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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. 


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:


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



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics



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.) 

Knowing the Spelling Patterns works!

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Teach your child the spelling patterns if you want him/her to learn to spell phonetically.

Now you can purchase 65 Large, Multisensory Phonics Flashcards/Wall Cards – all the phonograms and letters and blends along with all the possible spellings for each phonogram in printable/flashcard form for just $6.97.  Affordable?  It sure is! What’s more, you can print these on cardstock or print on regular copy paper and laminate as many times as you need throughout your teaching years. 

It’s so important to teach children to correctly spell using spelling patterns for the sounds they hear in word.  These 65 LARGE Colored Multisensory Flashcards/Wall Cards (available only from Candy 4WAY Phonics)are designed to help children learn all of the alphabet letter sounds, the short and long vowel sounds, and those 114 most common but tricky phonogram sounds. When printed, these Multisensory Flashcards/Wall Cards display Multisensory COLORED pictures as well as many catchy rhymes and phrases.

These are LARGE, 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch Multisensory COLORED Flashcard/Wall Cards in PDF Printable format – ready for you to print on paper or cardstock.

Each LARGE Colored Multisensory Flashcard/Wall Card picture appeals not only to a child’s sight, but also to his sense of touch, his appeal to colors, his sense of emotion, and his sense of hearing.

This is a great resource to help young children as young as preschool with phonemic awareness all the way up to older children who struggle in reading and need to learn not only the phonograms, but all the possible spellings for the phonogram sounds.

These 65 LARGE Colored Multisensory Flashcards/Wall Cards are also the perfect decor to surround a teacher’s classroom walls or a homeschooler’s education room.

Each of these Multisensory Flashcards/Wall Cards represents either one of the 26 alphabet letters sounds, one of the short or long vowel sounds, or one sound from the 114 most common but tricky phonograms.

For example, a freezing bear inside of an ice cube represents the sound of the phonogram br.

A hooting owl represents the sounds of long u, long oo, u_e, ue, ui, ew, ough.

Each of the long vowel sound Flashcards/Wall Cards displays all the possible spellings for each long vowel sound. For example, did you know that the sound of Long A can be spelled 10 different ways?


If you’ve ever viewed the television special about Marva Collins, you’ll remember those vintage multisensory alphabet letter wall cards that surrounded her classroom. Each wall card illustrated one multisensory picture that represented one of the alphabet letter sounds.

The Candy 4WAY Phonics 65 LARGE Colored Multisensory Flashcards/Wall Cards have been patterned after those vintage wall cards, except that each Candy Multisensory Wall Card has been updated with this generation’s styles.

Multisensory training takes advantage of the way our senses–hearing, sight, and touch — reinforce one another as we learn. The combination of listening, looking, and moving presented in these flashcard pictures creates a lasting impression—things connect to each other and letter sounds begin to fit into place in a child’s mind.

Once again, this is a great resource to help young children as young as preschool with phonemic awareness all the way up to older children who struggle in reading and need to learn not only the phonograms, but all the possible spellings for the phonogram sounds.



Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics