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Making Inferences Personally Connecting

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Have you ever talked with a child that just seems more capable of drawing conclusions or engaging in more “adult-type” conversation than the average child?  Children that have this capability have received training in how to read, think, and reason. 


When a child learns to make inferences, it simply means that he can read a page and draw a particular conclusion of his own, not just from the basic information stated directly in the text, but also from the information that he gathers from clues or hints that he finds inbetween the lines of the text.

Inferential thinking is being able to answer more than just the questions: Who? What? When? Where? and How?  Inferential thinking is when a child learns to  answer these questions:

A) What did you find in the material you read that is relevant to your life, and why is it relevant to your life?

B) Can you relate any portion of the material you read to someone or something else in your life?

C) How do the conclusions you’ve drawn from the material you read relate with the choices you make or will make in the future? 

D) How do the conclusions you’ve drawn from the material you read relate with your personal values?


A child will know how to answer those questions after he learns to add together:

A) the actual facts he reads in the text
B) the hints and clues he finds inbetween the lines of the text
C) the conclusions he has previously drawn from his own knowledge, research,  and experiences.


Of course, gaining the proper phonetic skills to actually be able to read every word on every page is the first step to inferential thinking. A child who can sound out all the words in front of him has a much better chance of drawing conclusions about the details given in the reading or of making inferences based upon what he reads inbetween the lines of the reading.  After a child learns to read fluently, he can then learn to proceed beyond the standard facts given on a page and to surmise research-based conclusions of his own.


How do children learn to draw those conclusions?  Children as young as four and five years old can learn to connect bits and pieces of information from the reading of a text from their own stored knowledge, and from their personal experiences through conversations that result from listening to stories and readings that their parents read aloud to them.


Reading aloud to your child will not teach your child how to read. However, reading aloud to your child will enable your child to hear numerous words that are not in his regular vocabulary, to hear ideas and opinions that are not necessarily his own, and to hear written material read through the oral expression of an adult.


The biggest advantage to oral reading, though, is the opportunity it affords to you, Moms and Dads, to discuss with your child what he can “imply” or “infer” from the selections that you read out loud. For example, let’s take the opening lines of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The opening lines of this classic story read as follows:

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks.
She went for a walk in the forest.
Pretty soon, she came upon a house.
She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in.


Those wonderful opening lines can open up whole channels of conversations between parents and children, conversations that begin with questions such as:

1) Why would you think that Goldilocks felt it was safe to walk in the forest alone?

2) How do you think Goldilocks felt about having the name, Goldilocks? 

3) What kinds of names do you want to give to your future children, and why? 

4) Have you ever seen a house hidden away in a forest? 

5) Would you walk into a house if no one answered the door?


Moms and Dads, it is easy to teach our children inferential thinking when we begin reading aloud to them at a young age.  However, be prepared for the inevitable, because children who learn to discuss stories with their parents will eventually desire deeply to read those stories and draw those conclusions independently, by themselves.  Be prepared to make certain that your children receive the proper phonetic training in order to do that.


If a child does not receive the proper phonics training to read for himself, he’ll give up on reading, he’ll give up on books, he’ll give up on his own abilities to draw research-based conclusions and he’ll lose confidence in his own abilities to express himself.


However, children who do receive the proper reading instruction can carry on with inferential thinking.  Inferential thinkers are not just smarter children, but they are wiser children who can:

a) Read and gain information.

b) Mesh that information together with their own research, knowledge, and experiences, and

c) Use that whole package to serve their family, friends, country, and God.


Parents, smarter, wiser children don’t just happen. They are trained.

May God Bless Your Efforts,
Carol Kay, Candy 4WAY




Believe in Your Child! Your Child CAN Learn to Read!

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Your child could be reading EVERY word on EVERY page, skimming through connective words and complex sentence openers, and progressing into inferential thinking.

Even your OLDER CHILD can learn to read fluently! Click here to read more about that!

YES, all of that can happen with YOUR child! However, your child will need two VITAL tools to entice him onto that exciting journey:

1) He will need to use a tested systematic phonics reading system.

2) He will need a reading teacher who intensely and emotionally cares about his reading progress. That means that your child needs YOU as his reading teacher.

Your little one does NOT need a village or a certified teacher to learn to read.

Your child just needs a mom (or a dad) who is willing to become a fellow learner with their child. That’s because God has designed PARENTS to instruct their own children in the foundational basics needed to get along in life.


Of course, for the most part, a parent’s one-on-one instruction in any subject area will produce better results than group instruction. Reading, however, is the entire foundation of learning! Therefore, reading is best taught to a child one-on-one by his parent.

It has been my teaching experience that our society has been fed a list of FIVE terrible, terrible “reading” lies. Following are a list those lies countered with THE TRUTH.

1.) LIE NUMBER ONE – Teaching reading is difficult.
THE TRUTH? The subject of reading is not difficult to learn or teach. With patience and a correct 4WAY Phonics system, learning to read can be fun and fullfilling for parent and child.

2.) LIE NUMBER TWO – Teaching a child to read can only be accomplished by a trained professional.
THE TRUTH? Parents make THE BEST teachers for their child.

3.) LIE NUMBER THREE – Teaching a child to read requires the knowledge of a combination of several reading methods.
THE TRUTH? Teaching a child to read requires the knowledge of only one 4WAY Phonics system for reading.

4.) LIE NUMBER FOUR –Parents and others who decide to invest in reading materials must be prepared to pay a pretty penny for those materials.
THE TRUTH? Reading material should not be expensive. A consistent, time-proven reading system is all that is needed to create a good reader.   The Candy 4WAY Phonics Program is a time-proven, complete K4 thru 4th Grade 4WAY Phonics Program, and it’s designed for PARENTS and sold at a price PARENTS can afford!

For just $9.97  you can have an entire systematic 4WAY Phonics Program:

100 Systematic, Synthetic Daily Phonics Lessons
20 Colored Sequenced and Leveled Story Readers
Multisensory tools
Rhyming, Colored Alphabet Charts
Pronunciation keys (even for the sight words)

5.) LIE NUMBER FIVE – A parent who does not know phonics cannot teach a child to read phonetically.
THE TRUTH? Parents who don’t know phonics make THE BEST teachers, because they know their child’s feelings and fears!

So how can Moms (and Dads) make that difference in their child’s reading ability? To begin, Moms can select the one reading system that has NEVER failed to work in any language or in any country or in any time period. To read more click here.
Happy Reading!
Carol Kay, President,