Home School Tutoring : Flash Cards & Home Schooling
Using flash cards, the second most important
tool we’re going to use after the basic notebook is flash cards. Flash cards are great and
I find they’re one of the best learning tools from the earliest child that can learn to
just pick up a card up until college students and beyond. I’ve used them a lot to learn
a lot of things. What we do is, I like to keep them in a box, I like to keep the different
types of cards separated by rubber bands and if you run out of boxes, if you run out of
your box, you can get more boxes. I take them out of the rubber band and this is how the
rule works. You make a pile to start with, the cards that you’re going to work on. You
see how fast you want to go and you see if you can say the answer or say the word in
this case. For this one it would be you and if they get it right it goes in a good pile.
You designate where the good pile is. My, goes in the good pile. The, no, that’s incorrect,
that goes in the bad pile. You designate a place for the bad pile and always keep the
good pile and the bad pile the same, wherever you decide to put it. The, yes; of, yes; he,
no; that’s she, that goes in the bad pile. We, good; he, good; was, excellent, by, alright,
look at that, you got them all right except for the ones in this pile. So what do we do?
We leave these here, move these into the pile we’re working with and we do it over again,
what is this? She, yes, that time you got it right, the, no, missed that one again,
go back in the bad pile. Start again, take the ones out of the bad pile, work on them.
To, yes, the session doesn’t end until all the cards are in the good pile and that’s
when you know for this moment, at this time, all of these cards have been mastered and
you can take a break and do the whole thing over again, the same day or the next day.
As you go on, you’ll find of course more and more cards stay in the good pile and eventually
when they learn them completely, the fun thing, you can start eliminating cards and say you’ve
got this word right ten times in a row, the last ten days. No problem, you didn’t even
flinch. We’re going to pull it out of the pile and we’re going to toss it or we’re going
to put it in a special section for your little brother or sister when they’re ready and children
love that, that they’ve mastered something and they can even eliminate it.