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Our 8th Graders Cannot Read

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Let’s face facts. I mean, ask yourself this question:

 

Can my 8th grader

read every page

of every book

on his school reading list

without guessing at the words

or stumbling over the words

or substituting words?

 

 

If your answer was “No!” then it’s time to face the facts.

We are not going to see elevated reading levels for 8th graders and beyond until we place systematic phonics as the primary reading instruction tool in the lower grades and until we place systematic phonics as the primary reading instruction tool for 8th grade reading centers.

 

So what do I mean by a reading center?

 

 

A reading center is a place where students engage in reading-related activities such as phonemic awareness,  sounding-out skills, reading fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.

 

Sadly, many elementary, junior high and high school public school reading centers are hit and miss when it comes to phonemic awareness and sounding-out skills because teachers are hit and miss about whether or not to teach it, when to teach it and IF they know how to teach it.

 

This is because in most public schools, the main mechanics tool used for these centers revolves around whole-word memorization that has been salt and peppered with tiny fragments of analytic phonics.

 

What these reading centers should be built upon is a strong foundation of systematic, explicit phonics using all three phonics approaches: synthetic, linguistic and analytic, and they should be DUMPING whole-word memorization ENTIRELY. The few sight words that actually exist (those words that cannot be sounded out using regular phonics rules) can still be sounded out using a dictionary-key-phonetic tool.

 

In addition, even if our public schools were to actually jump aboard systematic, explici phonics-based reading centers, sadly, we just don’t seem to have a handle on the importance of distinguishing the differentiated reading concerns of our students, especially the older ones who struggle to read.

 

You see, some 8th graders (and beyond) need basic (back to the beginning) phonics reading instruction to learn the mechanics of sounding out words.

Other 8th graders (and beyond) need continuing phonics review in addition to enormous strides in reading comprehension activities that involve Socratic methods of reading comprehension.

 

But here’s the biggest problem: Our teachers have not been trained to do MOST of the above.

This doesn’t mean that our teachers are not capable of doing ALL of the above. They are VERY capable, but they are NOT receiving the training they need to do MOST of it.

 

And that’s really sad because reading scores in this nation will NEVER improve until our teachers know how to implement ALL of the above.

 

Is there more to be said on this subject?

There sure is!!!

 

However, we have to start somewhere, so let’s start with the mechanics of basic, systematic, explicit phonics instruction.

Let’s get that right, and then move on from there.

Why don’t we start with the true story

of a little girl named, Candy,

who couldn’t read;

and then she could.

 

Sincerely,

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

Help! My Older Child Cannot Read Anymore!

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Help!

 

My Older Child

 

is Struggling to Read!

 

He used to read,

 

and now he can’t.

 

 

Dads, Moms, are you questioning why your child is doing so poorly in reading in junior high or in high school when he started out getting such great grades in reading in elementary school? 

 

First of all, I want you to know that this is NOT uncommon.  In fact, this is extremely common because our public school children are learning to read using the sight-word method instead of learning to read using the intensive phonics method. Thus, they are not learning to read at all; they are learning to memorize and literally guess at words.

 

You see, today, children in our public schools are literally taught reading by memorizing one WHOLE word at a time.  They are NOT learning to sound out the words on that page. 

 

Oh, they may sometimes know the first letter sound in a word, and they may sometimes know the last letter sound in a word, but they have NO CLUE about the sounds inbetween the first and the last letters in the word because they’ve NEVER been taught that they need to know those sounds.

 

Rather, they’ve been taught TO GUESS at what each word is by whatever part of the word they do recognize (if any part) along with the context of the rest of the words in the sentence or by the picture on the page.

 

Guessing is NOT reading.

Real reading involves

sounding out words.

 

Guessing at words and calling it reading is absolutely one of the most ridiculous cruel lies that has ever been told to parents and students and even teachers.  Moreover, our precious children can only guess at just so many words before they become COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED with guessing at the ENDLESS numbers of words in the English language.

 

Yes, Mom, Dad, if you’ve been reading along up to this point, you probably have already guessed what the problem is! Namely, that by the time your child hit junior high or high school, the words in his textbook get to be a great deal longer and more complicated and more unfamiliar and, therefore, much, much, much, much harder “to remember.” 

All of sudden,

the guessing game

becomes the game

a kid hates. 

 

That’s what happens after the fourth grade.  Your child consistently, day in and day out, comes across words that he DOESN’T KNOW, and HAS NEVER SEEN before, and that can scare a child right out of the desire to want to read anything.

 

As a result, after the fourth grade, almost every child that has not learned how to sound out words phonetically will begin to “shut down” in his attempts to read.  In addition, as your child gets into books with a much bigger and less “repetitive” vocabulary, the reading struggle become TOO MUCH OF A STRUGGLE. 

 

Today, older children who once were very good readers in the first, second, third and fourth grades are becoming POOR READERS who are NOW struggling to learn ENDLESS NUMBERS OF WORDS from sight (from guessing or from the shape of the word etc.)

 

Sadly, as discovered by Kathryn Diehl (Director of the Research, Reading Reform Foundation), those older children have given up trying to “read” their assignments and have learned, instead, to listen to the teacher and to attempt to remember what was said so they can give back the information on tests.  They are using their textbooks as little as possible.

 

So what can a parent do to help their child?  Moms, Dads, you can give your child what he needed in the first place – the chance to learn how to sound out every word on every page using step-by-step systematic phonics lesson.

 

The good news is, it isn’t going to cost you an arm or a leg. You can purchase a $300 program in INSTANT DOWNLOAD form for just $9.97. The Candy 4WAY Phonics Curriculum includes everything your child will need to learn to sound out every word on every page.  

 

Fortunately, you can do that by spending less that $10 from your pocketbook and by spending right around 30 minutes a day from your daily schedule.  Trust me, it WILL BE worth your money and your time, because reading creates successful students and successful students grow up to responsible, hard working, well-paid citizens of the United States. 

Isn’t that what you want for your child?  Don’t you want your junior high or high school or even college child to know how to read every word on every page so that he can be successful in school?

 

Check us out: www.candy4wayphonics.com.

 

Here’s the bottom line. If you’re wondering why your older child cannot read anymore, it’s because he needed phonics when he first learned how to read; and he still does. Phonics will change everything! 

Dads, Moms, start your child over again.  Give him what he’s needed all along.  Sure they’re little kids lessons, so joke around about them and have fun with them in the privacy of your own kitchen table.  

Do it!  Enable your older child to read.

 

Sincerely, 

Carol Kay, President

Candy 4WAY Phonics

www.candy4wayphonics.com

 

P.S. Don’t forget to read the true phonics story of  little Candy.