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Teach an Older Child to Read – Teach an Older Child Phonics – Teach a Struggling Reader How to Sound Out Words

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Mom, Dad, are you grieved because your older son or daughter cannot read?  Do you feel that you’re the only one in your child’s life who really cares?  Indeed, you might be the only one who really cares, and that’s exactly why you need to know that your child can learn to read every word on every page! 







1) Your child can learn to read every word on every page!


2) You can receive a COMPLETE Phonics program as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD including step-by-step instructions, 100 easy-to-follow daily phonics lessons, phonics readers, rhyming phonics charts, rhyming phonics flashcards, phonics drill, multisensory vowel helps, and free email coaching — all for just $9.97.


3) You will need to spend just 20 to 30 minutes a day with your child.


With the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum you can start your child (no matter what age he is) from the very beginning of phonics reading instruction and gradually build him/her into more and more complex words, sentences, paragraphs and readers. 



Well, here is the progression of the sounding-out skills taught in the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program:


First, all the individual letter sounds are taught (not the names of the letters but the sounds that the letters stand for).

Second, a student learns how to blend a beginning consonant with a vowel from left to right such as:  ba  le  fi

Third,  a student begins to blend together three or four-letter words with a short vowel from left to right such as:  bed  can  fill  bend  raft  lint

Fourth, a student learns to blend together four-letter words with a short vowel that begin with a digraph such as: bl  pl  st  tr  sw  sm  sc from left to right and onto words beginning with combinations such as:  spr  spl scr  str

Fifth, a student learns how to blend together four and five-letter words containing long vowel combinations such as:   oa  ee  ea  ay  ie along with silent e words such as: cake  pale  crane

Sixth, a student gradually builds into more and more complex words –  words with multiple syllables that contain all the rest of the phonograms such as: aw  -ing  ough  oo  ear  eigh  -dge  -tion  and  pro-  de-  -ious   ear   -tain   eau


With the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program, your child will build from sounding out all the individual letter sounds into mastering how to sound out 152 different phonogram sounds. 


Your student will gain these skills daily, step-by-step, mastering one step before proceeding to another, with easy-to-learn, fun, daily 4WAY Phonics lessons, charts, spiral drill, and, of course, readers.  In addition, your child will learn the basic spelling rules as they naturally surface within the daily phonics lessons.   


Doesn’t your child deserve to know how to read.  Doesn’t your child deserve to know how to sound out every word on every page for the rest of his life

Moms, Dads, you can give your child those vital, reading skills for just $9.97.  In addition, for just $10 more, you can purchase a computer CD-Rom version of the program where you can hear every letter and every word and every sentence read aloud in every one of the 100 daily phonics lesson. 


Check us out – Candy 4WAY Phonics!  We guarantee, we’re The Best Phonics Bargain in Town

Older Children Struggling to Read – The Nonsense of the Dolch Sight Words List – Controlled Vocabularies

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Genuine Sight Words are those few words that break phonics rules, and yet, some sight words are necessary in order for children to read sentences at a beginning-reader level.  

So that children can begin to read simple sentences, sight words first appear along with short-vowel words that consist of just three or four letters. 

The question, then, is not

Should we teach sight words? 


Rather, the two-fold question is

1) How many sight words are there?


2) What should determine whether or not a word should be classified as a genuine sight word? 


Let me stop here and explain the Candy 4WAY Phonics reasoning behind sight words.  The very limited list of sight words used in the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program is just one of the factors that separates Candy 4WAY Phonics from most other reading programs sold in America.  

Most educators agree that sight words are “those words that do not follow regular phonetic patterns and rules.”  Therefore, Sight Words are words that your child must memorize – not sound out– but memorize


I partially agree with this definition. 


There certainly is a list of genuine sight words that must be memorized, but that list is much smaller than most reading programs promote.  This is because of two reasons: 

FIRST, the long lists of sight words in most other reading programs include words that can be sounded out.   


SECOND, many words labeled as “sight words” that appear on these long word lists are placed on those lists because they are words that appear frequently in children’s books such as the I Can Read Book Series


As a result, words such as:  lookawaydown,  and  jump are often taught as sight words when, actually, they can easily be sounded out.   


If you can believe it, there are actually over 300 of these UNNECESARY, so-called “sight words,” and they are taught regularly in our public schools as words that need to be memorized as WHOLE words.  These so-called “sight words” appear on millions of word walls every year and on what is referred to as the Dolch Sight Word List.  

At Candy 4WAY Phonics  we emphatically believe that words should NOT be classified as “sight words” simply because they appear frequently in popular, easy-to-read children’s books.  

This is why the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program presents a fraction of the number of sight words that appear in other curriculums.  Furthermore, we only include genuine sight words in our program—those words that actually break phonics rules.

Fortunately, children are usually very adept at recognizing which words follow the rules and which words break the rules.  If you’ve been a parent for very long you are probably keenly aware that children are very good at knowing who broke a rule, exactly what rule they broke, and everyone else who got away with breaking that rule. Likewise, children are also very adept at recognizing when a word breaks a phonics rule and which phonics rule that word broke.      


At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we teach just 58 sight words throughout our program. Only 33 of those words also appear among the 315 sight words listed on the Dolch Sight Word List. 

In other words, the Dolch Sight Word list includes 282 words that CAN be sounded out. That’s 282 words that children are required to memorize as WHOLE words that they could have learned to sound out!


EVEN MORE SAD is the fact that in far too many American classrooms, where children are subject to the Dolch controlled-vocabulary list, a student’s reading level is determined by how many of these Dolch Sight Words he can recognize.  For example, the following ridiculous criteria is used by American educators to determine the reading levels for millions of elementary students: 


0 – 75     –      ESTIMATED READING LEVEL is Pre-primer

76 –  120  –     ESTIMATED READING LEVEL  is Primer

121 – 170  –    ESTIMATED READING LEVEL is 1st Grade

171 – 210 –    ESTIMATED READING LEVEL is 2nd Grade

 Above 210 – ESTIMATED READING LEVEL is 3rd Grade or higher            


If you think this is a fluky, nonsensical way to determine reading level, I couldn’t agree with you more.  Look, for example, at the free 4th Grade Reading Test offered on the Candy 4WAY Phonics  website.  In that reading test, you’ll see words such as: 

canopies     scarce     silent     interrupted     potent     fervors     foliage     fierce

You’re not going to find any of those words on the Dolch Sight Word List, and, yet, children who have been assigned with a 3rd grade reading level are going to encounter hundreds of these types of words during their 4th grade school year.  A child who has been trained to memorize all the WHOLE words on the Dolch List isn’t going to have a great deal of time left over to learn to sound out  words like canopies and foliage

 A phonics-trained student, however, will easily be able to read words like canopies and foliage along with words such as: 

canonization        cancerous        candidacies        canoodled 


folklore    follicular    manifoldness  and  portfolios


A child who has spent his days tediously learning to recognize high-frequency WHOLE words and is stuck daily reading boring I Can Read Books that focus upon such WHOLE words, will have mastered a whopping 1,216 words by the end of 3rd grade and 1,554 words by the end of fourth grade.  

In comparison, a child who has spent his days with the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program , systematically gaining the skills to sound out every word he encounters by daily studying and learning to blend all the letter combinations that make up words, will have mastered the skills necessary to sound out an estimated 30,000 words by the end of 3rd grade and over 40,000 words by the end of fourth grade. 

Moreover, the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program  even shows children how to “sound out” the sight words.

Is it true that sight words can be sounded out?

Genuine sight words cannot be sounded out using regular phonics rules, but they can be sounded out using a pronunciation key.  The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program includes a Sight Word Pronunciation Guide explaining the pronunciation symbols given for each of the 58 sight words in the program.   

To make it even easier, the Candy 4WAY Phonics CD-Rom Program (which sells for just $19.97) includes an Audio CD-Rom by which parents can hear every letter and every word and every sentence in every daily phonics lesson, eliminating all the guesswork as to the correct pronunciation of all the letters and blends that make up words.)   

In summary, at Candy 4WAY Phonics  , we DO NOT agree with the number of sight words that most curriculums promote.  The standard Dolch Sight Word List used by a great many educators grossly overloads the minds of children with tons of needless whole-word-memory tasks!

Moreover, reading studies now show that any kind of approach to reading that does not include a strong phonics focus is risking failure for a larger percentage of our children.

Simply put, children are never going to love reading if they can’t read. 

Many children of normal intelligence are simply not capable of memorizing thousands of WHOLE words, and yet that is most certainly what is happening in one classroom after another as children are taught to memorize WHOLE words instead of learning to sound them out. 

Sadly, when children of normal intelligence cannot read, they are at risk of being labeled ”learning-disabled” and then, even more sadly, they become locked in with the label:  “special-education.” 

On the other hand, once a child has approached words from a “sounding out” process, that child will find it much easier to read every word on every page, including all the genuine sight words! 


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

U.S. Literacy – So Many in the United States Cannot Read. There is a Solution!

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do you personally know even just one of the 11 million adults in this nation that cannot read the English language? 


I’m asking you this because if you DO know of an adult who cannot read or an adult who struggles to read, this means that they do not have the skills they need to handle many everyday life tasks such as reading menus or grocery boxes, enjoying magazine articles or good books, understanding a bus schedule or the directions on a prescription label.


What I find appalling, however, is the fact that there are no reports indicating that adult literacy has risen in the United States since the last report published in 2003 stating that “the proportion of adults with high literacy skills fell from 20 percent in 1994 down to 14 percent.”


Folks, that’s just disgusting! After all, we live in the United States of America!  We pour billions of dollars every year into our educational programs, and for what?  So that 11 million adults in our nation can continue to NOT READ??? 


So that 11 million adults in our nation can continue to feel dumb,” when in reality, they are probably brilliant???


If you are one of these adults and someone is reading this article to you, did you know that adults who DO have the ability to read made an average yearly salary of $50,700 in 2003, and that those same statistics tell us that those lucky folks made approximately $28,000 more than you made that same year — simply because they could read and you couldn’t?


Are you getting bothered yet?  Are you getting bothered enough to do something about it? 





You can teach yourself, at your own dining room table, how to sound out every word on every page!    


If you have a computer with audio sound capabilities, then for ABSOLUTELY FREE you can download the Candy 4way Phonics Lessons as well as the Audio Download where you can hear all 100 step by step lessons read aloud.  Candy 4WAY Phonics  that employs the same 4WAY Phonics Method  that was used to teach a little girl named Candy how to read back in the 1950’s.  It will take you step-by-step through 100 daily phonics lessons until you can sound out every word on every page. 


The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program will start you out with basic letter sounds and carry you all the way through every blend, every phonogram, every sight word until you’ve lost all of your fear of reading.  You see,  Candy 4WAY Phonics is NOT more of the same “reading drudgery” that you’ve already had. 


As an adult, you probably went through a school system that taught you to read by memorizing whole words placed on word walls or found in books that repeated the same words over and over and over and over again.  At Candy 4WAY Phonics we believe this type of reading approach is hogwash 

Reading should begin with learning the basic alphabet sounds and learning to blend those sounds together from left to right. After you’ve learned all the sounds of the letters and after you’ve spent time with the 100 Daily Phonics Lessons learning to blend those sounds together within words, then you will no longer be afraid to approach new words, because you’ll be able to sound out all the words you come to from left to right even if you’ve never seen the words before. 


With Candy 4WAY Phonics you will learn to sound out words one step at a time, one lesson at a time, until you’ve learned all the sounds and all the blends that make up all words.


In addition, with the ABSOLUTELY FREE Candy 4WAY Phonics Audio Download you won’t have to guess at what the letters and blends sound like, because you’ll be able to hear all of them read aloud on every Daily 4WAY Phonics LessonYou might need a little help to read the directions that come with the program, just to get yourself started, but after that, you’ll be able to actually hear every word and every blend, and every sentence read aloud on every page of the 100 daily phonics lessons – eliminating all the guesswork about what the letters and blends are supposed to sound like


Please, don’t spend the rest of your life not knowing how to read.  When you’re finished with The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program, you will not only know how to read, but after practicing your reading for a couple of years after that, you’ll be able to read better than most of the people you know



Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics