Phonogram Flip Cards

In my combined first and second grade, children learned phonics as an aid in learning to read with phonograms in a Reading Folder. See a copy of the Reading Folder:

Each phonogram was made into a flip card. A flip card was made by cutting paper into 5” x 1½” oak tag pieces. Many pieces were stapled together on the right side edge. Then the left side edge was folded over 1½” and stapled at the folded edge. Sometimes many pieces of paper were cut into 4” x 2” pieces and more paper cut into 2” x 1½” pieces with a few made out of oak tag. Then one piece of oak tag was on the bottom of the larger papers and stapled at the right side and another small piece of oak tag on the top of the flips, stapled all together on the left side, strengthening the whole flip card. Using a marker, a phonogram was printed on the flat piece, beside the edges of the short pieces and one beginning sound or consonant blend was printed on each 1½” or 2” piece. So, each of the small pieces were flipped to the next, continuing through all. The number of pieces of paper stapled together was the number of beginning sounds or blends that could be made with the phonogram. For instance, the phonogram, _and can use eight beginnings – b, h, l, s, st, gr, br, and str. (Other phonograms might include th, sh, ch, and ph if applicable.) That would mean that eight pieces of paper would be used to make the flip card, _and. Phonograms I used at first were simple, such as: at, up, ook, it, all, and ake. As they became more proficient, I included phonograms such as: ight, tion, ick, ung, and ound.  Of course, any phonograms desired can be used.

Read about the beginning reading programs in my book, Early Childhood Programs: Opportunities for Academic, Cognitive, and Personal Success. Included is a web site where programs and activities can be downloaded for use in a classroom. Also, see 7 reviews on

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