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 First Words Flashcards
- Point to the word as you say it. The goal isn’t to sound the word out (that will come later), the goal is for the child to basically memorize the shape of the entire word.
- As children learn to memorize these first words, they are developing a very important concept which is that words have meaning. The more words they learn, the easier this concept will be to understand.
- Make sure your child understands the meaning of the word while you’re sharing the flashcards. For example, ask your child to wave when showing the word wave or pretend to drink out of a cup for the word cup.
- Use my flashcards and video together to really solidify learning.
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.
- Language Rich Environment: Use oral language at the child’s level (Get down on the floor and play together!) and help them memorize vocabulary words. (Tell them the names of things!)
- Phonemic Awareness: Teach one sound for each letter of the alphabet. (Start with short vowels.)
- Phonics: Tap out sounds in three letter words to teach how sounds come together to make words.
- More Complex Phonemic Awareness: Introduce long vowels, digraphs, and other vowel sounds.
- Reading Comprehension Strategies: Use quality literature to interact with books and ask questions before, during, and after reading to make sure your child is understanding what is being read.
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. Read more about how to teach your child to read in my blog: Teach Your Child to Read in 5 Simple Steps.
For More Information
You’ll find everything you need to teach your child to read on my FREE READING RESOURCES page which includes flashcards, videos, plus more tips and tricks. If you’d like a more in depth guide to teach your child how to read, check out my blog series.
Teach Your Child to Read Blog Series (Digging Deeper)
- #1-Oral Language Development Lays the Foundation for Learning to Read
- #2-How Engage Your Baby or Young Child with Reading
- #3-Learning How to Read Begins with the ABCs
- #4-Memorizing Words Before Sounding Them Out Leads to Reading
- #5-Building Vocabulary with Numbers, Colors, and Shapes
- #6-Teaching Phonics with Three Letter Word Families
- #7-Unlock the Final Stages of Reading with Advanced Phonemic Awareness
- #8-Reading Comprehension Strategies Lead to Independent Readers
- #9-Reinforcing Reading with Writing