Who They’re For: Beginning English Learners & New Readers Becoming Phonemically Aware of Rhyming-Word Vocabulary Families of Common One-Syllables Words
Why You Need Them: Just about everyone enjoys card play, even if the materials display educational material on both sides. These Card Decks provide an engaging break from routine while building vocabulary.
In Beginning 52-Card Deck A all follow the Consonant-Vowel- Consonant Sound (CVC) pattern. They contain 13 distinct vowel sounds: -ă, -ĕ, -ĭ, ŏ, -ŭ, -ä(r), -ā, -ē, -ī, -ō, -ū, -ou. They all begin and end with single consonant sounds and letters
What’s in Beginning Rhyming-Word & Picture Card Decks A-D?
208 WORD & PICTURE CARDS: The Beginning Level of Rhyming Words consists of four 52-card decks, designated A, B, C, and D. Each deck contains 52 different word and picture cards—thirteen (13) sets of four one-syllable rhyming words spelled by three to six letters each.
The four rimes of each set—the word parts after the initial consonant(s)—are pronounced and spelled the same ; their vowels and final consonants are identical.
16 DISTINCT VOWEL SOUNDS: Each of the 13 rimes of each deck contains a different one of the 16 major vowels. Listed in phonetic (American-dictionary) symbols—in order of “perceived phonemic difficulty.”
4 DEGREES OF CHALLENGE: In terms of phonics principles (spelling regularities, sound contrasts, and consonant combinations), Card Deck A is “easiest,” followed by Deck B, C, and D. Because the 13 rimes of each deck differ
from the 39 (13 x 3) word endings of the other three Beginning Decks, the card-sets of-four can be combined into (larger) decks for more challenging activities and games: the vowel sounds may repeat, but the rimes will contrast with one another.
MEANINGFUL VISUALS: An illustration of at least one meaning of each item fills the middle of its card. Phonetic (American-dictionary) sound-symbols for its rhyming part appear in the lower left corner of each picture. The words themselves, spelled out in big alphabet letters, can be read both right side up and upside down.
What You’ll Do:
 To make the 52 Beginning Rhyming-Word Cards in Deck A, print out all 12 pages back-to-back, flipped horizontally. Cut them apart so that they’re all the same size and shape. Note that they can be divided into 13 separate sets of 4 items each that contain the same vowel (+ consonant) rime. These sounds are listed in phonetic symbols on each card back, and they also appear in colored boxes under each picture.
 If helpful, use the items as “Flash Cards” to preview their “learning points” (the pronunciation and spelling of their vowel + final consonant sounds, if any). Include pedagogy: Which letters spell which sounds? How are the sounds produced in speech? Why do words ending in vowel sounds sound a little different?
 Try some of the cooperative or competitive learning activities suggested in the Rhyming Words: 56-Page 4 Beginning Card Decks A-D Activity & Idea Book. Continue with even better procedures.
 In other lessons targeting the pronunciation and spelling of one-syllable rimes, use the cards as “triggers” or reminders of “key words.”