B-2.4 Get & Use 72 Beginning Initial Consonants Picture & Word Cards
Who They’re For: Beginning Language Students & Developing Readers Continuing to “Study” Initial Consonant Sounds & Spellings.
Why You Need Them: Learning basic phonics patterns is more fun—and probably more effective—with illustrated game materials. This 72-item deck “teaches” the most regular correlations between 18 initial consonant sounds and their spellings. It continues to build everyday vocabulary.
What You’ll Do:
 From the 72 Beginning Initial Consonants Cards file, download all 16 pages. On card stock or stiff paper, print them out back-to-back, to flip on their long edge. (Or for a one-sided card deck, print out only the even-numbered pages.)
 Cut apart the 9 cards on each of the 8 pages; they should all be the same size and shape. Note that there are four 18-item “suits of cards” in these meaning categories: 1. Person or Animal, 2. Place, 3. Thing, and 4. Action or Activity. These can be alphabetized according to the first letter or digraph in each word.
 If helpful, get tips from the 72-page Initial Consonants: Basic & Beginning Activity & Idea Book. After explaining the pronunciation and spelling of initial consonants, whole words, and the content of 2 Initial Consonants Card Packs, the book offers over 20 versatile ways to optimize use of these or comparable materials. Try (some of) them. Come up with even more effective procedures.
 If this card pack seems too difficult, go back to the content of 54 Basic Initial Consonants Cards. For more challenge, go on to 160– and/or 244– Intermediate & Advanced Initial Consonant Card Packs.