Phonics Kit

The posts below lead to information on specific phonics patterns, with videos, printable games, and online games to learn the concept. Many online games require Flash and may not work well on some tablets and smartphones. It can be helpful to download the Mozilla Firefox browser. They are collected in one place here at Symbaloo.


  1. Information

2. Phonological and Phonemic Awareness

3. Alphabet – Letter names and the main sound they make


1. Short Vowels – CVC words & Word Families

2. Blends & Blending

3. Short Vowels that vary – FLOSS rule: Bee Buzz game and free Flossy Word Treasure, letter a can say short o, i & o can sometimes be long when followed by two consonants.


  1. Silent e
  2. Bossy R
  3. Diphthongs – Vowel Teams with (mostly) new sounds
  4. Vowel Teams – More Ways That Vowels Can Be Long
  5. Vowels that vary


  1. Consonant Digraphs and -tch spelling
  2. Cosonants that vary – hard & soft C & G (and more)


  1. Open and Closed Syllables
  2. Consonant -le
  3. Schwa – English is Weird: Schwa & Sight Words


Create a portable, affordable phonics kit 

The Super Tutor Tools Store at Teachers Pay Teachers has many resources I’ve created for tutoring reading. Most have a small charge, but there are freebies there too.

Transform students into super readers with memorable introductions to patterns with fun rhymes, games,  worksheets, word sorts and more in the Phonics Toolkit.

Download the free Silent e set, which includes resources on silent e from the Phonics Fun Folders set, a Space Race game board from the Phonics Patterns Game Board Set, a page from the Spot and Dot Phonics Patterns set, and a Soccer Sort Game. Add these sets for even more fun ways to learn phonics. Once your kit is set up, add some of the resources from others that are compiled at the links in this post. Many of these are provided free for personal or classroom use by the websites included.


Supplies for a Phonics Kit

In a plastic Sterlite file box:

  • Hanging files and files with plastic covers
  • Zip lock bags for game pieces 
  • Dry erase pockets. (these are easy to make-apply 3/4” decorative duck tape on two open sides of a report cover.)
  • Nice to have:
    • a magnetic whiteboard and letters.
    • card stock for printing word sorts.
    • 1″ circle punch for soccer word sort games.
In a 8 x 11 box in front of Sterlite file box:

  • Dice (two)
  • Transparent plastic bingo chips in assorted colors to use as markers for games. (Find them at Oriental Trading Company, or at Mardel.)
  • A container to draw word cards for sorts (an empty Extra Refreshers gum container works great)
  • Highlighters
  • Dry erase markers

The Phonics Toolkit Online Resources – find links to all resources and posts here, including Pinterest boards, Symbaloos and the Quizlet app. You may also want to check out 10 Steps to Reading, which includes links to my favorite free online resources for learning phonics. There is a downloadable pdf version.

More Free Phonics Resources at the Super Tutor Tools Store at Teachers Pay Teachers:

  • Bookmark Set Freebie – These bookmarks include Write the Pattern activities for many Phonics Patterns.
  • Pattern Chart Set Freebie – These can be used as sort mats, posters, or printed on business cards for other sorts. Credits: Some artwork copyrighted by Mark A Hicks, illustrator, Used with permission. Sources for other graphics at Pinterest.


Glossary of Literacy Terms

  • Digraph-a pair of letters representing a single speech sound (consonant digraphs, and vowel digraphs or vowel teams)
  • diphthong-two vowels combine to make one sound with mouth positions that change.
  • grapheme–the written representation of a phoneme
  • phoneme-the individual sounds that make up a word
  • phonics–the relationship between letters and sounds
  • schwa–a lightly pronounced “uh” vowel sound that can be represented by any vowel
  • syllable–a unit of speech generally containing only one vowel sound

There are more definitions of Literacy Terms at and

With a Phonics Kit you have the needed tools to help students learn reading skills!

I am fascinated by the process of learning to read English and the idea of gamification to make learning fun. Phonics and literacy have become my passion project. I also write about personal development, goal setting, and time management. I enjoy finding great information, combining it in new ways, and packaging it creatively.

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  1. […] has great resources for phonological and phonemic awareness. More activities for phonemic awareness at Reading Rockets. In phonological and phonemic awareness, the emphasis is on hearing sounds. The activities below can be helpful additions to a Phonics Kit. […]

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