The Dwyer Reading approach
Im not going to go all into how this approach works because there are other sources that have already done this. I will say that I find it much easier to make/obtain the materials for this approach in a homeschool environment. We skipped ahead a bit since my son already had a good foundation in reading. He still struggled with the phonograms so I made him the reading folders. I still need to make the phonogram dictionary.
Here are some links to my favorite blog posts on Dwyer.
Basket of 13 Reading Folders
Outside of the folder, closed with a rubberband
Contents: phonogram cards and tiny booklets
A peek inside the tiny booklets, phonograms are in red
The back of the phonogram cards have the phonogram on the front of the folder for control of error
Materials for these folders were: red cardstock letter size, blank index cards, black, red, blue sharpies, red rubberbands, white printer paper and stapler.
The folders I decided to make 5.5" square which is the same size as the metal insets. I folded up the bottom of the red cardstock paper horizontally so that the sheet was 5.5" x 11", then folded the entire sheet in half making it 5.5" square with pockets on each side. I stapled the pockets on the ends to close them.
The phonogram cards are just blank index cards cut in half with the phonogram on one side in red and the folder title phonogram written tiny in blue at the top right corner on back. If I were to do this over I would make these cards bigger or the folder pockets smaller because then are almost totally covered when they are in the pocket.
The tiny booklets were printed on regular printer paper, cut and sorted. The covers are made with the red cardstock. When you print the words for these booklets make sure you go through all of them and say them to yourself using the phonogram indicated to make sure it is correct for your region. Some of the words were not even close to how we pronounce them. Also, there were a couple of folder title phonograms that did not match our region.
Here is a link to the download at Kingdom of the Pink Princesses:
Another great resource for reading folders is the book BASIC Montessori by David Gettman.