AGO Phonics Box Set

AGO Phonics Box Set

AGO Phonics Box Set (levels 1-3) consists of three progressively harder decks of playing cards graded by phoneme type.

Each deck of 54 cards practices 36 different phoneme targets and 108 unique picture words.

AGO Phonics cards each teach English language phonics rules and vocab in an intuitive and engaging way.

As they play the game, students become familiar with the phoneme concepts and will learn any unknown vocabulary as part of the process.

  • Level 1 (Aqua) A-Z, plus 10 “double letter” sounds (bb, ck, dd, ff, nn, pp, rr, ss, tt, zz).
  • Level 2 (Green) Blends, consonant digraphs (sh, ch, ph, etc.), single letter long vowels, “magic e”.
  • Level 3 (Orange) Vowel digraphs, diphthongs, soft sounds, r controlled vowels,  and more…!

Some Notes For Teachers and Parents:

Use AGO Phonics cards to quickly pre-teach or review phonics concepts and vocabulary. 

The game is most effectively used as a supplementary material alongside workbooks and readers. The goal is to set up a basic understanding of how the target phoneme patterns work, and (with ESL / EFL students) to also quickly teach some new vocabulary. 

  • Some reading assistance may be needed the first few times you play. 
  • Encourage students to sound out words on their own as much as possible. 
  • If a player knows one or more words on a card, encourage them to apply the target phoneme’s pronunciation rule to help decode the other words. 
  • Either move through the levels step by step, or with more advanced players, you can mix decks together!

AGO Phonics Box Set design was refreshed inn 2024. Cards were given a color trim, some artwork was revised, and a few vocab adjustments were made – as indicated in image 4, above.