Flashcards can be an amazing tool when it comes to teaching your child new skills. They’re a fun way to combine play with learning, so you can give your child new skills in a dynamic and exciting way! At Strong Minds, we offer educational flashcards for teaching your preschooler language, math, visual and listening skills using a novel and interesting approach.
Rather than forcing children to sit down and memorize information through repetition of boring tasks, introducing new concepts in a more relaxed and fun way can have a whole host of benefits. Some of the benefits associated with flashcard use in early education include improved confidence and attention span, an enriched vocabulary, and enhanced cognitive development.
Using Flashcards Correctly
Flashcards are relatively simple to use, which is another benefit that comes with their use as a teaching method. Our flashcards are double-sided; one side includes an image or illustration, and the other includes a word or other relevant information. How do kids use flashcards? Let’s go through a couple of examples to make this super clear.
Educational Flashcards: Help Your Child’s Early Development
For our first example, we will first look at the alphabet pack, designed to help your child become familiar with the letters of the alphabet in a relaxed and fun way. If we take the letter ‘D’, one side of the card includes an illustration of a dolphin as well as the letter ‘d’. The other side includes the letter in both its capitalized and regular format – ‘Dd’, and the word ‘dolphin’.
To use this card, you could show your child the side of the card with the image of the dolphin, and ask them to pronounce the letter/word associated with the image. Then, when they get it right, you can flip the card over and go through the answer with them to confirm. In this way, your child will learn to link visual cues with letters, which strengthens their knowledge and improves their cognitive abilities. You can use the flashcards however you see fit for your child’s needs – the important thing is that they are learning to connect visual aides with other information, so they can process information in a fun and interesting way.
Spanish Flashcards: Help Your Child Learn A Second Language
As a second example, we will focus on our Spanish flashcards, which introduce your child to a second language (which has a whole host of benefits)! How do you use flashcards for vocabulary? Looking at the first words set, we can see an illustration of a common object/shape (such as a tree, or ‘árbol’) with the relevant Spanish word for this image included too.
The idea is that your child will see the image of the tree and become familiar with the Spanish word – seeing how it is written and pronounced – with the help of a parent or guardian. This links the image of the tree with the correct word in Spanish in a natural way, which does not involve forced learning of vocabulary, taking a more relaxed approach.
How Do You Properly Use Flashcards?
We have discussed the basic steps when it comes to using flashcards to support your child’s early development. However, there are some other tips which may help you get the most from your educational flashcards, which we will go through below:
Ensure you and your child are facing each other, and that you are both in a comfortable position
Arrange The Flashcards Beforehand
Make sure that you have the flashcards in the correct order before you start, so that things can move more smoothly. For some packs such as the alphabet pack, you may wish to go through these in order. This may not be so important for other packs and you may wish to scramble up the order a bit! It’s up to you, but it is best to minimize the amount of card organizing that you do while you have your child’s attention.
Timing Is Everything
Typically, it works best to wait three seconds to allow your child to process the correct answer. If they do not answer correctly (or at all), read out the correct answer and move on to the next card. Spending too much time on one particular card could cause your child to lose focus, which is the opposite of what you want! You can come back to the unanswered cards at the end, and try again.
Practice using flashcards with your child on a regular basis, until they are very comfortable and familiar with the information.
How To Use Flashcards Effectively
Now that we’ve gone through the methods involved in using flashcards correctly, are you tempted to try them with your child? Flashcards can make learning fun, and are an excellent way to teach your child new skills in a natural and exciting way. Using bright colors and playful illustrations, our educational flashcards are as durable as they are beautiful, and can withstand even the most energetic child’s lifestyle.