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Hard Consonants / Short Vowels:    Aa-Zz Flash Cards, game cards, handouts, posters, short vowel flash cards w/ handout
Phonics Worksheets: writing and alphabet worksheets, a phonics workbook series and clipart
Consonant Blends: Beginning Consonants, Ending Consonants, flash cards, games cards, and handouts
Silent 'e': a silent e handout and flash cards
Digraphs: consonant and vowel digraphs handouts and flash cards; also contains some diphthongs
R Controlled Vowels: vowel + r combinations ar, er, ir, or, ur
Custom Phonics worksheets: make dice, board games, reading, writing, spelling worksheets and more!
Dolch Sight Words: sight word flash cards, word lists and handouts

 

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I originally thought my

free phonics materials

  were what people might be looking for.  However, most people come for flash cards and I spent a lot of time getting those up and I have recently begun paying more attention to this section.  There are

phonics worksheets, phonics posters, flash cards for introduction, coloring sheets, game cards, handouts, worksheet makers

  and more.

         

There are many resources available for phonics education, but I have been frustrated by what's available and how those don't apply so well when teaching

English as a foreign language

  and especially in Japan where the Roman alphabet itself is foreign.  I start out with a phonics only system moving children slowly through hard

consonants/short vowels, blends

  (as those are the most difficult for Japanese students,)

long vowels (silent e,) and consonant digraphs

.   Once they've got those down we begin

vowel combinations

, and that pretty much gets the reading ball rolling.  I follow with

r-controlled vowels and Dolch sight words

.  Those are the first steps I take and the order is debatable.  I hope to get a more information up as time permits.
For young learners (4yrs-6yrs) I do a letter of the day to start them off.  They say the letter and then learn 2 words that start with that letter.  I then repeat the

alphabet

  focusing on

lower case

  and have them recall 2 words that start with that letter and then teach them the reading.  For young learners (6yrs+) I start them off with both 2 words and the letter's reading. I spend about 5 minutes each lesson on this and it breaks up the class nicely as a transient portion of the lesson.   See the left hand menu for a list of the currently available downloads.

Some new and exciting phonics materials are on their way.  The first of which come from my new site Tools for Educators.com.  You can

create printable phonics game boards, phonics board games, phonics dice, reading worksheets, writing worksheets, spelling worksheets, tracing worksheets

and more!  The phonics section at Tools for Educators.

Fun Fonix.com is another MES site with phonics specific resources.  There are free phonics e-books for printing, clipart to make your own phonics worksheets.  Free worksheet makers with images or text. I have started a students section with online games.  I hope your students enjoy them.

I will be posting as time permits so check back for updates.  As always, emails about questions, comments, encouragement, broken links or file problem are very much welcomed.

- Mark

 

 






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