AGO Phonics is designed for younger students learning to read. It can be played at home (with parents, or set as homework), or in English classes.
The main benefits of playing are: it's fun!, players quickly learn to recognize all of the target vocabulary on the cards very quickly (and there are over 100 useful vocab pieces per deck), and through the clear presentation of the target phonemes on each card, students effortlessly and naturally learn how the the target phonemese function.....
AGO phonics works best when used alongside a phonics coursebook. When used effectively, capable students can work through all three decks within a year.
The playing deck is optimized for "Last Card" - which is a Crazy 8's game. Just like a regular deck of playing cards, AGO cards are versatile and many different games can be played.
Rules for two games (that work really well) are included in the instructions, and more game ideas can be found here.
ABOUT THE 3 AGO PHONICS DECKS:
All decks have: 55 cards (36 phonic cards, 17 action cards and two instruction cards (English and Japanese)). Box size: 64 x 89 mm.
AGO Phonics Aqua: Practices: A-Z, soft c, soft g, ch, ph, sh, th, wh, ck, ng, nk. (best for absolute beginners)
AGO Phonics Green: Practices: consonant blends (bl, gr, sm, etc), and long vowel sounds (including magic e).
(this deck is best for students that know the basic letter sounds, and can sound out simple words).
AGO Phonics Orange: Practices: diphthongs, vowel digraphs, r controlled vowels, and a few useful word families (basically harder and less intuitive phonemes and patterns are practiced!) (This deck offers a fast way to introduce a whole lot of the harder phonemes really quickly!)
AGO Phonics Purple: Tricky Phonemes and Word Families.