Early Literacy Tool: Phonetic Flip Chart

Our oldest has learned her letters, the sounds that they make, and is starting to blend sounds. We have even begun learning sight words, but have yet to venture into the realm of phonics, till today!

This is a really nifty phonics “tool” that we created to help her mix the sounds of letters.

.learn to read phonics flip chart book

What you will need to make your own phonics flip chart:

  • Wirebound Index Card Book
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Marker

I divided our phonics flip chart into three sections for three letter words, but I have also seen them split into four sections to help your early reader work on consonant blends.

After you cut the number of sections that you want, label each card with a letter (a-z).   We added another section of vowels in the center section and several common blends on the ends (ex: ch, sh, th, gr, cl, etc.).

The point of the phonics flip chart is not so much to “spell” words, but to practice sounding out words.   “P-A-G” is not a word, but the practice of sounding it out can help our kids in future words, helping them grasp the concept of letters and how they form words.   It is fun to see the “lights” turn on when my daughter figures out that the sound she is making is a “real” word!

Use the tape to reinforce the top of your cards.   If they are like mine, they start to tear along the perforation.

Happy sounding out words!

What do you use to help your preschooler or kindergartner learn to sound out words?   I’d love to learn from you!

Check out these other great activities that can help your child learn to read:


  1. Thanks. I’ll have to make one of these for my 3 yr old. Great idea!

  2. What a wonderful idea! My daughter is just at this stage and I will need an easy tool that she can work with, with me or independently. Thanks for the idea.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..The fruits of my labors? =-.

  3. I’ve seen this before but forgotten about it:P Thanks for the reminder. I’ll be making one this weekend! Hopefully, it will be something my boys can use in the car.

  4. Using what we know about color helps kids memorize these rhymes otherwise known as word families. Use red for the vowel and the letters that come after the vowel. It would also be efficient to use the 37 most common rhyme. Here is a site that has the 37 most common as well as lists of words with each. Start with 3 phoneme words. Phonemes are sounds. Besides the consonants ch, th, sh, wh are also phonemes and should be includes on the first and last sections on the flip book.

    1. Nope, I also added some letters that are common in blends. Like “r”, “l”, “h” (so I could make words like fry or fly or sh or ch blends, etc.). For a list of the most common blends, check out our word slides activity.

  5. Following you back. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend

  6. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    Now would be a great time to stock up on these with back to school sales. This would be great to have in the car.

    1. Great idea! I am making my list of school supplies to get now! I need to remember to get a few more of these binders!

  7. This is like the Word Machine Books, now out of print. :o)

  8. I love this! I have a feeling I’m going to be linking up to you often. I have a blog dedicated to early literacy and I’m going be linking up to this post. I love this! Thank you for sharing. Stop by and visit us sometime.

    1. I am looking forward to making those eggs at Easter time too! They were brilliant. Cheers.

  9. I loved to do this when teaching! I really works well 🙂

  10. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to make a great article ¦ but what can I
    say ¦ I put things off a whole lot and don’t manage to get anything done.

  11. Hi Rachel,

    Can I use a pic of your flip chart and post a link to this blog post for one the online education courses I teach?

    MJ DeCarlo

    1. Yes, you are always welcome to use one photo in a post as long as it links back to the original post here at Kids Activities Blog. THANKS!

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