I cannot tell a lie - I love anchor charts. No, I REALLY love anchor charts. I am a visual person, and I think most kids like to see their learning on display as well. Anchor charts also help me look good, because they remind me of what's what!
It was actually fun (really?) to study vowel pairs, vowel digraphs, and diphthongs. I'm not kidding! I combed through their book to make this chart in order to put all of the information onto one chart. We had this chart up for 2 weeks and referred to it during each lesson. One day, we had to identify the long a sound in words and the kiddos were thrown for a loop when there were no vowel pair words. I pointed to the chart and asked them which sound also makes the long a sound? The lightbulbs went off in their little brains when they looked at the "ei" vowel digraph. Gotta love those charts!!!!! And bonus: they all performed excellently on their phonics test! :)