Montessori Education Center of the Rockies – Early Childhood Ross Reading Phonetic Word Cards Materials: Three baskets containing word cards: Basket 1 contains 3-sound phonetic words such as cat, mat, log, sit Basket 2 contains 4-sound phonetic words such as fled, plum, crab, rest Basket 3 contains 5+ sound phonetic words such as basket, zigzag, dentist Words are often, but not always, color-coded to correspond with Movable Alphabet (usually vowels in blue and consonants in pink) Preparation: Object Box 1, Pictures and Word Cards Age: 4 years Direct Aim: To develop reading skills – single phonetic words Indirect Aim: To improve the child’s reading and self confidence with reading Presentation: Vocabulary: Any words the child is not familiar with Points of Interest: 1. Reading new words 2. Reading progressively more challenging words 3. Having the consonants written in blue and the vowels written in red Control of Error: None Variations: Words could be hand-written in front of the child. Phonetic Reading Cards Extensions: 1. Introduce nonsense phonetic words in the same way. 2. Introduce word booklets instead of separate words. 3. Make word lists. 4. Introduce silent reading of the words. 5. Do all the above with phonograms 6. Make Read and Illustrate Books. Make small booklets with one word written at the bottom of each page. The child will read the word and draw a picture of it in the space above.