Phonics Reading Stories for Memorization


When teaching phonics reading… using stories to help children learn is a great and fun technique. It is especially helpful for the visual and auditory learners. They thrive by seeing the pictures, letters and words. They also benefit greatly from processing information by just listening to the story and visualizing it in their mind’s eye.

A Phonics Story For Memorizing “p” and “q”


The story goes like this… The letter “p” makes only one sound. That sound is “p” as in pet, pan, pal, pot, pit, and many other “P” words. The letter “p” is a brave letter and has lots of friend alphabet. It goes with lots of other letters. So “p” is not shy at all.

The letter “q” makes two sounds. And they are right next to each other all the time. The first sound in “q” is “k” as in kite, kick, and many other “k” words. The second sound in “q” is “”w” as in wet, water, wig, and many other “w” words. Both letters “k” and “w” together makes the sound “q”. And they have to be in the right order “kw”.

The letter “q” is not brave like the letter “p”. The letter “q” is very shy and need to have its best friend “u” to be with him. In fact, it never goes anywhere without its best friend… the letter “u” close by it. So where ever you see the “q” it must have “u” right next to it like this “qu”.

Together they are best friends and they make great partners. There are many words they make together like queen, quick, quack, quake and lots other “qu” words.

When the letter “u” is with “q” it does not say anything. It stays silent to help the “q” feel brave and not so shy.

Make This Lesson More Fun


If you refer to the consonants as boys, (he, him) and refer to the vowels as girls, (she, her) the children enjoy the stories a lot more and memorize the facts easier. Have fun with these phonics reading exercises. The children love them!

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