Please enjoy these FREE Phonogram Flashcards! Phonogram Flashcards can be printed by selecting a print range “print pages 1-27.” Once the front of each set of flashcards is printed, reload them into the paper tray then print pages 28-54. Watch your printer closely to make sure everything is printing correctly. Perhaps to a few test pages, first.
I spent years compiling a list of phonograms (a letter or a group of letters that represent one sound or diphthong). I then created a flashcard for each phonogram with an example of words that contain that phonogram on the back of each card.
The book I wrote, “How to Teach Your Child or Friend How To Read,” contains the complete list of phonograms all on a single page, as well as the charts of words that use each phonogram.
It is essential to teach new readers how to sound out letters and groups of letters in order to teach them how to read. One way of really helping to teach people the phonograms is by having them physically write the letters or groups of letters while repeating out loud the sounds that they represent.
For Example, the letter “A” represents four different sounds! Have your friend or child repeat the four different sounds out loud while writing the letter “A” a few times. It will help the brain remember the connection between the visual symbol and the sound or sounds that visual symbol (aka: “phonogram”) represents.
Remember: there are 46 unique sounds used to speak the English language, and there are 108 written phonograms (or visual symbols) used to represent those sounds. It is much easier to remember how to sound out 108 symbols than it is to remember thousands of whole words. People who learn how to read by only memorizing whole words never learn how to sound out the phonograms that make up the words. Brains max out at around 8,000 words, or about a 2nd grade reading level. Hence why American newspapers and most modern books are written for an audience that reads at a 2nd grade reading level. If you are teaching a struggling reader, teach the phonograms!