Non-Consummable Program for just $7.97.   


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