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Was Your Child’s Reading Score Low on His Report Card?

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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, or slow.

Your child does not comprehend what he 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.

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

Still Struggling in Second Grade – Still Can’t Read!

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The American education establishment would like parents to believe that if a child can’t read by the second or third grade, it must be because of something in the child. It just does not occur to them that the whole-word, guided reading method used in American classrooms today is failing to teach our children how to sound out every word on every page. 

 

The fact is that 28 major countries in the world have a higher literacy rate than the United States. In the United States, the total number of functionally illiterate adults increases by approximately 2.25 million every single year. Even more sad, 76 percent of high school students in Detroit schools flunked out this June while other cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston produced dropout rates from 50 to 60 percent.

 

The bottom line is this, if we don’t do something to fix the reading rate of American children, then 1.2 million illiterate teens will continue to hit American streets each year.

 

More and more elementary children who struggle to read

are rapidly growing into

teenagers who are still struggling to read. 

Why? 

Too many folks today do not have a solid grasp

on what learning to read involves.  

 

Learning to read should never involve teaching a child to guess  at a word!   

Learning to read should involve teaching a child: 

1) how to sound out a word from left to right

and

2) that he can know for certain what the word on the page is. 

 

Unfortunately, far too many teachers believe that word guessing is necessary and, consequently, their reading groups include a whole gamut of reading approaches to promote word guessing

 

For example, here are other approaches that are presently used in our classrooms to back up the word guessing game:   

1) Looking for more prompts or clues

2) Doing “picture walks” or guessing at words or phrases by predicting what might happen next

3) Having whole groups of children “whisper” an entire book to themselves using PVC whisper phones

4) Simply telling a child to “Try that again.”

5) Asking a child questions such as: “Does that make sense?”

6) Asking a child questions such as: “What part of the word do you know?

7) Asking a child questions such as: “What does the word start with?”

8) Asking a child questions such as “Have you ever seen a word that looks like that?

9) Asking a child questions such as: “Does the picture on the page give you a clue?

10) Telling a child he is a good reader, when, in actuality, he cannot read a great many words at his grade level. 

 

Moms, Dads, Grandpas, and Grandmas, let’s define exactly what is meant by reading: 

 

Reading is when a child can survive in a fast-paced, high-tech American classroom, look at a page of text, effortlessly sound out every word he encounters, gain a basic understanding of what he has read, be able to accurately draw conclusions from the facts given, and comprehensively make inferences from all the details specified.

 

A child who can read should have the ability to read selected text accurately, smoothly, effortlessly, and with appropriate expression and meaning.

 

Moms, Dads, your child does not have to join the statistics for struggling readers.  It’s true, some children are reading disabled, but the majority of children struggling in reading are not learning disabled, they just haven’t been taught to read using a reliable systematic, step-by-step phonics approach. 

 

Parents, if your child is struggling in reading, for less than $10 you can change his reading future.

 

Please check us out – Candy 4WAY Phonics — a simple, affordable, step-by-step systematic 4WAY Phonics Curriculum that can change a struggling reader into a reader! 

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

Children are Learning the Wrong Kind of Phonics in the Public School Classroom.

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 QUESTION: Do children get phonics in school?

 

ANSWER:  Yes and No.  It depends on “which kind” of phonics you’re referring to.  There are two kinds of phonics:  ONE TYPE produces readers and the OTHER TYPE produces guessers.

 

QUESTION:  What are the two kinds of phonics?

ANSWER:  There are two kinds of phonics:  implicit (embedded) phonics and explicit (systematic) phonics.

 

QUESTION:  What is the difference between implicit and explicit phonics?  In other words, what is the difference between embedded and systematic phonics? 

ANSWER:  We can see the difference only by explaining the reading approach of both methods.  So let’s begin by explaining Implicit, Embedded Phonics.

 

Implicit, Embedded Phonics

Implicit, Embedded phonics begins with a WHOLE WORD and works down to smaller parts.  So when a child is taught to read using implicit phonics, blending and building a word (sounding it out from left to right) is NOT taught.

Can you imagine memorizing 300 WHOLE words every year?  Well, this is exactly what many American children have attempted to do; and, as you can imagine, many of those children have failed miserably!  

 With implicit phonics, a child does a great deal of “guessing.” In fact, he is taught that “guessing” is the correct approach to “figuring out what the word is. ”

Children taught with implicit, embedded phonics are instructed to:

1) “Guess” at the word by looking at the picture on the page.

2) “Guess” at the word by looking at the beginning and ending letters of the word.

3) “Guess” at the word by attempting to recognize the word ending or any other “chunk” of the word in the middle or at the end of the word.   

4) “Guess” at the word by looking at the shape of the word.

5) “Guess” at the word by reading the rest of the sentence to see which word “would make sense in the sentence.”  

Because children using the implicit, embedded phonics method are given a “salt and pepper” phonics, their “phonics” education begins with the memorization of whole blended “chunks” within words instead of with the correct pronunciation and blending of the individual letters that begin words.  

With implicit, embedded phonics, the child is told to look for a whole “chunk” inside the word that he recognizes.  As a result, a child often begins reading the word at the spot where he recognizes the whole “chunk” rather than to begin reading the word at the beginning of the word.   

 

Now let’s look at Explicit, Systematic Phonics. 

Explicit, Systematic phonics begins a child with the smallest part of a word, a single letter sound.  That child then learns to blend that single-letter sound with another single-letter sound.  From there he moves on to digraphs and diphthongs and phonograms always blending together all the sounds in a word from the beginning of the word all the way through to the end of the word, reading the word from left to right.     

With explicit, systematic  phonics, children are NEVER taught to guess at words.   

With explicit,systematic phonics all words are read from left to right, which follows in the natural order, because sentences should be read from left to right.  

 

QUESTION:  Do both implicit and explicit phonics teach children to read? 

ANSWER: Sadly, many parents today have been told by their child’s teacher that their little one is receiving phonics, and they probably are.  However, the phonics that American children receive in their public classrooms is the embedded, implicit, watered-down kind of phonics. 

In addition, by using the Dolch Sight Word List, teachers are insisting that children “guess” at “whole” words.  They then insist that children learn to say those whole words faster and faster within sentences instead of learning to to take their time and “sound out” and properly ascertain what all the words in the sentence really are. 

As a consequence of implicit, embedded phonics, children:

a)  Read words that aren’t really there,

b) Skip words,

c) Substitute wrong words for the actual words on the page, 

d) Mumble words.  

Subsequently, comprehension levels (a child’s understanding of the sentences he is reading) are floundering for far too many students.  

In today’s American public school classroom, our children are NOT learning explicit, systematic phonics.  They are getting watered-down, implicit, embedded phonics coupled with the guided reading guessing-game reading approach, and that is precisely why so many of our children cannot easily sound out every word on every page.

Most folks do not realize that American public school teachers do not receive explicit, systematic phonics training in any of their college classes.  Because of this, teachers are not aware of the damage that is happening to children when they are not learning to sound out words.  Children are often labeled as learning disabled or as ADHD or any other of a number of labels, when really, they just need the chance to adequately learn all the sounds within words and how to blend all those sounds from left to right.   

Even those very few teachers who were personally raised with explicit, systematic phonics instruction rarely use systematic phonics in the classroom because:

Today, the concept of Guided Reading is a featured technique in nearly every elementary school in America.  (Open Education, Fountas and Pinnell).

 QUESTION:  Is there a solution?  Is there some way for our children to receive explicit, systematic phonics instruction so they won’t have to guess at words?  

ANSWER:  There sure is!

At Candy 4WAY Phonics, we believe that children deserve to learn to read everything put in front of them so that they can move up to other necessary skills like comprehension and inferential thinking – lifelong skills that will give them jobs with an adequate income – lifelong skills that will move them into households far above the poverty level.

While it may be true that almost HALF of American adults grew up as children who struggled in reading, YOUR child doesn’t have to join that statistic.

 

Parents, you can teach your own children to read using a correct, systematic 4WAY Phonetic system, a system that includes daily, easy-to-follow step-by-step lessons, step-by-step rhyming phonics charts, sequenced phonics story readers, and rhyming flashcards. 

The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum:

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–WILL TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ EVERY WORD ON EVERY PAGE!

 

Moms, Dads, your child CAN learn to read!

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President
Candy 4WAY Phonics
www.candy4wayphonics.com

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