Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 15: Shaped Flash Cards
Flash cards remain one of the best tools for memorizing facts. By constant repetition and reinforcement flash cards increase the student’s comfort with and familiarity with the material to be learned.
To intrigue a child who is learning to read (or to spell, add & subtract, etc.) make flash cards using large cookie cutters. Flash cards are great for teaching numbers, letters, and arithmetic equations. Having “fun” flash cards can help your kids really want to learn!
Throw a set of flash cards in your child’s back pack or in your purse and anytime the child has “downtime” (while they wait for the bus, on the car trip home, waiting for a table while eating out, etc.) they can pull out these personalized “shaped flash cards” and have fun learning!
- Unlined index cards
- Binder ring, large paperclip, ribbon, etc.
- Hole punch
- Glue stick
- Markers or crayons
- Large cookie cutters
Tips on Using Flash Cards
- Include one blank card to record the date, child’s name, subject, etc. pertaining to that set of flash cards.
- As you study make a small check mark on the right hand corner of the questions, words, etc. you get right. When you have three or four marks on a card you know the information and you can put that card in a separate pile. Study the flash cards until all of them have at least three check marks.
- Let your children write out the information to be learned on the flash cards. Some people learn better by actually writing out the answers themselves. This is also good penmanship practice.
- You can customize flash cards to use only the concepts your child is having trouble with.
- Save the flash cards for the end of the six weeks (semester, year) review.
- Consider laminating the cards if they will be in use for a long time.
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