Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pronunciation of Phonogram Videos

If you need help pronouncing the phonograms these youtube links show you how for free!

Writing Road to Reading (all of the phonograms)

A kindergarten class doing 50 of the phonograms with their teacher. My kids like to say them with the children. The teacher does motions and key words which was nice for me to see. I believe these are Spalding based.

Even if you do know how to pronounce the above videos are worth watching if you’re not familiar with a Spalding type approach (I wasn’t) because they tell you things to note as you teach the phonograms (such as “a” that can be used at the end of the word for /ay/ and “a” that may not be used at the end of the word for /ai/, two letter “e” for /ee/, etc).

Free Phonogram Cards

Free Printable Phonogram cards (backs and fronts). The only problem is they formatted the backs incorrectly to print and have a few typos. I also wanted to add some things gleaned from the youtube links above. I think you can convert pdf to word for free and then you could edit and use them. But I just made my own using their text.

I selected the text from the pdf file and then did a right click to paste to the clipboard. I then pasted it onto my own card template in MicroSoft Word. The font looks really nice (size and type) and the wording on the back is worth the trouble to use these as a guide I thought. I printed on cardstock. You could laminate for something completely durable. They look really nice.

I did create and print smaller tile like phonograms too for my son to use for spelling. I plan to attach magnet backing and use the fridge as we don’t have a large magnetic white board.

Decodable Phonogram Reading Practice

If you want to use reading practice that covers the particular phonograms I found a couple. The order is slightly different. I tweaked the order of the lessons somewhat for that reason.

Word Mastery on Don Potter’s website would be 100% decodable and works through phonograms as well as things like blends. It is word based rather than stories but 100% decodable. This can actually be a stand alone phonics program. His entire website is full of great things—resources like this (so many), information and education on instruction, etc.

Progressive Phonics has the parent/teacher read the non-decodable words while the child reads the highlighted decodable words. It covers most but not all the phonograms in a progressive fashion. The stories are fun for kids to read.

I See Sam readers available free, for printing, online here. You would follow the instructions on the 3rsplus site for the use of the program. I found this to be a gentle, enjoyable, and effective start to reading for my kids. It is 100% decodable and explicit phonics. You can purchase thesereaders through 3rsplus linked above or I See Sam.

Free Game Board Templates

This link has lots of free boards so you can make games to review phonograms (or any subject area!). They also have templates to custom make them yourself. Board Game Templates

I printed a few for variety on cardstock and laminated. There are also bingo board templates, game card templates, spinners and related materials as well.

Phonogram Review Activities and Ideas

This site has ideas for games and activities to review the phonograms. There are lots of ideas like these out there on the web!

Spelling Rules and Multiple Resources

This is a printable list of the spelling rules. This whole website has wonderful and comprehensive information about this type of approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling.

Phonics Program, Game, and Resources

Free phonics blending game (whole site is extremely helpful and informative and could be used for a complete phonics and spelling program):
She also has a link that tells how to teach the typical sight words phonetically, a complete free spelling and phonics program, and so much more.


The phonics program above will allow the child to practice letter formation. If you want more direction the Handwriting without Tears first K grade teacher’s manual is really cheap second hand and will tell you how to instruct kids in printing uppercase and lowercase letters and all the numbers. It includes multi-sensory hints, grip information and similar stuff as well. You can also get letter formation ideas free from their site if you can’t get the manual.

Copywork can come from anywhere of course to continue practice in writing. McGuffey Primer is free online and might be a good source of copywork material.

Fantastic addition to phonogram based programs!

Fun With Phonograms is so neat!

It would make an excellent addition to any phonogram based program such as Orton-Gillingham, Spalding, Riggs, etc.

Their Phonogram Circus program goes through the consonants and vowel alphabet letter phonograms. Phonogram Zoo does the rest of the phonograms including the complex ones! It covers all the sounds each phonogram makes (so the three A sounds, two C sounds, two ow sounds, etc.).

There is a CD with a story and song for each phonogram. The book for each set has a full color illustration for each phonogram story. Samples are on the page I linked.

Their Spelling Town DVD sets all the Spalding/Riggs/OG spelling rules to music and video! This is a really fun and memorable way to present the spelling rules. You can see a sample of this on the website as well. I think this would be fantastic to add to Spalding, Riggs, O-G or any other program that requires learning the spelling rules. It’s neat and I encourage you to check out the samples if you are starting a phonogram based reading and spelling program

Inexpensive Spelling Curriculum

LovedtoDeath on the WTM forum mentioned the How To Spell workbooks 1 and 2 to me. This is an inexpensive way to cover spelling in an O-G/rules and phonogram based method if you needed or wanted more than you had in the above lessons.

Workbook 2 includes lessons on syllabication.

Combining this or a similar spelling with the Spelling Town DVD I posted about would be terrific I think. I know the first two workbooks don’t require the teacher’s guide to teach them. I’ve not seen the levels 3 and 4.

Free Math Curriculum

MEP is a fantastic conceptual based math curriculum.

Free Bible Curriculum

This looks really good!
Free Bible Curriculum

Lesson Pathways

Lesson Pathways is now free and has lots of lessons for science, history, math, etc. for many grade levels.
Lesson Pathways

Free American History Curriculum

Free American History curriculum for starting in 2nd grade.
Guest Hollow History Lessons

Inexpensive Math Manipulatives

Not free but inexpensive math (visual spatial especially) manipulatives. LovedtoDeath on the WTM forum pointed these out to me. McRuffy Math Manipulatives

These include tanagrams for $1.25, pattern blocks for $2.00, etc. There are many patterns for geoboards, pattern blocks, tanagrams and similar free online. These can also be used to explore geometric and visual spatial concepts all on their own. The site also has pretty inexpensive materials for many of the manipulatives as well. You an also find patterns online to print your own manipulatives on cardstock. If you laminate this might work well for some manipulatives.

Free Foreign Language Lesson Plans

I found free Spanish and French curriculum for various grade levels. It looks neat (active and creative) and very usable if you know the language! I don’t remember much of mine so it would take work (and be less effective) for me to use this because of pronunciation issues.

I did find an online audio Spanish pronunciation dictionary with a number of words (though not all) so it might be possible with a lot of simplification/adaptation even with a non-Spanish knowledgeable user! I imagine similar things exist for French.