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Teach Your Child to Write Creative Sentences

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Teach children how to write creative, fantastic sentences. 

We have so many children

who cannot construct

a simple sentence

let alone

write an interesting one.

For just $3.97,

you can teach your child

how to write grammatically correct,

creative sentences

loaded with descriptive words. 

 *Spend just 20 minutes a day, three times a week,

teaching that instruction.


Teaching Children to Write Creative Sentences 

is a fantastic,


printable teacher resource

for just $3.97

that makes it so easy to see:

1)The preliminary skills for children to gain prior to writing sentences.            

2) How to break down creative sentence construction using a blackboard and a teacher who always begins with the verb.

With this consistent teaching strategy, children can gain the solid skills — by the end of 4th grade to construct good, consistent, detailed sentencesthat use expressive modifiers and answer important questions like: Who? What? Where? When? What kind? How?

Gaining the skill to write sentences doesn’t happen overnight.  It is not a skill that children naturally acquire as they grow older.  Rather, learning to write good, creative sentences is a skill that is learned layer upon layer. 

Learning to write great sentences is really a simple skill to acquire if it’s a) taught in a fun, creative way, b) given within the framework of a step-by-step plan of action that involves student or group participation, and c) presented consistently with a blackboard and a teacher who always begins with the verb. 

Yet, today, we have so many children who cannot construct a simple sentence let alone write an interesting sentence.  Oh, yes, we’ve given our students worksheet after worksheet where they’ve been required to locate the verb and/or the subject, where they’ve been required to complete the sentence or to sequence a list of sentences.  We’ve given them story starters and asked them to write their own stories.  However, many of us have missed the boat in teaching them exactly how to create a good, solid, creative, descriptive sentence.  Sadly, this is why so many of our students still cannot construct a good, interesting, readable sentence by the time they enter their first rhetoric class in college.

Teaching Children to Write Creative Sentences demonstrates a method that if presented consistently by an excited, fun-loving teacher, will teach kids to easily compose good, creative, descriptive, easy-to-read sentences.

Check it out. 

Teaching Children to Write Creative Sentences a printable download  for just $3.97.


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

(Note – Teaching Children to Write Creative Sentences is a parent/teacher resource from the makers of Candy 4WAY Phonics.) 

Teaching Diphthongs Should Be Fun!

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Sounding out diphthongs is fun.


The sooner we can get that idea across to our students, the faster children will devour words containing diphthongs. 


This is one reason why Candy 4WAY Phonics uses rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration in as many beginning lesson plans as possible.  Learning diphthongs should be fun!  Children should learn to sound out diphthongs while they enjoy learning to read. 


Yes!  Learning to sound out words and learning to sound out diphthongs should be both rewarding and fun!   


So what is a diphthong?  A diphthong is a vowel sound produced when the tongue moves or glides from one vowel sound toward another vowel sound in the same syllable. 


Examples of diphthongs are:   

ea in created (pronounced:  crēāted)

io in Pinocchio (pronounced:  Pinocchēō)  

oy in boy (pronounced:  bōē).  

Note:  Even though oy is made up a vowel and a consonant, it is a diphthong because diphthongs are only defined as gliding vowel “sounds.”

Click here to see more examples of diphthongs.  

PARENTS AND TEACHERS can make diphthongs fun for children to learn by teaching diphthongs within  rhymes, simple songs, or picture games. 


However, one of the best ways to teach diphthongs

is within the context of daily phonics lessons,

lessons that utilize rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration. 


For example, look at these sentences presented in the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program that help children have fun, learn to sound out words, and gain skills in sounding out the diphthongs oi and oy:


Tenderloins are fried; steaks are charbroiled?

Some dogs are noisy; some cats are spoiled?

Foil has crinkles, and pencils have points?

Grandma has wrinkles and pain in her joints?

 Did you know that. . .

Cars that break down are put up on a hoist?

Soil that’s rained on gets muddy and moist?

Oysters are fried or just eaten raw?

Grandpa likes atta-boys, kinfolk, and Grandma?

(Taken from the Candy 4WAY Phonics Frosting Lesson 9)


The folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics capitalize on the fact that the easiest way to teach diphthongs is to first present them to a child as they naturally appear within his/her daily phonics lessons.  

Teaching diphthongs a few at a time helps children to retain these unique “diphthong” sounds, and the Candy 4WAY Phonics lesson plans provide children with plenty of practice drills and fun sentences to help those diphthongs take root in a child’s mind. 


The entire Candy 4WAY Phonics COMPLETE curriculum sells for just $9.97 as an INSTANT DOWNLOAD and contains:

* 100 step-by-step, fun daily lessons

 * easy-to-understand instructions

* sequenced phonics story readers

* phonics charts

* phonics drill and continuous repetition

* colorful, multisensory tools and pictures

* phonics flashcards

* lifetime rhyming phonics charts

*  free coaching and much, much more! 

 Candy 4WAY Phonics is a COMPLETE curriculum because it takes a child from preschool phonics lessons all the way through to a fourth grade reading level and higher and includes every systematic phonics tool available


Check it out: Candy 4WAY Phonics – it’s all you’ll ever need to teach your child to read every word on every page. 

 We know you’ll be happy! 

Learning diphthongs within the framework of daily, entertaining phonics lessons is fun.  The sooner we can get that idea across to our students, the faster children will devour words that contain diphthongs! 


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics


If My Child Can’t Read, is He Learning Disabled?

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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, slow.
Your child does not comprehend what she 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.


Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics