Orton-Gillingham Flash Cards, Level 3: Even More Rules ‘n’ Phonograms

These printable cards are to be used in conjunction with our other Orton-Gillingham flash cards. They contain the following entries, some of which are direct ‘upgrades’ of specific cards from the Level 1 and Level 2 decks:

  • Long and short vowel sounds for ‘a, e, i, o, u’, with keywords containing the schwa (unstressed) sound for each vowel
  • ‘c’ says /s/ when it is followed by ‘e’, ‘i’, and ‘y’
  • ‘g’ says /j/ when it is followed by ‘e’, ‘i’, and ‘y’
  • Magic-e vowel sounds
  • Magic-e Syllable rule
  • R-controlled vowels
  • R-controlled Syllable rule (also known as the ‘Bossy R rule’)
  • Drop-e rule for suffixes

Usage notes:

  • You can replace the Level 2 cards for ‘a, e, i, o, u’ with these Level 3 versions once your child has learned the schwa sound (either from Swords & Stationery or elsewhere).
  • You can also replace the Level 1 cards for ‘c’ and ‘g’ with these Level 3 versions once your child has learned their soft sounds. The soft sound for ‘c’ is /s/, as in ‘cent’. The soft sound for /g/ is /j/, as in ‘ginger’. These two consonants make their soft sounds when they are followed by ‘e’, ‘i’, and ‘y’ (e.g., ‘cent’, ‘ginger’).
  • ‘g’ says /j/ when it is followed by ‘e’, ‘i’, and ‘y’
  • Magic-e vowels follow their long vowel sounds. To test your child, substitute the dash between the vowel and ‘e’ (e.g., the ‘‘ in ‘ae’) with a consonant and ask them to read the entire unit aloud. Thus, if you were to substitute the ‘‘ with ‘t‘ in ‘ae’, the unit should be pronounced as /ate/.
  • The schwa (unstressed) sound is pronounced as /ə/, as in the first sound in the word ‘about’.
  • All r-controlled vowels have the schwa sound. For ‘or‘ and ‘ar‘, however, the schwa sound typically only manifests when they are at the back of long words, like ‘doctor‘ and ‘dollar‘.
  • Page 5 contains the answers to Page 4’s rules.
  • You can duplex print Pages 4 and 5 (double-sided).  This provides you with a direct reference to the rule while you’re holding the other side up for your child.

Note: before printing the cards, ensure that you have Scaling turned off in your printer settings. The final printout should be large enough for laminating with A6 pouches.

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