Learn 20 Tough Sounds With 82 Phonics Flash Cards

Get these 82 printable phonics flash cards. These cover the toughest sounds.

Reading sounds are not created equal. Sounds spelled in lots of different ways can cause problems. Now you can have a:

  • colorful,
  • game adaptable
  • studies backed

way to learn 20 of these most-often-confused English sounds.

Built on the world famous Orton Gillingham  phonograms.

Look! cards for r as in rabbit sound






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Don't let your child be caught of guard by tricky sounds!   

Use Phonics Flash Cards so they can recognize these:

  • 8 consonant sounds
  • 6 vowel sounds
  • 4 special English sounds and
  • 2 r-affected vowel sounds

Card Game

How we play with the cards. We printed out the phonics flash cards on the double sided print setting. After covering the cards with packing tape (the kind without strings) we play concentration at our house.

To Play: Variation of Concentration Arrange all the cards in rows, letter(s) side up. In their turn, each player tries to flip over pairs of cards with matching pictures. Matches are kept by the player. Cards that don’t match when turned over are flipped back so that only the letter show. When all the cards are gone, the player with the most matches wins.

What makes these 20 sounds tough? 

There are so many different letters that “make” them. Explanation: There are 46 sounds in English. A sound like “b as in bat” is easy. “B” is the only letter that can make the first sound in bat.

“A as in the letter name” and “j as in jam” are a whole different story. 5 different letters or letter groups can make the j sound. There are twice as many letters that can produce the “A” sound. A and j sounds have a lot more room for confusion. Sounds like these are covered on the phonics flash cards. 

Here are all the sounds covered in the flash cards:

1. f as in fish
2. g as in Grammie
3. j as in jaguar 
4. k as in kite
5. n as in night
6. r as in rabbit
7. s as in sunset 
8. u as in umbrella
9. z as in zebra
10. A as in ape
11. E as in eagle
12. I as in ice
14. U as in U-turn
15. sh as in ship
16. aw as in autumn
17. oo as in “the owl says OOO”

18. oo as in “uhps!”

19. er as in Earth
20. or as in oar

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