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FREE PHONICS CURRICULUM – because YOUR Child Can’t Read!

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It is now the middle of the summer, and you have been trying to encourage your child to read fun books, and, well, he/she simply DOESN’T WANT TO READ.


Is it because he/she CAN’T READ?


Are you wondering why on earth your child, who’s gone to the public schools every day, has made it past the 3rd grade and still CANT READ? 


This is because our schools DO NOT offer systematic phonics in their reading instruction.  It’s true, and most of the teachers in our public schools wouldn’t have a clue how to teach systematic phonics even if they were told to use it for their reading method.  However, that’s not their fault! Systematic phonics instruction is NOT one of their required subjects in college. In fact, MOST colleges do not even offer a systematic phonics instructional reading course even as an elective course. 


I know, I know, your child’s teacher told you that he/she DOES teach phonics.  Well, he/she does NOT teach systematic, explicit phonics, and that makes all the difference in the world.  For certain, the “phonics” offered in our public schools today is NOT explicit systematic phonics. It is implicit, embedded phonics sprinkled in tiny amounts on top of LARGE servings of look/say whole-word memorization reading methods.


This is why the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program was specifically written for Moms and Dads – to help them solve this reading crisis with their own child, no matter what age their child is.


If a child is taken step by step, lesson by lesson, and taught the letter sounds, how to blend those sounds from left to right, and taught, step by step, lesson by lesson, all the phonograms that make up those sounds, that child will learn how to read unless he has a neurological disadvantage.


If you would like to learn systematic phonics yourself while you are teaching your child to read using a parent-friendly, systematic phonics curriculum, step-by-step, lesson by lesson for ABSOLUTELY FREE, click here.   Make certain that YOUR CHILD learns how to sound out every word on every page for the rest of his/her life?


Children who have difficulty reading represent a virtual cross-section of American children.  They include rich and poor, male and female,rural and urban and in all sections of our great nation.


Sadly, the latest NAEP assessment scores tell us that the number of older children who CANNOT READ has now become a grave, NATIONAL problem. Tests also confirm that the biggest stumbling block for ALL of these non-reading children is THE FACT that they NEVER learned to recognize what reading experts call “phonemes.”


Candy 4WAY Phonics offers 100 lessons of every phoneme your child will ever need to know in a parent-friendly, easy-to-use curriculum for ABSOLUTELY FREE!  Why is it 100% FREE?  It’s ABSOLUTELY FREE because the author of this program is FED UP with the fact that our children CANNOT READ!  


We truly believe that our ABSOLUTELY FREE COMPLETE PHONICS-FIRST CURRICULUM can’t be beat!




Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

When an Older Child Struggles with Reading

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When an older child


falls behind in reading,


he inevitably falls behind


in every other subject area. 


When an older child struggles in reading and if he has been tested and no neurological disorder has been found, then it’s time to consider that this older child is lacking in phonics skills.  In the nation’s capitol, for example, the percentage of older students past 3rd grade who cannot read at grade-level is between 60 and 70 percent.


Fortunately, when poor readers at any age exhibit weaknesses in phonological processing, word recognition speed and reading accuracy, the problem can be remedied with systematic phonics instruction.  However, that instruction is only effective if the student is taught to sound out words starting with the smallest segment of sound, individual letter sounds, and then lead into lessons involving two and three-letter blends, digraphs, long and short vowel rules, word endings and then a systematic progression of all the phonograms. 


When older children do not start again at the very beginning of phonics instruction, they later suffer with poor spelling, slow reading fluency, deficient vocabulary development and ultimately, low reading comprehension.  You will seldom find these struggling students succeeding in a college classroom, and that’s such a crime because the whole struggle could have been stopped; the whole problem could have been fixed. 


If an older student does not go back to the very beginning of phonics lessons, he will never break his habit of reading whole words by sight; he will never learn to approach a word by looking for and blending together its individual letter sounds and blends; he will never learn to sound out every word on every page. 


I’ve had parents ask me, “Does my older son or daughter really have to start at the very beginning of phonics lessons in order to learn to read phonetically? 


I always answer them with, “Yes! Absolutely! You want your child to learn how to sound out every word on every page.”  

You see, the ability to hear and isolate individual sounds in words (phonemic awareness) is a major skill that most older students who struggle in reading have not mastered. Rather, they have memorized whole words without knowing the individual letter sounds and blends that make up those words.  Moreover, they have not learned a proper left/right reading sequence, for the sounds within words should always be blended together from left to right.  Oh, there are many, many older students who may have caught a sound or a blend here and there, but that’s just the point.  It’s a hit and miss situation, and they deserve to have the same amount of phonetic instruction, from beginning to end, as that of a younger student learning to read for the first time using a step-by-step, systematic phonics curriculum.   


However, remember, these older students will be going through the simple lessons at the beginning of a phonics curriculum at a much faster speed than a younger child.  The important thing is that they need to begin at the beginning of a systematic phonics program to make certain that they have grasped every phonemic skill that they will need to read textbooks at higher reading levels.  Remember, eventually, they will need to absorb college level texts, and so they will need to know every sound and every blend in every word in order to never again struggle in reading.     


Frequently, a mom or a dad feels that they can skip the beginning blending and reading lessons of the phonics curriculum because their older son or daughter already knows many of the three and four letter words used in the lessons.  Again, naming the words and being able to isolate the individual sounds inside the words are two completely different matters. Isolating and blending sounds will make all the difference later on, so this is a foundation that all students need. 


Also, parents many times feel that the beginning blends and sentences are too childish etc. and as a result, they never really get started at all because they aren’t certain where to begin.  Sadly, they feel that it’s a waste of time to start their older student at the beginning of a phonics curriculum claiming that it will take too long for them to learn what they need to learn.  It’s at this point that I often share the following story:


A 40-year-old woman with no college degree worked in the lunch room for minimum wage at her local school. She began to consider going to college to get a degree in social services, for she daily observed many at-risk children she felt she could help if she only had the appropriate degree and the correct training. 


One day, while she was talking to her close friend in the lunch room about her plan to go to college, she explained her hesitation, “It’s going to take me four years before I graduate; I’ll have to start at the very beginning of college, and I will be going to school with a great many students younger than me.  Not only that, but I’ll be 44 years old by the time I graduate with only eighteen years left until I can draw social security.” 


Her wise friend asked, “And if you don’t go to school, in four years, how old will you be, and what will you be doing?”


The woman replied, “I guess I will still be working here in the lunch room and still seeing many at-risk students that I would like to help.  Hmmmm!  I guess I’d better enroll in college right away. I guess I need to get started.”


The moral of this story is this: No matter how late you start and no matter how far back you have to go to begin, the sooner you get started, the sooner you will finish. However, if you don’t start back at the beginning, you’ll never learn everything you need to know in order to do everything you want to do.


Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, teaching an older child to read is not difficult.  Your time in teaching must, however, be carried out on a daily basis following a correct systematic phonics program.  Your child can learn to sound out every word on every page, but it is vital that you begin your student at the beginning, and allow him the time to go through every necessary phonics lesson.

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The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum includes step-by-step phonics lessons, multi-sensory helps, flashcards, phonics readers, and lifetime rhyming phonics charts.  It will carry any student from the very beginning phonics lessons all the way through a 4th grade reading level and higher.

Upon completion of all the lessons and readers, your student will have learned every sound and every blend necessary to sound out every word on every page. After that, his reading practice and trips to the library will truly pay off.



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics



P.S. Please, don’t forget to Click here and read little Candy’s TRUE STORY – a little girl who struggled in reading.   

P.P.S. “Reading activates and exercises the mind.  Reading forces the mind to discriminate. From the beginning, readers have to recognize letters printed on the page, make them  into words, the words into sentences, and the sentences into concepts.  Reading pushes us to use our imagination and makes us more creatively inclined. . . The doors of the world are opened to people who can read.” (Dr. Ben Carson)


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. 


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. 


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



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics