How to Print and Assemble Flashcards
- Print from a Chrome Browser to make sure the margins are correct, and make sure “fit to page” is not selected. You may have problems getting the correct margins if you use the Edge browser.
- Print on card stock, cut out (a nice paper cutter like this really helps), round the corners, and laminate. I recommend hole punching the top two corners and adding rings for durable use. You could also hang these on the wall.
Tips and Tricks for Using My Other Consonant Sounds Flashcards
- Make sure your child knows one sound for each consonant before introducing these other consonant sounds. Wait until your child is fed, in a good mood, and ready for cuddles.
- Let your child look at your mouth and really exaggerate saying each sound.
- Once your child is familiar with the letters, say “What’s that?” pointing to the whole flashcard. Whether your child says the letter name, letter sound, or word associated with each letter, praise him or her because they are all right answers.
- In addition to using the flashcards in the traditional sense, you could also put them on the wall or on the refrigerator at eye level. Point to them and encourage your child to interact with them. You could also leave them loose and hand them to your child one at a time or put them on the floor and say, “Let’s step on the soft letter g”.
Follow These Steps to Teach Your Child How to Read:
I created these resources to help any parent (or teacher) teach their child/children to read in a fun and back to basics kind of way. If you follow these steps, your child will learn how to read easily and naturally just like my own five children did. Start young! It’s better to do a little bit over a long period of time rather than try to cram it all in the month before preschool or kindergarten starts.
- Vocabulary Rich Environment: Talk to children about what they are doing and what you are doing using words they can understand. Teach new vocabulary words regularly to help them interact with their environment.
- Teach the Alphabet: Teach letter names and one sound for each letter. Teach this really really really well.
- Decode Three Letter Words: Tap out sounds in three letter words and blend them together to make words.
- More Complex Sounds: Introduce the tricky parts of our language which are long vowels, digraphs, and other vowels. These are now all of the 44 sounds in the entire English language.
- Decode Four Letter Words: Continue tapping out sounds with four letter words.
- Read Sentences: Start with small simple sentences and work your way up.
- Develop a Love of Reading: Find their interests, and make it fun!