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Lesson 7:

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.

Why this lesson falls short for some children...

First, akin to the alphabet chart and Word Wall lessons, young children can get bored with drilling which hinders their attention.

Second, in this flashcard drill the children are merely recognizing the words by memorization and are not actually reading them by applying their letter-sound knowledge.  Memorized knowledge is not real knowledge that can be transferred to reading other words.

Third, although children may appear to know the words during the flashcard drill, they may still struggle to use each particular word in an actual reading or writing context. Young children are often unable to bridge the gap between the general presentation of words on flashcards and the specific usage of the words in actual reading and writing contexts.

Learn to teach this lesson properly

  • Teach children to truly read by using their letter-sound knowledge, instead of merely recognizing words that they have seen before.
  • Teach children to read words without boring drilling methods, such as using flashcards.
  • Teach in a way that the child will later apply the information to real-life reading and writing contexts.

Improve your instruction of young learners

To learn the specific methods for teaching this lesson correctly, please see Programs and Get the Books.