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Phonogram Folders

$189.95 USD

Finally, the Phonogram Folders are here! Inspired by Montessori trainer Muriel Dwyer, these booklets take a logical and sequential approach to helping beginning readers learn about the typical variations in English spelling. 

Did you know that there are five common ways to make the long e sound? You can use ee (tree), e-e (here), ea (treat), ie (field), or y (baby)! The Phonogram Folders have a little booklet and card for each one of these and many other common spelling variations.

The complete Phonogram Folders Set includes:

  • 14 folders (choose from cork pouches or red envelopes), each labeled with one of the key sounds from the sandpaper letters (ai, au, e, ee, er, f, ie, j, oa, or, ou, oy, s, and ue).
  • Each folder contains a card and booklet for each common spelling variation within that key sound. For example, there are five booklets and five cards in the ee folder: ee, e-e, ea, ie, and y.

There are 42 booklets in the set. Each booklet:

  • Contains 10 words with the spelling variation (e.g., ph) isolated in red
  • Has the color-coded key sound (from the sandpaper letters) printed on the back cover (as a reference)
  • Is laminated with rounded corners
  • Is tightly spiral bound
  • Is approx. 1.5"h x 3.75"w
    Similarly, there are 42 phonogram cards in the set (one that matches each booklet). Each phonogram card:
    • Features the key sound printed in large, bold, red letters on the front
    • Has the color-coded key sound (from the sandpaper letters) printed in small letters on the back (as a control of error)
    • Is laminated with rounded corners
    • Is approx. 3.75"h x 4.25"w

    The cards and booklets for each key sound are all kept together in a lovely little folder (choose luxurious cork pouches or serviceable envelopes). Each pouch is labeled with the key sound in large bold letters. You can store your set of all 14 folders in the box it comes in. Take off the lid and put it right on the shelf!

    Cork Folders vs. Envelopes

    Believe it or not, making the perfect folders to hold these cards and booklets took nearly a year of research and testing.

    When we discovered cork fabric, we knew we had the perfect solution. The cork pouches are absolutely delicious in every way. Once you get your hands on them, you don't want to put them down!

    • Cork folders (recommended):
      • Made from incredibly soft, appealing, and ecologically-sound cork with a fabric backing
      • Durable; built to last
      • Luxurious to touch yet easy to wipe clean
      • Printed with the key sound in bold
      • Approx. 6.25"H x 7"W with rounded corners

    We also have a budget envelope option that is functional but needs a careful presentation so that the envelopes will last. Julia (Maitri Learning's founder) had an envelope set in her classroom that lasted for years. These envelopes are serviceable and a good starting option.

    • Red envelopes (economical/serviceable):
      • Smooth heavyweight paper (not laminated) with a felted finish
      • Printed with the key sound in bold
      • Approx. 6.25"h x 7.5"w

      READ THE LESSON PLAN

      These folders were first designed by Muriel Dwyer, AMI teacher trainer in the United Kingdom and Africa. She worked extensively in both English and Swahili which are both partially phonetic languages. Ms. Dwyer adapted Dr. Montessori’s approach (which was developed for Italian, a purely phonetic language) for use in any language that is partially phonetic. The Dwyer system is regularly incorporated into AMI Montessori programs around the world. 

      Item #: PHFOLD

      Folder contents are as follows:

        Folder Key Sound

        Cards & Booklets (1 for each)

        Total # Cards

        Total # Booklets

         ai ai, a-e, ay, ei 4 4
        au au, aw 2 2
        e e, ea 2 2
        ee ee, ea, e-e, ie, y 5 5
        er er, ir, ur 3 3
        f f, ph 2 2
        ie ie, i-e, igh, y 4 4
        j j, ge, gi 3 3
        oa oa, o-e, oe, ow 4 4
        or or, ore 2 2
        ou ou, ow 2 2
        oy oy, oi 2 2
        s s, ce, ci 3 3
        ue ue, ew, oo, u-e 4 4
        Total 42 42

            Note: Don't worry about teaching every possible pattern of spelling variation in English; that would be an overwhelming task. Instead, we show the children enough examples to convey that English spelling requires flexibility and practice. The rest comes with reading and writing experience.