Phonogram Flash Cards
This set of printable phonics flashcards consists of 84 letters and digraphs and the most common sounds represented by each. They provide a working set of phonograms for a young child learning to read, or for an older child that needs a clearer understanding of the phonetic structure of words. As explained below, the set can be used as a stand-alone instructional tool, or as part of the homeschooling curriculum found here on the site, or as a review either during or after the use of the phonics workbook available here at OnTrack Reading.
Free Sample of First 30 Flash Cards
The full set of phonogram flash cards consists of 84 cards, and is offered for sale at Lulu.com at a modest price. To see what you would be getting, the above sample set consists of the first 30 cards, front and back, so that you can download them, print them out, and try them with your child to see how they will work out for you. In my opinion, if your child knew the content of all 84 flash cards, he would have an excellent grasp of the English phonics code. Then it's just a matter of teaching proper word attack, so that guessing is avoided, and the permissable options are attempted when decoding an unfamiliar word.
If you decide to use the OnTrack Reading Phonogram Set, you might be interested in reading a few of the articles in the Perspectives blog also, since the use of the flash card set is discussed in a few of the articles there. The article Teaching the OnTrack Reading Phonogram Set should be particularly useful
More on the OnTrack Reading Programs
You will find two distinctly different phonics programs here at OnTrack Reading. The OnTrack Reading Phonics Program is a well-tested program using the OnTrack Reading Advanced Code Phonics Workbook to remediate weak, or missing, phonics skills and code knowledge quickly. Over the course of a decade, I have used the workbook one-on-one with nearly 200 struggling readers, so it has been thoroughly field-tested.
The second phonics program you will find here at OnTrack Reading is an adaptation of a program commonly referred to as the Spalding Method. The original workbook program was developed after careful examination of several existing phonics programs, one of which was set forth in The Writing Road to Reading by Ms. Romalda Spalding back in the 1950's. Eventually, I decided to improve Ms. Spalding's program by making some simplifying changes to the her phonogram structure, and by incorporating the extremely effective multisyllable decoding method that I developed for the workbook.The workbook program quickly trains missing phonics skills and code knowledge; the homeschooling program is a beginning reading curriculum The end result of that effort was the OnTrack Reading Homeschooling Program which uses the revised set of phonogram flash cards described below.
Both the workbook program and the homeschooling program use the same coding system, and the same multisyllable decoding method. The homeschooling program is a complete reading curriculum that requires following one of the recent editions of The Writing Road to Reading while incorporating the revised set of phonogram flash cards found below plus the changes described here. The remedial workbook program requires only the workbook itself (plus the free downloadable workbook instructions), although the flash cards could be used for reviewing the phonics code after the workbook has been completed.
Three Potential Uses for the Phonogram Flash Cards
1. As the Basis of the Homeschooling Program: As stated above, their originally-intended use was as an essential supplement to the OnTrack Reading Homeschooling Program, which is a modification of Spalding's original program that incorporates 1) a new treatment of the ending-e (using additional phonograms) and 2) the highly effective OnTrack Reading Multisyllable Method. The homeschooling program is a stand-alone program described elsewhere on this site (under the tab labeled "More""
2. To Review the OnTrack Reading Workbook Code: Another suggested use of the flash cards, however, is to use them to review the advanced code learned when using the OnTrack Reading Advanced Code Phonics Workbook. That is, after your child has finished the workbook, the flash cards can be used to review virtually all of the advanced code in a systematic manner.
3. For Stand-Alone Phonics Instruction: A third use for the flash cards is to just use them as a stand-alone tool for teaching the advanced code of English phonics, for if a child knows all of the code contained on this 84-card set, he will be well on the way to a complete understanding of the phonics advanced code.
Description of the Flash Cards
Each card has a phonogram, either a single letter or a digraph, on the front. On the back are listed the various pronunciation options, with examples, for the phonogram on the front of the card. For example, the c card shows the options /c/ (cat) and /s/(city), whereas the o card shows the options /o/ (hot), /oe/ (cold), and /oo/ (do).
Also, on the backs of some of the cards, some phonics cues are listed, such as "This is the ending /oy/" on the back of the oy card, or "This is the marker /ch/" on the back of the tch card. (The concept of a marker is used in the OnTrack Reading Multisyllable Method.)
The entire 84-card set can be purchased at Lulu.com in the form of a PDF. A home printer and card stock can then be used to create the flash cards.
Obtaining the Flash Cards
The OnTrack Reading Phonogram Flash Cards can be purchased from the on-demand printer, Lulu.com. When you get to Lulu.com, the Preview under the cover picture will allow you to view the front and back of all 84 cards.
Just to reiterate, the flash cards are not a requirement when using the OnTrack Reading Advanced Code Phonics Workbook. They are a stand-alone item that can be used independently for initial teaching, or for review of the phonics code after going through the advanced code workbook. They are, however, a necessary component of the OnTrack Reading Homeschooling Program should you decide to employ that as your primary reading curriculum.
If you do decide to purchase the flash cards, the next page explains the system of notation used to designate the 43 English sounds covered by the cards.