Phonics Kit

This is a kit for tutoring reading with some great resources for learning phonics skills. Many of these are provided free for personal or classroom use by the websites in the links. Everything you need to make your own kit with lots of hands-on activities is here. When I haven’t been able to find a resource online, in some cases I have created my own. Links for these are found at the end of this post, and I plan to add more soon. This Phonics Kit is designed to be as portable and as inexpensive to create as possible. A magnet board and magnetic letters are a great addition for practicing words. Each post below includes videos, printable games, and online games to learn the concept as well.


  • Plastic pronged folders with pockets. You can find these about anywhere for around .50 each.
  • Sheet protectors
  • Card stock for printing some of the activities
  • Plastic zip-lock bags from the hobby area, 2″x3″…these are great for holding the sort cards. I simply used a hole punch and added them onto the prongs of the folders.
  • Sterlite plastic file bin & hanging folders

The materials are designed to practice spotting different patterns. There are lots of sorts to do, games to play, and things to read. For the sorts, I used pockets made from Reese’s Pieces packages, and attached name tag holders. Here are some printable business cards for vowel sorts. Simply change the cards in the name tag holders, to use for another sort. It was such a sacrifice to eat all that candy, but anything for the cause of literacy! The 10.5 oz. packages fold flat for transporting, but stand up for the sorts. I taped a file cabinet graphic on the front of mine.

Follow the Sequence for teaching reading from First Grade Garden

Create a folder for each of the topics below:

Phonics Basics (resources for this below, they can go into a student folder as well as in front of the file box)

Phonological and Phonemic Awareness


Short Vowels

Word Families

Long Vowels – Silent e

Vowel Teams

Vowel Teams with (mostly) new sounds – Diphthongs

Bossy R

H Brothers – Digraphs

Syllables : Open & Closed |Consonant -le

English is Weird: Schwa & Sight Words

More Than One Sound – Consonants, Tricky Y, and Vowels


26 letters amaze and astound! They make 44 sounds when they move around!

A Chart of the 44 sounds on one page with pictures from (pdf)

Vowel patterns with pictures on one page from thisreadingmama.

Phonics Cue Card from maketaketeach

Short and Long Vowel Chart from First Grade Wow

ABCs to Color on one page from colorthealphabet, Letters to Color including pictures that start with the letter from sheknows

A simple one page alphabet from making words from Teacher Bits and Bobs



Bookmark Set Freebie – These bookmarks include Write the Pattern activities for: Bossy R, Digraphs, Long Vowel Patterns, Consonant -le Patterns, and F Patterns.

printable business cards for vowel sorts

At Teachers Pay Teachers:

Digraph Word Sort and story

Tricky Y Sort and story

For even more resources, check out my reading board on Pinterest.


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