Flash cards seem to be the go to tool of how to help your
child in school before looking for a tutor.
But did you know that most parents use flash cards the wrong
way? Sometimes flashcards can do more harm than good.
Parents buy flash cards at the store or receive a deck
from their child’s teacher to help their child with a particular skill set: sight words, basic math facts,
letter recognition, vocabulary words, etc. Once the cards are in the parents’
hands the hope and excitement of helping their child builds.
But wait! If your child does not already have the basics
of the information, flash cards won’t work.
Flashcards are intended for review of information. The
child needs to have some concepts of her basic math facts before she can start
reviewing them, otherwise flash cards won’t work and will only cause
frustration. If she does not have the
concept of 12+5=17, then being asked to provide the correct answers in a limited
amount of time will only bring stress and frustration to the both of you.
Flashcards work best when:
no more than 5 minutes per session
- Used to review
material not to introduce new concepts
- Used for flashcards games (Memory, Go Fish, or War)
Tell me your best or worst flashcard story.