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Far Too Many Children Who Cannot Read End Up in Prison! How Tragic!

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When the State of Arizona projects how many prison beds it will need, it factors in the number of kids who read well in fourth grade (Arizona Republic (9-15-2004)).  Sorry to say, the evidence tells us that children who do not read by third grade often fail to catch up and are more likely to drop out of school, take drugs, or go to prison. 

 

In fact, there are so many nonreaders winding up in jail in Arizona,

that Arizona officials have now found they can use the rate of illiteracy

to help calculate future prison needs.

 

This is because the Department of Justice states, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” Over 70% of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.

 

How does all this happen? 

 

A pattern develops early on for children who do not learn to read by the end of 3rd grade. 

 

Children who cannot read:

a)    often become disruptive in the classroom

b)   find it difficult to focus on their studies

c)    many times choose other children who cannot read as their friends

d)   find excuses not to attend school at all.

 

So is it only the folks in Arizona who know the link between illiteracy and youth imprisonment?  Sadly, no!  Michigan educators know it, too.  Did you know that according to the Michigan Department of Education, half of all the adolescents and young adults with criminal records have reading difficulties?

 

This truly is tragic!  It means that half of the young people locked up today as criminals started out in elementary school struggling in reading.  I have to wonder exactly where their bad behavior problems started – was it shortly after they realized they couldn’t read or was it during the whole learning-to-read process? 

 

The bottom line is this: 

60% of Urban children in the U.S. do not graduate from High School. 

and 

40% of those children who do graduate only read at a 4th grade level.

 

 

I mean, let’s face it, reading serves as the major foundational skill for all school-based learning. If a child can’t read, he’s not going to learn much in school, and that reading handicap is an absolute set-up to entice a child to hang out with the wrong friends. 

 

So is it just Arizona and Michigan students who have the problem?  In other words, is it just the Arizona and Michigan Departments of Education that know about this reading disaster? 

 

Your child’s doctor most likely is also aware of the problem.  Pediatricians all across America know about it.  In fact, the reading struggles of our children present such a grave problem that the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that doctors prescribe reading activities along with other advice given to parents at their child’s regular check-ups. Moreover, many of America’s doctors now believe that a child who has never held a book or listened to a story is not “a fully healthy child.”

 

Well, if our doctors think that just holding a book or listening to a book represents a healthy child, how much more healthy if the child could actually READ the book?

 

O.K., so we’ve heard from Arizona and Michigan educators, and we’ve heard from those who compile urban school children literacy statistics, and we’ve heard from America’s doctors.  Who else knows about this perilous problem?  (I say perilous because – well – half of all the adolescents and young adults in our nation’s prisons began their lives NOT learning to read).

 

It just so happens that America’s book publishers for children are also aware of this reading catastrophe.  In an article printed by Personalized Children’s Books  & Music, they tell us clearly that “Difficulty with reading does not just affect your child’s ability in school, but carries over as low self-esteem into every aspect of life. Surveys of adolescents and young adults with criminal records show that about half have reading difficulties.”

 

So why isn’t somebody doing something about this reading tragedy? 

 

Believe me, something is being done, but it’s hard to hear the solution voices over all the noise being made by those voices that are dodging our concerns.

 

For example, if you would like to see a sampling of the overwhelming voices that are misdirecting our questions, I dare you to Google this question:  “Why do children struggle in reading?”  Go ahead, do it!  You’ll find all kinds of webpages explaining to us why children with learning disabilities cannot read, but you won’t find much of anything about why all the other children WITHOUT learning disabilities cannot read. 

 

In your Google search, you’ll hear all about dyslexia, and learning disabilities, and hearing problems, and vision problems, and speech problems, and how children have so many difficulties in listening or speaking or writing or reasoning that they just can’t learn to read. The problem is that these explanations do not concern any of the 4 out of 10 American children WITHOUT learning disabilities, those 40% of all children who are currently in the fourth grade who cannot read at grade level. 

 

Instead, whenever reading struggles are mentioned we get bombarded with webpages that talk about children with learning disabilities instead of all those children without learning disabilities who, for some strange reason, cannot read.

Those Google searches would have us believe that the MAIN reason that children struggle in reading is because they have a learning disability.

 

But the truth is,

only about 5% of children across America

actually have any learning disability at all

and 60% of THOSE children

DO NOT have a reading disability

 

So what’s going on with the other 40% of these learning disabled children; why aren’t they learning how to read?  Furthermore, what’s going on with the 4 out of 10 children – the 95% of children WITHOUT any learning disability – why can’t they read?  Why are all of THOSE children NOT showing up in the Google searches for “Why do children struggle in reading?”

 

Ever get the feeling that our questions are being avoided?  That’s because they are.  Instead of hearing factual answers as to why our children aren’t learning to read, we’re hearing things like: “Learning to read is difficult because it is a multifaceted experience” and “Learning to read with phonics doesn’t teach our children to read for meaning.” 

 

Here’s what I have to say about all of that – bologna! 

 

Moms, Dads,

your children CAN learn to read

if they’re given an affordable, step-by-step,

systematic phonics-based curriculum. 

 

I have good news!  

For less than $10 you can purchase an INSTANT DOWNLOAD of a step-by-step systematic phonics COMPLETE curriculum that includes all of the following: 

  • 100 Daily, Step-by-step Phonics Lessons that teach every phonogram you child will every need to learn in order to sound out every word on every page

  • 20 Sequenced Phonics Story Readers With Real Story Content

  • Rhyming Alphabet Phonics Charts

  • Multisensory Vowel Helps

  • Continuous Phonics Drill and Review

  • Rhyming Phonics Flashcards

  • Rhyming Lifetime Phonics Charts that enable children to remember all the sounds they’ve learned for the rest of their lives.

  • Free Email Support For As Long As You Need It!

 

Sound too good to be true?  It’s not!  Unlike those Google searches, we are hitting the nail on the head and giving children everything they need to learn to read every word on every page. 

 

Check us out:  www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

Oh!  Don’t forget to read Candy’s TRUE reading story.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

 

Teach an Older Child to Read – Teach an Older Child Phonics – Teach a Struggling Reader How to Read the Whole Page

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Mom, Dad, are you grieved

because your older son

or daughter

cannot read? 

 

Does your child fail tests? 

Does he struggle to understand what he reads? 

Are you tired of school conferences that get you nowhere? 

Does your child groan or even cry when you ask him to 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! 

 

DON’T GIVE UP!   

THERE IS AN ANSWER!   

YOUR CHILD CAN LEARN TO READ EVERYTHING!

 

HERE ARE THREE PIECES OF GREAT NEWS!  

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

 

2) You can receive the COMPLETE Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum 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 to reap the reward of watching your child learn to sound out all the words on the page.

 

In addition, while your child is learning to sound out every word he encounters, the Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum will also be building him into reading more and more complex sentences.  Look at the following progression of sentences as they grow in complexity throughout the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program

Dad is sad.  Mom is red.  Ken got a jet.  Kim is in bed.

 

As Mr. Bent did bask in the sun, Big Bug bit his back!  He bit it in fun!

 

Red and white candy canes taste so good. I would tape them to my shirt, if only I could.

 

Rowdy the hound is the chat of the town. He can chow down on brown bones by the hour.  He can slouch on the couch and munch prime ribs ‘till dark, and slurp grapes that are oh, so sour!

 

“Yes!” said Marcie’s teacher. “If we make out a plan to go and read it to Mr. Clay, we would not be bending any of our school rules.  We could go fishing and reel in a big catch.”

 

I saw a crawfish all long and all red, crawling over a rock in a swampy riverbed.
Its claws were so awesome!  It had ten scrawny legs.  So I picked up that crawfish and gave it to Peg.

 

It was a beautiful Saturday morning to jog, and the bright, green hue on the grass was still wet and glistening. As Katie flew across the countryside, she spotted only a few patches of mud, though a hard rain had beaten down upon the earth earlier that morning. Worried thoughts from the evening before were still brewing in the back of Katie’s brain, but she resolved to just ignore them.

 

Just as quickly, both girls recognized little Cole Glover. Cole was snuggled into a tire swing that swayed back and forth on one of the big branches of the old willow tree that stood proudly in the Andersons’ backyard. The tree’s long, golden branches hung almost down to the ground creating a cozy canopy of shade from the bright morning sunlight.

 

Douglas Delay had developed technology that could only be understood by the F.B.I. His automobile was under investigation, but, as yet, no one had traced Doug’s whereabouts or knew of the delivery date for the resources he carried. The extent that his enemies would go through to secure that valuable information could only be interpreted by his most loyal friend, Eddy Exit, otherwise, known as: “The Envelope Man.” 

 

This was not just a neon sign, it was a symbol of hope.  This was a marker designed to manifest beauty, culture, achievement, and reward to a struggling Appalachian mining town. These hard-working people would now be able to link their children and their grandchildren together by connecting them with the discovery and delight of classical music.

 

 

HOW DOES A CHILD BUILD INTO MORE COMPLEX SENTENCES?

 

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, readers, flashcards, charts, and continuous phonics review.  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.  Or if you prefer, for just $10 more, you can purchase a computer CD-Rom version of the program where you can actually 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

 

Sincerely,

 

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

Was Your Child’s Reading Score Low on His Report Card?

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It Happened Again.

You Saw the Report Card.

He’s Below Average in Reading.

 

You’re worried. You don’t know what to think. You don’t know what to do.

 

You want to trust the teacher when she says, “Wait a while!”

 

However, you don’t trust that “waiting awhile” is really going to do the trick.

Your child is getting older every year, not younger, and that window of opportunity to learn to sound out words is quickly slipping away.

You see more and more of these types of comments on your child’s report card:

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.

Or your child brings home notes that say any of the following:

Your child cannot recognize sight words.

Your child needs a lot of repetition and practice in order to retain reading vocabulary.

Your child still confuses words that look alike.

Your child’s reading is not yet automatic.

Your child cannot read his sentences back.

Your child has difficulty distinguishing sounds in words.

Your child has not developed a mature reading vocabulary.

Your child confuses sounds.

Your child has difficulty remembering the spelling of non-phonetic words.

Your child cannot spell.

So what’s next? How are you supposed to know what to do?

 

I know this may sound trite, but have you tried systematic phonics?

 

I’m not talking about the type of phonics that the teacher is telling you that your child is “already getting.”

 

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.

 

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.

 

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, systematic phonics lessons, phonics charts, phonics readers, phonics drill, phonics flashcards, and so much more for less than $10.

 

 

That’s correct! Don’t let the price fool you! You really will receive all of the above for just $9.97.

 

 

To learn more about a COMPLETE and soooooooo affordable systematic 4WAY phonics curriculum that enables parents to teach their children, age 4 through Grade 4, to sound out words using a systematic, step-by-step, easy-to-understand, fun 4WAY Phonics curriculum, click here.

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com