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- How to teach using Flashcards

Free Printable Flashcards - Print your own Flashcards and Learn how to teach your child using Flashcards.

Printing your own Flashcards

I was a prolific flashcard maker, making more than a thousand of my own flashcards. I found the easiest size to handle when you are flashing to your toddler is half the A4 size cards which you can get from stationery shops. I printed the words out and stuck them on the cards. I cut the pictures from all over the place, including newspapers and magazines. Waste not, want not!

Once you get into the groove, you will find you can make flashcards about any topic. Just print the words on one flashcard and stick the picture on another, and you are good to go... Mark the description on the reverse side of the flashcard. Pictures help the child to connect the word to the actual object.

I used flashcards for all my kids but the best result has been from my youngest son. He is just 18 months old and he can read so many words already. Imagine my surprise when we realized he could even pronounce words that we hadn't taught him, like 'Thailand'! He has actually figured out Phonics.

When I was teaching my younger daughter to read, I printed the words and stuck them on small cards about 2 inches by 1 inch. I kept the flashcards together using a metal ring. When we were waiting around with nothing to do, I would whip them out and ask her to just read them for me. It is a very efficient way of revising the words and the more they read them, the easier it is to remember them, especially the sight words.

How to use Flashcards

Standard Method

Your child should be sitting about 1 to 2 metres in front of you. If your toddler is the active sort, you can belt him down to his chair and flash to him. Stop if he starts to wail. I always make a big fuss of flashing the cards, so he thinks he is in for the most fun and interesting time of his life.

Hold the flashcards with your left hand and use your right thumb and index finger to flash each card from the back to the front of the stack. You should take about 1 second to flash each card. Too long and apparently, the child uses the 'wrong' side of the brain to process the information.

If you find it difficult to grip the flashcards properly, you can stick a short piece of scotch tape on the part that you are gripping to hold the flashcard, or get those rubber thumb covers that bank cashiers use to more easily count money. It is very distracting for your child if flashcards are flying all over the place when you are flashing to him.

Make sure that you say the word, just as the flashcard covers the previous card. Otherwise he is seeing one thing and hearing the wrong word.

Teaching Reading (Your Baby can Read)

This series of flashcards and videos really work, so buy it if you can, especially the videos.

For English words, you can also use your finger to point to the word from left to right as you pronounce the word. Do not obstruct your child's view of the word with your fingers.

Encourage your child to say the word, even if he can't verbalize the word yet. Be as animated as possible and demonstrate the word when possible using actions or 3-dimensional objects.

Encourage your child to do the action where applicable.

Tips

I gathered up small objects for each letter of the alphabet like ant and apple for A, and put them in a container. I did this for all the letters and when you want to teach a particular letter, you take the stuff out and say each word, "A for eh eh apple", sounding out the phonics. Your child will over time recognize that each letter has a particular sound.

My son already knows his phonics at 18 months old. In the 'Your Baby can Read' videos, Dr Titzer's daughter could read at 10 months old. Very impressive!

You can then teach basic blending by sounding out easy 3 letter words individually.

When reading books to your child, point to the words as you read, so your child knows that each word is associated with a different sound. Time the pointing of the word with the sound, so that your child will eventually learn the sounds the letters make.

By the sheer volume of words read to him, he will be able to figure out the patterns of the written language, that is phonics and blending.

You can also write the words out on paper or whiteboard in colourful markers to show that words are not just the static ones on the flashcards. You may also play word games with Scrabble pieces for fun.

When you are out and about, point out words on signs etc. Use Picture dictionary books to help your child learn and read many new words.

Choose a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books to read to your child, he will develop a love and joy of reading.

Free Printable Flashcards

The Flashcards are in PDF format. You can cut them and paste in whichever way you please.

Phonics and Reading

Sight Words - These are the words, most of which cannot be read using phonics.

Children learning Reading - This lists the AEIOU 3 letter words for basic blending.

Preschool Reading - This lists the 3 and 4 letter words that are harder to blend.

Day Month Weather Time - You can print out these words to teach your child the days of the week, months of the year, different weather and about time.

Mathematics

Math Flashcards - These flashcards show the composition of 2 to 10. That is, each shows the combination of different numbers that can add up to 2, 3, 4 and so forth to 10.

Addition Flashcards - These flashcards show the addition from +1 to +10.

Multiplication Flashcards - These flashcards show the multiplication tables from X2 to X12. The tables are in 2 sizes. You can print them out in the smaller size for your child to keep in his schoolbag for revision and memorization.

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