How to Teach Common Two Letter Phonograms

There are some phonograms that are more common and therefore easier to practice and learn first.
Here are some of the most common phonograms you may want to teach first.
ay - day, play, say, way
ou - out, shout, our, house
oo - boo, moo, too, soon
ow - how, now, cow, brown (Teach the ow of snow after the ow sound in now is taught and practiced.)
er - her, over, sister
ar - car, star, far, farm
ee - tree, bee, see, knee
ai - air, rain

Follow your child's lead. If your child is naturally finding a phonogram or likes to spell a word with a phonogram, start with that one. Do not introduce more than three at a time and make sure your child has learned and loves to find the new phonograms before introducing more.

My favorite books to show a child common phonograms are Put Me in the Zoo, Hop on Pop, and
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Children love these stories read over and over. Point out phonograms your child knows or is learning when reading these books out loud to your child. 

Learning more than one letter phonograms will make learning to read much easier for your child. Remember to practice and make sure your child has a good understanding of new phonograms before trying to teach more. You can practice by showing new phonograms in any book you read out loud. Spell some words together with phonograms. Magnetic letters are fun to spell words, mix them up, and put them back together. Find some early reader books with the phonograms your child is learning to read.


1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Thanks for including a reply post to my comment :) I love what you share here (including the book ideas)- it makes it very easy for parents to teach their kids at home. After a child has learned the sounds, try going on words hunts in books/around the store for any newly learned phonogram (kids love this!). You can even start word lists on the fridge for each phonogram. I always love your blog posts!