Flashcards are an excellent resource. As a language teacher flashcards are priceless to me when it comes to introducing new vocabulary into the classroom. That is no different to first language vocabularly aquisition of young children. These days there are lots of excellent online flashcard tools, like Quizlet - which I too love to use with my students. However, nothing really compares to having a well designed flashcard to hold in your hand.
Flashcards can take a long time to create and prepare for parents and teachers. I usually create my flashcard resources myself, so whenever I do flashcard vocab lessons I really want to use them to their fullest to get the most out of the time spent creating them. That’s the same for when you buy flashcards, you really want to be able to use them lots and lots to get your money's worth.
The ideas given in this blog post are aimed at early years learning, but also give great ideas about second language learning.
So here we go...
- Vocabulary introduction
Go through the cards one by one, showing or pointing to the card, say it out loud and get your child to repeat the word back to you. Once you’ve been through all the cards (go through them as many times as needed), point to random words and get your child to tell you what it is. This activity works with all Fili & Flora flashcards.
2. Describe the picture
Show or point to random cards and ask your child to describe the picture. You could expect things like “The elephant is grey.”, “The elephant is happy”, “The elephant is big”. This is a great way for children to work on developing their descriptive skills. This is also a great activity for second language learning, you may need to help provide extra vocab. This activity works best with all Fili & Flora flashcards with an illustration on them.
Mix the flashcards up and ask your child to put the flashcards in a particular order. This could be alphabetical order, order of preference, order of real-world size smallest to biggest, etc. This activity is especially good for learning the alphabet. This activity works well with all Fili & Flora flashcards.
Create different categories and ask your child to categorise the cards. The categories could be things like colour (picture or card background), size, type (fruit or animal, etc.). This activity works best with all Fili & Flora flashcards with a picture on it.
The adorable little illustrations of Fili & Flora flashcards can be so cute and can inspire some cute back stories (just check my instagram ha!) It’s so important for literacy development to foster a love of stories and storytelling in children from as early as possible. For this activity you could make up a little story about each picture and then encourage your child to create little stories about the characters too. This activity works best with all Fili & Flora flashcards with a picture on it.
So there you are, 5 simple low prep ideas to try at home. I personally use all of these ideas in the classroom and more. I will be sharing more flashcard ideas soon. I'd love to know what ideas you try.