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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Alpha Zoo Phonics Chart

Since Dragonfly will be starting "All About Reading" in the fall, I've been trying to be more intentional about reviewing phonics sounds with the kids.  From my Montessori background, I knew I wanted to use real pictures to engage the kids.  I couldn't find any alphabet charts that fit, so I made my own (of course).  The alphabet script is D'nealian, a modern font between printing and cursive.  The pictures come from Wikimedia commons.

The phonics animals are: Alligator, Bear, Cat, Deer, Elephant, Fish, Gorilla, Horse, Inchworm, Jellyfish, Kangaroo, Lizard, Mouse, Night-owl, Octopus, Penguin, Quail, Rabbit, Snake, Tiger, Umbrella-bird, Vulture, Weasel, foX, Yak, Zebra.  The idea for the animals came from this Youtube video.  We've also been using it to learn an "action" for each phonics sounds.  I'm amazed at how quickly Tadpole (2.5) is picking up the sounds and actions.  He thinks it's a game.

FREE Alpha-Zoo Flashcards Printables from In Our Pond

First, I made big flashcards for class time or a wall hanging (I haven't decided if I'll put up an alphabet chart).  The letters are four to a page.  To download the large flashcards, click here.

FREE Alpha-Zoo Flashcards Printables from In Our Pond

Then, I thought that it would be nice to have smaller flash cards. These ones are 1/4 the size of the other ones, and are just the right size for little hands.  They could also be used to play a matching game, where the children say the phonics sound as they turn over the cards.

To download the mini flashcards, click here.

I've been working on a "resources binder" for Dragonfly with small versions of poster and resources that one might find in a classroom.  I decided to make a one-sheet alphabet chart for her binder using our alpha zoo cards.  To download the chart, click here.

FREE Alpha-Zoo Flashcards Printables from In Our Pond

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