Stacy teaches reading with flashcards
Stacy writes common words on index cards with a black sharpie, such as come, is, this, can, and the. She teaches her students to read the words by drilling them daily with the flashcards.
The Alternative Lesson Plan
Many children have learned successfully with this lesson. But for those continuing to struggle, the alternative lesson plan is as follows:
- Don’t use memorization methods, like flashcards.
Although some children may successfully identify all the words correctly in the flashcard drill, they may be merely memorizing or recognizing words and not actually reading them by applying their letter-sound and phonic knowledge. Memorized knowledge is not real knowledge that can be transferred to reading other words.
- Make sure the information does not appear random to the children.
Although children may appear to know the words during the flashcard drill, the information appears random and they may still struggle to use each particular word in an actual reading or writing context. These children need methods that bridge the gap between the general presentation of words on flashcards and the specific usage of the words in actual reading and writing contexts.