Babies and young children have the unique ability to learn things effortlessly.
As parents and educators, we have a responsibility to help our children harness their amazing learning capacity so that they can easily acquire skills that will enable them to excel in the future.
Flash cards are large cards bearing pictures, words or numbers. That can be physical cards, or virtual ones stored on the computer and shown as a slideshow presentation. Flash cards are ideal for infant stimulation and fascinating to many children, making learning a fun part of everyday play.
You should deliver lessons when your child is in a happy, relaxed frame of mind. Don’t be surprised if she shows enthusiasm for the next session. Flash card presentations are good at capturing children’s attention, and as the two of you go through the cards daily, your child’s knowledge and understanding may increase rapidly.
Here are some points to bear in mind for a successful flash card presentation:
- Pictures/words/numbers should be large and clear.
- The presentation should be brief.
To encourage enthusiasm, you should aim to stop before your child’s interest starts to dwindle.
Also, be sure to enjoy the presentations yourself! If you’re having fun, your child will be that bit happier to participate, even if she is only a few months old.
Studies show that babies taught with flash cards develop their senses of sight and hearing faster than other children. As the presentations stimulate your child’s brain development, they will unlock her amazing hidden potential!
Scientific research shows that kids – and especially infants – learn at a surprising speed. BrillBaby recommends that you try delivering each set of flash cards three times per day for about 10 days. However, as you may not actually continue with every set for the full 10 days (see next paragraph), it is a good idea to make a note of the date when you began showing the set, so you can tell easily when (at the latest) it should be retired.
Should interest wane…
The number of times you repeat a set will of course depend on your child. Follow your child’s lead and retire any category that he is showing diminished interest in, even if you have spent less than 10 days on it. Regularly adding new cards and making new sets and playlists will also help maintain your child’s enthusiasm for his lessons.
There may even come a time when your child only needs to see a flash card once to learn it. If your child looks away from the presentation during a set that you have not been learning for long, do not fret. The most likely explanation is that your little one has a very good memory!
How fast should flash cards be shown?
There are two schools of thought on this.
In doing so, the information you present to your child will be absorbed unconsciously by the right hemisphere of her brain. Learning is effortless and extremely rapid. When children are below the age of three and a half, it is very easy for the brain to apprehend information in this way.
For older children, it may be necessary to precede the teaching session with a period of relaxation and guided visualization. Such exercises are very effective at activating the right brain through the achievement of the alpha wave state (deeply relaxed yet fully alert and aware), which is very similar to the state achieved during deep meditation.
The second way of showing flash cards is to use the multisensory method. The philosophy here is that it is easier for children to absorb and retain new information when they receive that information through several sensory channels. This means that rather than simply reading aloud a word to your child (as you flash that word card), you would read aloud the word and follow the word card with a picture card representing the meaning of the word. Software programs such as Little Reader contain recordings of words to be taught, plus sound effects – e.g. the sound of an elephant trumpeting to go with the word “elephant.” Another advantage to this technique is that it teaches children the meanings of words, rather than simply their pronunciations.
Multisensory learning is also considered a right-brain teaching technique, because it works partly on an unconscious level. Multisensory teaching has been known to be extremely beneficial for children who do not respond well to traditional, left-brain teaching. Besides the visual and auditory modes of stimulation, multisensory learning also encompasses the kinesthetic – that is, moving your child’s body to model the meaning of a word, or encouraging him to do so, when he is old enough to move by himself. So, for example, you might raise your child’s arms in the air, or both of you might raise your arms in the air while reading the words “Arms up!”
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