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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

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!

 

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

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

 

 

 

 

I Sure Hope My Third Grade Child Learns How to Read this Year! FREE PHONICS!

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It’s true.  If a child has not learned how to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade – well – to put it mildly, he’s in trouble!

What’s more, here is what happens later on when parents and teachers FAIL to make certain that their first through third graders LEARN TO READ:

 

Illiteracy Statistics

In a study of 20 ‘high income’ countries, the US ranked 12th on literacy tests. Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their child. A few other shocking facts:

 

  • 7 million Americans are illiterate.
  • 50 percent of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level.
  • 20 percent of Americans are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level.
  • 30 million Americans cannot read a simple sentence.

 

Just about everything has been blamed for the fact that far too many of our children are struggling in reading, that far too many of our third graders cannot read all the words on the page proficiently.  There’s been finger-pointing accusations such as the following:

  • It’s the parent’s fault

  • It’s the fault of the unions!

  • Those government bureaucrats are hindering teachers because of all their ridiculous requirements.

  • My child has a bad teacher!

  • My child must be ADD or ADHD or hyperactive!

  • My child hates school!

  • Our government isn’t giving teachers enough money!

 

At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we have another solution: Give the students systematic, one-on-one, phonics/first, step-by-step reading instruction.  Teach the kids to stop guessing at words and teach them instead how to sound out every word on every page from left to right.

 

How are we doing that?

 

We’re doing it by encouraging parents to teach their own children how to read.  We’re offering parents (and teachers) an INSTANT DOWNLOAD Systematic Phonics COMPLETE Curriculum that is parent/friendly and 100% ABSOLUTELY FREE – a COMPLETE phonics-first curriculum that parents can DOWNLOAD and receive INSTANTLY.

 

This COMPLETE step-by-step,synthetic phonics curriculum includes all of the following:

 

  1. An Introductory eBook entitled: How to Teach Candy’s Systematic 4WAY Phonics

  2. An easy-to-understand “How to Follow this Program” guide.

  3. 100 Systematic Phonics daily, fun-to-read lessons (packed with rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration)

  4. 20 Sequenced Phonics Readers

  5. Rhyming Phonics Alphabet Charts

  6. Multisensory Phonics Vowel Helps

  7. Rhyming Phonics Alphabet Flashcards

  8. 10 Lifetime Rhyming Phonics Charts

  9. Sequenced Phonics Drill

  10. Easy to read Pronunciation Keys

 

In addition, this ABSOLUTELY FREE SYNTHETIC, PHONICS-FIRST COMPLETE CURRICULUM includes FREE Email Coaching from the President of Candy 4WAY Phonics.

 

CSo click away to get your ABSOLUTELY FREE COMPLETE systematic, synthetic, phonics/first curriculum.

 

If you would like to find out how (for under $10) you can receive an entire phonics-first, step-by-step curriculum INSTANTLY so that your child can learn to fluently sound out every word on every page, we encourage you start by reading little Candy’s TRUE STORY.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com