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Spelling with Ziplock Bags and Magnetic Letters!

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Magnetic Letters


Inside Zip Lock Bags


Can Make a HUGE difference


For Learning to Sound Out Words!



Zip Lock bags and magnetic letters work wonders for teaching kids how to spell phonetically, especially when followed up with reading the word and writing the word that was placed inside the bag.


Phonetically spelling words is so important,  and the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum for just $9.97 is helping parents teach their children to read thousands of words by sounding them out.

In addition to our many affordable phonics materials, we really enjoy finding hands-on ways to introduce phonetic concepts to children.  Spelling and sounding out words always go together, so I’m delighted to share this zip bag technique with you because it really, really works!


A simple approach like this can make all the difference in the world in how well a child learns:

1)    A spelling rule

2)    How to apply that rule when approaching a word

3)    How to picture a word

4)    How to arrange that word

5)    How to sound out and write that word

6)    How to hear and sound out that word from dictation.

Here’s how it works:

  • Look ahead at your child’s reading lesson that day.

  • Count and write down the words that you know he’ll struggle with.

  • Now, on the outside of the zip lock bags you’ll be using, label with a black magic marker a number on the outside of each bag. For example, if you have 5 words, then you’ll have 5 zip lock bags numbered 1 thru 5.

  • Write or type the words on a separate sheet of paper in the order you desire to introduce them to your child.

  • Place the magnetic letters for each one of those words in the zip-lock bag labeled with the number you desire for that word (one bag per word).

  • Now get out your magnetic board and hand the zip lock bag to your child. Have your child pour out the letters and place them randomly up on the magnetic board.

  • Tell your child the word, and have him spell the word with the letters he has placed up on the magnetic board. Help him sound out each word as he spells it with the magnetic letters. Make sure you tell him that he has to use ALL the letters in the bag.

  • Next, have him copy the word either on a dry erase board or a chalkboard or in a pan of salt if you think that would be fun.

  • Now, erase that word. Put the letters back into their bag, and go on to the second word in the zip bags while following the same procedure. Introduce all the zipped bags of words in the same manner.

  • When you’re all done, dictate each word to your child (one at a time) and have him write out each word with a pencil or on a dry erase board or on a chalk board (this time he’ll need to sound out the word from memory, so don’t hesitate to help him if he needs the help. You want him to spell the word correctly so that the first time he sees his own writing of that word, he’s looking at the correct spelling of the word).

  • Finally, take him into the reading lesson. Sounding out those “words to watch for” should now prove to be a tad easier for him.


Have fun with this – phonetically spelling words is supposed to be fun to learn!

If you need to break this whole plan up into two or three sessions – do it!



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

P.S. Don’t forget to read Candy’s True Phonics Story!





Struggle with Reading? My Child? The Solution is FREE!!!!

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Can you


really stand


watching your child


struggle with reading


 for another school year?


Don’t you remember what it was like to watch your child struggle with reading last year and the year before that and the year before that?

Don’t you remember getting those past report cards that included comments like these?


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.


Ok, so now your child is past the time when he/she should struggle with reading.  He is past the time when he should have learned how to read every word on every page. In fact, now your child has entered that phase of school where he/she is expected to not only NOT struggle with reading, but, rather, to actually read AND COMPREHEND what the words in the textbooks say and mean – you know – those history textbooks and language textbooks and science textbooks and math story-problem textbooks.  Yes, those books.  The ones you KNOW your child struggles to read


And I’m sure you’re concerned that from this point on, your child will develop self- image problems, will fall farther and farther behind in school, will receive mediocre (at best) grades, lose any vision of ever succeeding in life or going to college or pursuing a good-paying job.  And you know that all of this naturally leads into a child choosing the wrong kinds of friends. You see, when a child advances in school and his struggle with reading remains year after year and textbook after textbook, these ARE the results you can expect.  

In fact, more than 8 million American students in grades 4 through 12 struggle to read. 





have to happen! 

Your child

does NOT

have to continue

to struggle with reading! 


YOU can change all of this for your child by simply teaching him/her how to sound out every word on every page. 


How?  By using a parent-friendly, extremely affordable, step-by-step phonics curriculum that will take both you and your child from the very beginning letter sounds to being able to sound out every word on every page.  Your student will no longer struggle with reading but will be sounding out all the words on the page, even the words he has never encountered.


Now 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. Memorizing whole words without ever learning that the letters within those words are connected to sounds is exactly why so many children in our nation struggle with reading. 


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.  I can assure you, THOSE children did not struggle with reading.  They easily sounded out all the words they encountered because they had been taught, systematically, step-by-step, how to do that.


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, step-by-step phonics lessons, phonics charts, phonics readers, phonics drill, phonics flashcards, at ABSOLUTELY NO COST.



Don’t miss this opportunity to teach your child how to read.  Make the difference.  It’s only going to cost you 20 minutes a day of working with your child, but if you don’t teach him/her to read, it WILL make all the difference in the world for his/her future success for the rest of his/her life!


Does your child still struggle with reading?  You CAN change that.  



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics



How do you teach a child to read? FREE PHONICS FOR STRUGGLING READERS

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So how do you


teach a child TO READ


who cannot read?



Well, let’s look at the story of a real little girl who couldn’t read and find out how she learned to read every word on every page.


The story begins in the life of a real little girl named Candy. 


Read Candy’s True Storyand remember, if your child cannot read, your child can learn to read every word on every page, just like Candy.



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics