This is one section of a Phonics Kit that you can create. Many of the resources are provided by the websites below for personal or classroom use. See the full Phonics Kit post for more resources!
English is weird, oh yes, it is! There are vowels that can be spelled in lots of different ways, consonants that can have different sounds, and lots of exceptions. The rules are more like guidelines that give us a clue.
Charts from Boostforreaders.com
Short/Long Chart: First Grade Wow
Bossy R: carlscorner.us.com
Defender D & FLOSS Rule: maketaketeach.com
Strategies for Reading
Be Aware of Schwa
Schwa is a light “uh” sound that can be made by any vowel. It is the most common sound in the English language.
WATCH Schwa (2:12)
Sheriff Schwa Worksheet from teachchildrenesl.com
PLAY Online Game: Treasure Behind the Mask at Sadlier-Oxford
Phonics guidelines can often be helpful, but there are some words that are not easily decodable.
Sight words are frequently found in written text, and many are not decodable with phonics guidelines
Fry Sight Word lists from K12reader
Dolch Sight Word lists & punch cards from First Grade Parade
Dolch Sight Word lists from K5stars
Dolch Portable Word Wall from First Grade is a Hoot
1st 75 Dolch Words to print on address labels from Make, Take, Teach
Printable Sight Word flashcards from sightwords.com
Illustrated Sight Word cards from Research Parent
PLAY Printable: Roll a (sometimes silly) Sight Word Sentence from the dailyplanit, Battling for Sight Word Treasures from Liz’s Early Learning Spot, Gone Fishing editable Sight Words from thisreadingmama, Sight Word Scrabble from craftnectar. (The last two may not fit easily in the portable Phonics Kit, but look fun!)
For even more resources, check out my reading board at Pinterest.