Memoria Press’s set of Phonics Flashcards can be used with most phonetically-based reading programs. With 284 flashcards in the set, you can teach or review just about every phonetic element you can think of.
Flashcards are numbered and they are divided into ten categories to make it easier for you to select those that you need as your child progresses. Divider cards for the ten categories are included although they don’t have tabs to make them easy to spot. Flashcards are 5.5 by 4.25 inches, so while they are too small for working with a large classroom group, they are perfect for working one-on-one with a child.
While some brief general instructions are included, you have to decide for yourself when and how to use them. It should be relatively easy to match the cards up with the sequence of most phonics programs. The flashcards might also be useful for those who use a less structured method for teaching children to read but who still want to teach phonics.
The ten categories for the flashcards are:
- Letters With More Than One Sound (includes long and short vowels plus sounds of y, c, g, and s.)
- Consonant Teams A
- Initial and Final Consonant Blends
- Vowel Teams A (long and short vowels)
- Consonant Teams B
- Vowel Teams B (five more vowel sounds)
- R-Controlled Vowels
- Advanced Letter Teams
- Common & Sight Words (111 cards are in this category.)
Of course, you can teach categories in whatever order you prefer, and you might not use all of the flashcards in a category at the same time.
Cards are printed on heavy card stock. All cards up through number 167 feature black-and-white illustrations. When appropriate, cards include sample words on the back and, sometimes, the phonetic pronunciation.
The cards come shrink-wrapped in a bundle, but you will probably want to use some sort of storage box to stand the cards upright for easy accessibility.