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                                                                                                      phonic cards

When you are teaching phonics a set of phonic cards come in handy

     I use the phonic cards to show what the phonic sound of part of the word is like if the student is stuck on what to say. I used to use a phonic poster but with the poster there are too many sounds to choose from.

And most kids don’t focus on one sound, they were looking at all the different sounds. 

So I cut the poster up into cards. 

      First I covered the whole poster with 2 inch wide cellotape, both front and back, then cut it up. I kind of laminated it the cheap way. These cards worked wonders, the kids were focused and we could play games with the cards. 

To Homeschooling Parents And Parents of Children who are having Problems Learning to Read

Have A look At Three Free Videos About How to Teach Your Child To Read 

     Video 1: Introduction To Montessori Reading.

 Video 2: How To Make Sandpaper Letters. 

          Video 3: How To Teach Reading Using Sandpaper Letters

     As has been said many times before 'a picture tells a thousand words' and these free videos do just that. They are easier to understand as you can see how to make sandpaper letters then how to teach using them.  

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     Now I have upgraded to a set of cards and a set of sandpaper letters, and when teaching phonic sounds I need them. When I am introducing new words and the student cannot say the word I will pull out the cards and sandpaper letters to make up the sounds of the new word. This way the kid can read the sounds of the cards and work out where the sounds match on the new word. 

When teaching new words always explain what the word is. 

     Picture cards and posters are very good. One of the main drawbacks with teaching reading with the phonics system, is the children can learn how to read but they don’t understand what they are reading. You must always explain the meanings of the new words. 

     Some children love the mechanics of reading and once they have a good grasp of phonics they can read anything, but they don’t always understand what they are reading. So always explain the words and the passage.

     This is the course I use to teach phonics, it is the Montessori way of teaching reading and it is very effective. For other phonics products I recommend see our teach reading page

  To have a chat to other parents and to find out more about learning to read go to our forum.

Thank you for your time


Peter Legrove



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