flash cards with your preschooler
is a great way to teach your child new words, letters, numbers
and even concepts (ie. up and down; big and small). They are
illustrated with bright colorful pictures to capture a toddler's
attention, and the fast pace of going through each card keeps
the toddler's attention on the cards.
When should you
begin using flashcards. Most can start using flashcards at
about 18 months of age, and some even earlier. By about age
two, he or she will be able to memorize many, if not all,
of the words on the flashcards.
Once the child
can say what word goes with each picture, you can begin to
liven it up a bit. Once the child names the card, you can
ask the child to then point out or find the same object in
the room or house. Or you can spread out a group of cards,
and ask the child to point out a specific card you name.
activities include beginning sight words. A child will often
learn one or two of the printed words as well (most flash
cards will have the word written beneath the picture; some
will also have the word by itself on the back of the flash
card.) These words will often be short and easily distinguished
words, or a particular favorite word of the toddler.
As they advance,
if your cards show the word by itself on one side, you can
then show them the word first, and then turn the card over
to show the picture.
Flash cards are
an excellent way to teach your toddler new words. You can
buy flashcards at many bookstores.