I love this method of learning because children immediately learn words and they start to build confidence.
Using business card sized paper, I made the cards to fit two or three words a card. You can do one word per card, but I didn't want to cut so many cards. Having two or three words per card have worked fine for us.
When introducing a new letter and it's phonetic sound, I created a card that had only that letter on it.
I wrote all of the words in capital letters and made sure they were straight with no flourish or serif added to the font.
Day 1: U "Uh" sound
Day 2: P "Puh" sound
Day 3,4,5: UP and PUP
Day 6: C "Cuh" sound
Day 7: CUP
Day 8: A "Ahhh" sound
Day 9: CAP
Day 10 review
Day 11: T
Day 12, 13: AT, PAT, CAT, TAP, CUT
Day 14: thE *when teaching thE, thAT, and thIS, "th" is given one sound and the 'e', 'at' and 'is' is sounded out as usual
Day 15: H
Day 16: HAT
Day 18-20: HOT, HOP, TOP,POP,POP, POT,COT,COP
Day 21: G
Day 22: HUG, GOT,TAG,HOG,HUG,GAG,GAP
Day 23: B
Day 24: BAG, BAT,HIT,TIP,HIP,BIB,BIG
Day 25: thAT, I
Day 26: PIG,BIT,HIT,TIP,HIP,BIB,BIG
Day 27: R
Day 30: Review
Day 32: NUT,NIB,NAP,IN,ON,ANT,PIN,PAN,RUN,CAN
Day 33: NUT, BUN,GUN, TIN,HANG, RUNG, RING
Day 34: S
Day 35: SIT,SAT,BUS,SUN,GAS,PASS,RUST,STOP,SPIN,
Day 36:CATS, POTS,CUPS,SONG,SING,SANG,,STUNT,STRING, STRONG, PANTS
Day 37: thIS (th is in lower case to emphasize the "th" blend)
Day 38: D
Day 39, 40: SAND,BAND,DRIP, DROP, DRAG, DOG,DIG,HID,DOT,ADD,BAD, PAD,AND,HAND
Day 41 E
Day 42, 43: RED,RENT,HEN,PEN,TEN,BED,BEG,BET,PET,NET,STEP, NEST, PEST, BEST, REST
That's it. The remaining 8 letters and a section entitled The First 200 Sentences can be found in Sidney Ledson's book Teach Your Child to Read in Ten Minutes A Day.
I have found that by the time my child has learned to read all of these words, reading words with long vowel sounds aren't a big leap.
I have substituted Mr. Ledson's first 200 sentences with the reading stories found on starfall.com.
Mr. Ledson advocates early reading for children as young as two. That has never been my goal. I am quite content to follow the lead of my child's interest and when they are ready to read, we start playing these games.
Find the complete game here.