Consider this e's and a's in this sentence: The teacher is walking to the table. A student learning to read must guess whether those vowels are silent, short, long, or if they have another sound such as "uh" (schwa). Many very common letter combinations such as the "er" in teacher and the "le" in table are not even introduced to early readers. There is now a VISUAL way to provide help to early readers, a system of just five colors that can be used with ANY words. You will be surprised that students, given color clues, can learn to decode long words as easily as short words.
This 20-page file show 2200 common words with color hints, according to the Early Reading With Color method. It is a resource for providing phonics hints on reading and/or spelling words. Other materials using color hints are listed in my store, including a teacher's guide, games, posters, and word cards.
All materials in my shop involve easy-to-learn color hints for phonics. Using color hints makes it easier for students to learn long and short vowels, silent letters, the "uh" sound, "er" and "ul", and unusual spellings. You don't need to print in color; the first activity can be for students to use crayons or colored pencils to trace over the vowels. Unusual spellings are also marked in color so students know to ask for help for those words. This method allows students to study ANY words including longer words while learning important phonics skills. The only prerequisite is familiarity with most consonant sounds.