The first words that children learn and want to read are those that mean most to them. The Road to Reading starts with Big Flash Cards showing simple, basic words that children use in their own conversations: I, you, he, she, we, they, me, my, your, it, his, her, am, have, do, did, is, was, has, does, will, can, are, go, a, an, the, this, that, one, big, in, out, on, at, of, with, to, for, once, now, here, then, so, and, not, yes, no.

There are four Big Flash Cards to each A4 page.


There are 12 pages of Big Flash Cards. Details about what is on each card is in the Word Lists section. Click the link below to go to the page you want to print.

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All the pages are designed to be printed in colour on A4 paper or card, and preferably laminated. They should then be cut into separate cards for each word.

The Big Flash Cards can be used in the normal way, as Flash Cards to familiarise children with the words. Because of their size, they are suitable for class or group work. They can also be used to help children to write their own sentences. For instance, the teacher can give a child the Big Flash Cards for "I" and "am" or "this" and"is" and a card with their own name on, which is probably already familiar to the child. The child can draw a picture of him or her self, and can copy the words on the cards. The font used is informal, with a degree of irregularity, so children will not feel their own efforts are inadequate compared to the printing on the Flash Card.

When children are ready to move on to reading and writing a larger vocabulary, there are smaller Flash Cards for 470 words.