READY TO USE SNAP CARDS:
I use my SNAP Cards in the blending/reading drill of an Orton-Gillingham lesson. I have found that using a separate deck for blending, one that is different from my phonics drill deck (used in Associations 1, 2, & 3 of O-G), provides much more practice in blending and reading CVC words.
What is the difference between a SNAP deck and a phonics DRILL deck? The DRILL deck has only one card for each letter(s)/sound-spelling option. Using the DRILL deck for blending is limiting since each consonant can only be used in either the first or final position, not both. In a SNAP deck, the consonant sounds appear on 40 cards in the initial and final positions for blending practice, and there are 20 vowels for the medial sound in CVC words. When a tutor uses the SNAP deck, the student will read more than 200 real and nonsense CVC words.
To use the cards, cut them apart and organize them into three stacks:
1) beginning consonants;
2) medial vowels;
3) ending consonants.
Place the cards face-up for the student to see. The student reads the C-V-C word shown on the letter cards. As the student blends the sounds and reads a word, the tutor ”SNAPS,” or removes, one card from any stack, changing the word. The student repeats the blending/reading exercise as the tutor continues to SNAP one card at a time, from only one stack at a time, creating a new word each time a card changes. The purpose of the drill is to build rapid decoding skills and provide a solid foundation for teaching closed syllables.