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Flash Cards – A Progressive Learning System

Posted on: May 1, 2018

Flash Cards!

My little monkey is ALMOST done with kindergarten and as crazy as that seems, it’s true!   Throughout the year we have implemented a flash card system that honestly, I wish I had when I was in school!!!!!

Check out how we got it done!

First – The supplies (click the pictures to easily order from Amazon!):

  • index cards and marker – I use assorted colors to make the look of the cards more FUN and I simply use a Sharpie marker to write one work on each card.
                
  • expandable file folders – This four pack on Amazon would work great!  And you can fit 2 sets of cards per expandable file!!
  • star stickers – I’ve tried a few different brands, but these are the ones that work the best and they last a while!!

 

OK!  Now that you have the supplies, let talk about what to do with them!

  • Write one word on each index card.  For my kindergartner, I started with Fry’s List of 100 words and eventually migrated to the words the kindergarten teacher sent home each week.
  • Label each pocket tab with numbers 1 through 6.  Since the folders I have pictured above have 13 pockets (which is 12 tabs, label 1 through 6 – twice!!  That’s how you’ll be able to sets in each expandable folder!)
  • Next, let’s talk about how to put this all together!

 

Day 1 – On the first day, you’ll determine how many cards you want to start with – I started with 5 cards (and I add 5 new cards each day as long as Monkey is progressing well!)  You will go over these words with your child and then place them in pocket one.

Day 2 – You will start with pocket number 1…  have them try the words themselves …  the cards that they get correct move onto pocket number 2 and the ones that they get wrong (or hesitated on) will stay in pocket 1.  (At this point you can add new cards to pocket 1 for tomorrow!)

Day 3 – The next time that you work on these words, you will start with pocket 2 …  again, the cards that they get correct will move onto pocket 3, the incorrect words will stay in pocket 2.  THEN, you will go to pocket 1 and again, move the cards they get correct to pocket 2 and the incorrect words will stay in pocket 1.  (You can add new cards to pocket 1 for tomorrow!)

At this point, you are beginning to see the words that they are excelling or struggling with – it’s amazing how this system allows you to see patterns!  For instance, after a few days, you might notice that your child is struggling with any words that start with “th” or end with “y”.

Day 4 – The next time that you work on these words, you will start with pocket 3 …  again, the cards that they get correct will move onto pocket 4, the incorrect words will stay in pocket 3.  THEN, you will go to pocket 2 and again, move the cards they get correct to pocket 3 and the incorrect words will stay in pocket 2.  THEN, you will go to pocket 1 and again, move the cards they get correct to pocket 2 and the incorrect words will stay in pocket 1. (You can add new cards to pocket 1 for tomorrow!)

Day 5 and beyond – each day start with the highest number pocket and work your way back to pocket 1.  You will really see what words are progressing through the pockets and which ones seem to be stuck!  This allows you to give more attention to the words that seem to be stuck in the lower numbers.

So what happens when your child gets them correct once they have reached pocket 6?  Well, that is where the star stickers come in!   We put a star on the word and throw it back in pocket number 1 to go back through the pockets.  Going through the pockets twice will really reinforce the word and also boost their confidence every time they see a word with a star!

You will want to choose how many times the word will go through the system – how many stars each word will receive!  🙂

This system also works for math flash cards, writing practice, spelling, foreign language learning, and even older kids school subjects – anything that you can make flash cards for!!   I wish I had this in college when studying topics!

Happy Learning!!!

 

 

 

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