So how are the Phonic All Star Level 1 flashcards different from the level 2 flash cards. The differences are important to the design of the speech and literacy correction program and classroom program and it is important that students and their supporting therapists or teachers understand the difference between the to.
The level 1 cards have a star on the back with one version of a grapheme choice. ie. The “or” sound is written “or”. When students are beginning to learn phonetic correspondences of letter patterns with sounds, they need to have just one choice to enable them to “lock in” a visual grapheme for that card of the 46 set. This is a lot for kids to learn at once, so that why the characters picture, the card colour and the hand signal help to differentiate between the letters and sounds. Level 1 cards are your flipping cards. They are designed to enable you to “map the grid” for accuracy or learn all the characters-the speech sounds-and the corresponding graphemes (eg. or/ar/ear/ou). The importance of this is for the base skills for phonological processing and especially what I call “phoneme retrieval speed” or processing speed. In stage one we are building the processing platform of the mind that enables stringing sounds from left to right and blending these together…so flipping cards is essential and I recommend it MUST be done 3 times a day! Speeds to reach are under 30 seconds for the consonant deck and then the same for the vowel deck. Try it! See what happens when you do!
You wouldn’t believe the current record! 9 seconds-consonant deck…and he was in PREP!
Level 2 cards are to be introduced only when students are capable of reading CCVCC words such as “clamp” or non-words like – “stend” consistently and accurately. What this mean is that the processing platform is being built well in the child mind. At this point I do two things, I lengthen the processing chain to two syllables and further depending on the students capability and then I start teaching spelling rules. Once this is achieved…BRING ON THE SPELLING VARIATIONS using the level 2 cards.
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