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Sound Spelling Teaching Cards

Unlock the world of phonics with our Sound Spelling Teaching Cards! This multisensory powerhouse is your go-to solution for systematic phonics instruction, seamlessly blending letter-sound relationships, phonemic awareness, and grapheme/phoneme components. Engage learners with visual, kinesthetic, and auditory strengths, empowering them to confidently decode new words. Each card features embedded sound spellings in vibrant pictures, creating powerful visual hooks for spelling sounds and ensuring effective learning!

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The Child1st approach to phonics and spelling stands out for its holistic design, specifically tailored to include right-brain learners in the learning process. Beginning with a strong emphasis on phonemic awareness—the ability to recognize individual sounds in words—we guide children in listening and segmenting words into distinct sounds. Using a right-brain approach, we teach them to represent these sounds on paper using symbols.

Our focus on phonics, the representation of sounds with symbols, addresses a critical juncture where many children encounter difficulties in learning to read. Phonics and spelling are interconnected, and by teaching children how to represent sounds using letters and combinations, they gain the ability to write and read words effortlessly. Our spelling approach avoids rote memorization of letter sequences, opting for a sound/spelling method that requires no memorization.

Phonics establishes the connection between the sounds (phonemes) in words and the letters (graphemes) that represent them, making fluency in phonics crucial for developing proficient readers. The effectiveness of our approach lies in the comprehensive, explicit, and systematic teaching of phonics and spelling, ensuring that children across the learning spectrum, including right-brain processors, are well-prepared for reading without any guesswork.

Child1st phonics and spelling resources are designed for whole-brain learning that offers equity in learning to right-brain processors. We take phonics content which is already perfectly suited to left-brain learners, embed the letters and words in images, and utilize other right-brain friendly elements so visual/spatial learners can remember through their visual and body memory.

*Single letter sounds and W, V, P, B, and D are not included, as Right-Brained Phonics & Spelling focuses on blends of two or more letters. For single letter sounds, please see our Alphabet Collection.

Sound Spelling Display Cards are available in two formats:

  • Physical  - physical cards measuring 5.5" x 4.25"
  • Download  - printable PDF file of cards

Start by selecting a sound spelling to teach, such as Long A. To effectively teach Long A sound spellings, select the 8 cards displaying the various ways to spell Long A. Each spelling comes with a keyword, a well-known word serving as an example for that sound spelling. For instance, you can introduce "AI as in rain" and explore other words with the same spelling, such as "wait, pail, mail, snail, hail, main, stain," etc.

Display all 8 Long A cards simultaneously, but focus on one spelling at a time. This approach helps children grasp that this family of spellings produces the same sound. Having them see all variations in one place aids in locating new words within the group while reading.

To reinforce learning, create long strips of paper for each spelling with the keyword at the top. As children discover additional words with the AI spelling, they can write them on the strip displayed for them. Alternatively, students can maintain notebooks to collect words for each sound spelling, fostering an interactive and engaging learning experience.

*Single letter sounds and W, V, P, B, and D are not included, as Right-Brained Phonics & Spelling focuses on blends of two or more letters. For single letter sounds, please see our Alphabet Collection.

For an enriched learning experience, consider pairing with these other great Child1st resources for an engaging multisensory learning experience!

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What's Included

  • 154 Sound Spelling Teaching Cards covering phonics concepts such as:
    Short Vowels, Long Vowels, Diphthongs, Short & Long OO, R-Controlled Spellings, Digraphs, /ZH/, /NG/, /NGK/, /F/, /G/, /H/, /J/, /K/, /L/, /M/, /N/, /KW/, /R/, /S/, /T/, & /Z/

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should a child be introduced to phonics?

Commencing phonics instruction as early as kindergarten is entirely feasible when adopting a right-brained approach that incorporates images, body movement, and fosters meaningful connections for learning. This approach capitalizes on a child's natural inclination for sensory experiences and can effectively introduce phonics concepts from an early age.

What is the difference between phonics and phonemic awareness?

Phonemic awareness is the fundamental ability to recognize and distinguish individual sounds that come together to form a word. By placing a primary focus on developing this skill, children can effectively learn to discern and manipulate the sounds within words. Phonics, on the other hand, is the practice of associating these sounds with their corresponding "pictures," which are the letters that represent those sounds. Together, phonemic awareness and phonics lay the foundation for strong reading and language skills.

What is segmenting and blending?

Segmenting and blending are fundamental phonemic awareness skills that form the basis of early literacy development. Segmenting involves the practice of identifying and isolating the individual sounds within words. This skill can be introduced to children as early as preschool. Initially, you can model segmenting by saying a word out loud and asking the children to focus on the sounds they hear. Gradually, encourage them to segment the word with you, and with practice, they'll become adept at independently breaking words into their individual sounds.

Blending, on the other hand, is the complementary skill. Here, you enunciate the distinct sounds you hear in a word, then gradually bring them closer together until you say the complete word. These phonemic awareness exercises, segmenting and blending, are crucial in helping children grasp the relationship between sounds and letters, laying the foundation for reading and language skills.

What is phonetic spelling, and do you recommend it?

Phonetic spelling, also known as invented spelling, was a pedagogical trend in early education. This approach aimed to encourage children to start writing words using the letters that made sense to them, often resulting in creative spellings. For instance, a child might write "FONIX" for "phonics" or "PENSL" for "pencil."

However, promoting phonetic spelling can be detrimental because, once children associate sounds with their written representations, these initial spellings can become ingrained, making it challenging to correct them later. In my kindergarten class, a daily practice involved having children draw a picture and provide a caption for it. While their initial spellings were often inaccurate, this provided a valuable opportunity to guide them toward the correct phonics and spelling. By using the words they wanted to write as a starting point, we could effectively integrate phonics and spelling instruction, gradually helping them improve their written language skills.