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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


My Child Says It’s not Important to Write Complete Sentences! Teaching Children to Write Complete, Creative Sentences!

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“Why should I care if I can write down my thoughts in complete sentences?  My friends don’t mind that I send them e-mails and text messages with phrases and codes, so why should anyone else make me write in complete sentences?”   


We, of course, need to remember that the above statement is coming from a child, a child who has been deceived into believing the lie (probably by his friends) that learning to record his thoughts in complete, understandable sentences with the correct syntax is not a necessary skill for today’s world.  Sadly, many of our children are falling more and more into this deception!


The truth is, when we’re speaking about putting lasting ideas down in writing,

–ideas that can change people or circumstances,

–ideas than can direct business meetings or corporate decisions,

–ideas that can convince, influence, or encourage with long-lasting results,

then we’re speaking about ideas that are written with complete, understandable sentences.  The lack of ability by American students to convey their thoughts with complete, easy-to-understand, grammatically-correct sentences should be a grave concern for American teachers and parents. 


We are delighted to tell you that this lack of ability, becoming more and more prevalent among American students, IS a grave concern to the folks at Candy 4WAY Phonics.   As a result, we’ve put together an affordable resource for  just $3.97 to provide teachers and parents with a systematic plan of instruction for creative sentence writing.   


 I often talk with those who have bought the Candy 4WAY Phonics Program and with those who are still in the “investigating” stage of searching for phonics curriculum.  As a result, I often hear comments like these from parents:


My daughter is in 5th grade.
We just discovered that she is only reading at a first grade level.
Her spelling is terrible and her sentences are all run-on sentences.
Now her teacher is asking her to write sentences each week summarizing her favorite places to visit. 

She is supposed to write sentences containing similies and metaphors.
How can she write sentences with metaphors when she can’t spell and she can’t write a complete sentence with a complete thought? 


My son is in the 4th grade.
He is constantly asking me to do all of his creative writing assignments for him.
He can list many details for his stories, but he cannot put those details into complete, coherent sentences.
He has no idea how to build the sentences necessary to write the stories he has going on in his head.


My daughter is in the 6th grade.
She cannot tell where a sentence begins and where it ends.
She has no idea what the difference is between a subject and a verb.
In fact, she does not know that a sentence needs both a subject and a verb.


My son is in the 7th grade.
He was just asked to write an essay containing five paragraphs.
My son cannot write a complete sentence let alone compose an essay made up of five paragraphs.


My daughter is 12 years old and she cannot read or spell.
When she writes, she will often compose sentences with a singular subject and a plural verb.
She has no idea why her sentences are wrong.
Her sentences really do sound correct to her.


My son is nine years old, but he cannot tell the difference between a complete sentence and a sentence fragment.  


My daughter is 10 years old, and she doesn’t know the difference between a noun and an adjective.
How is she going to make it in high school? 


My son is 11 years old.
The English sentences he writes for his assignments contain adjectives that are trite.
He writes with adjectives such as:  big, little, yellow, old, terrible, tall.
No one seems to care if his writing improves.
Well, I care!



At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we ALSO care

 We care if children can read, enough that we offer parents and teachers a complete Systematic 4WAY Phonics Program for just $9.97.  


We also care if children can write, enough that we offer parents and teachers a sentence building resource for just $3.97.


So many times we truly believe that our young students are capable of writing good sentences simply because they seem to talk, at times, in complete sentences. While there are some students who just seem to “naturally” know how to construct a good sentence, most children do not.  

And yet it should be “second nature” for all children to be able to construct a basic sentence complete with nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and prepositional phrases by the end of the 4th grade.


Our newest resource is entitled: Teaching Children to Write Creative Sentences


This newest sentence-building resource explains to parents and teachers exactly what preliminary work is vital before a child is ready to construct a solid sentence.


This is an easy-to-understand, systematic teaching plan that illustrates (with a teacher and a blackboard and, always, beginning with the verb) exactly how to teach students to write consistent, creative sentences that answer questions such as Who? What? Where? When? What kind? and How?


Check it out.  Teaching Children to Write Creative Sentences

We truly believe you’ll be glad you did!




Carol Kay, President

Candy4WAY Phonics.