Once a child has mastered their lowercase and uppercase letter sounds and names, it’s now time to learn phonograms.
Phonograms are, at their most basic, a visual representation of a sound.
Here’s an example: “ie”.
Individually, “i” and “e” have their own, individual sounds. When you put them together, however, to make “ie”, a new sound is formed.
Think about a word, like “tie”. The “ie” represents a sound that exists separate from the individual sounds.
Enter the Phonogram Dictionary, little dictionaries comprised of key phonograms.
The purpose of the Phonogram Dictionary is to help children read phonograms and become more familiar with how they sound. As they continue to read, sounding things out as they go along, they will come upon phonograms which they don’t know. At this point, referencing the Phonogram Dictionary for some assistance will prove extremely useful.
Environment Cards are a set of vocabulary cards with the names of objects and activities in the child’s environment.