Want to start teaching your kids phonics at home? Well here’s a cute and colorful set of beginning sounds flash cards you can use to help get them started.
These are great for helping your little ones to recognize what the different letters look like and start listening for the initial sounds in words.
This pack contains 26 different beginning sounds cards one for every letter of the alphabet. I’ve made them all lower case as these are the main letters they will come across when learning to read.
What Skills Can Your Little Ones Learn And Develop?
These beginning sounds flash cards are designed to help your children practice and develop their early reading skills, such as:
- Hearing initial sounds – this is the ability to hear and recognize the first sound of a word
- Letter recognition – knowing what the written form (letters) of the sounds look like
If you line them up to spell some simple CVC words – e.g cat, your children can also have a go at:
- Sounding out – this is saying the different sounds that the written letters make, one sound at a time.
- Blending – the ability to put the different sounds of a word together to be able to correctly say the word.
These are important skills taught during phonics lessons and help your children take some of their first steps on the path to becoming fluent readers.
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How To Prepare These Beginning Sounds Flash Cards
First you need to download them by clicking on the image below:
After that, you’ll need to carefully cut them out.
There’s 26 cards included.
Then I’d advise laminating them to keep them nice so you can reuse them.
Here’s an affordable laminator if you don’t have one:
That’s it, your little ones are now ready to start learning their letters.
How To Use These Beginning Sounds Flash Cards
These flash cards would be great as part of a phonics lesson you can do you self at home.
In the school I work in, we go over all the sounds we have taught the children at the beginning of each lesson and phonics cards like these are a quick and easy way to do it.
Simply hold them up and get them to say the sound the letter makes. Gently correct them if they get it wrong and offer loads of praise when they say it right.
If you want to get them to practice their letter formation skills, you could laminate them and get them to trace over the letters themselves.
There’s another way you can use these cards, if you want your children to practice their sounding out and blending skills once they get to know some sounds.
You could lay them out to spell easy CVC (consonant vowel consonant) like cat or dog and see if they can sound out and blend them correctly to read the word.
Check out this post about phonics lessons at home to see how to do this correctly.
You could also use them as the base of a sound sorting game. Choose a few cards, let’s say A, S and T and put those flash cards on the floor. Then get a range of objects that begin with those sounds (sock, apple toothbrush etc.) and then see if your little ones can place the correct objects under the correct cards.
You could always time this as they get better and mix up the cards and objects as they learn new ones.
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Let’s nurture those neurons!