This is the first year I've used my expanded flashcards, which are far more structured than the flashcards I've used in years past. I'm finding it very helpful to have cards for both the base words, and the compound words that build on them. Depending on the phoneme, sometimes there are more or fewer of these. AW (in the picture) didnt' have as many base word/compound word pairs as some of the other sets. But it's still helpful to display them together, I think.
When I'm introducing a new phoneme, I use the flashcards, getting the kids to read each one as a class. I make sure to put them in difficulty order before we start, and I pair up the base word/compound word pairs. This is really helping kids use 2 decoding strategies: 1) findings words within words and 2) using syllables. And it's great to see some of the kids who find reading more tricky be successful with long, 'hard' words.
I keep the 'Phonemes of the Week' displayed near my teaching station all week. Then at the end of the week, I move them to our reference wall (see the picture below). This wall is big, but will fill up fast, so at the moment, I am choosing 4 words for each phoneme to leave on semi-permanent display. I've been trying to pair up base words with words that build on them (comb/honeycomb, or knock/knocking) for this, to reinforce the use of the 2 decoding strategies above.
If you are using these cards in your own class, I'd love to know how you are using them, and any ideas you have for making them a more effective teaching tool!