Sunday, March 31, 2013

Phonics Cards (Short A Sound)

Today I would like to present you my new series of flashcards devoted to teaching phonics and reading. Being an English teacher in a kindergarten I faced some difficulties in introducing English language reading rules to the children. In Russian, French, German, Italian, Spanish and many other languages reading rules are less complicated than in English. English can be really confusing for non-native speakers.

Everybody knows that there are too many exceptions in English language that makes reading and spelling a stumbling block for little and even adult learners. That’s why I decided to develop a series of very simple cards where words are sorted by phonograms. All the words are easy to read and remember as I have selected only the most frequently used words trying not to overload children with unnecessary information. I hope my cards will facilitate the work of many ESL teachers from all over the world.

The first set of phonics flashcards is dedicated to the short A [æ]. There are 12 cards in the set which include all the common phonograms with this sound: -at, -am, -an, -ap, -ag, -ab, -ad, -and, -ash, -ack, -ank. Card № 12 presents different words with this sound.

phonics flashcards for kindergarten short a sound
Phonics flashcard: short a [æ] sound

phonics flashcards for ESL short a sound

phonics flashcards short a sound

By the way, people who are looking for A vowel flashcards might also be interested in using my very simple A letter song shown in the video below:

See also:
Long A sound


  1. Wow! Simply Amazing! I like your flashcards, videos and tips on phonics. Thank YOU Olga!

    1. Thanks, Meri! I really appreciate your comment and I am glad you love what I do in my blog. I hope you'll enjoy my future updates with free teaching resources.

  2. Hi, I am from Denmark and I also teach children in english as a foreign language and by doing so I have found great help in your blog. Just keep up the good work - I really appreciate it. Greetings from AB.

  3. Thank you for wonderful flashcards Olga! Glad to come across a blog by a namesake and a colleague. :)

  4. Thank you very much for the phonics flashcards . I will try them with my students. Excellent job!