Phonics In A Box
Just Lift the Lid and Start
Easy-to-Use Phonics for Busy Reading Teachers • Research-Based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach
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Before Every Phonics Lesson: The Letter/Sound Cards
Knowing the letter sounds automatically is critical for skilled reading.
Use them to start each lesson — It’s like brushing your teeth to start the day!
(Instructions in the Teacher’s Guide)
three letter cards  


To learn and review the sounds of all the most common letters and letter combinations. The Teacher’s Guide gives tips to help students learn to read and spell them.


  • For the youngest students, the cards can be used to learn the letter names, the alphabet and to play games.
  • Students can learn a new letter sound and then use the corresponding Word Cards for practice.
  • The cards are numbered to give a practical learning sequence, although the reading teacher can vary this to fit the needs of her students.
  • For beginning blending, the reading teacher can learn to flip the cards to make phonetic words. (Instructions in Teacher’s Guide).
  • Reading teachers can use the list of all the 65 Letter Cards found in The Guide to make individual cards for small groups and individual students. (Instructions in Teacher’s Guide).
  • Many letters can be pronounced in more than one way. The number of pronunciations, if more than one, is noted on the front of the card and the full list is in the Teacher’s Guide. An example of each possible pronunciation is shown with a key word or a memory trick phrase or sentence on the back of the card. The possible pronunciations are written in the order of frequency they are found in English.
  • Vowels are on pink cards; consonants are on white.
  • The students learn the most common pronunciation of the letters first. As they are able, the other pronunciations are learned and reinforced with The Word Cards in Phonics In A Box
A Sample Orton-Gillingham strategy from Teacher’s Guide:
“Some students may need intense multisensory training to succeed. They say the name of the letter the teacher shows (m), then a key word, (man) and then they write the letter on paper, in sand, or on the desk with their finger as they say the sound /m/.”

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