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Flash Cards – How To Make

Flash Cards – How To Make. The 100 Sight Words available on the internet to download are ideal. Flash Cards and the Word Wall pages go together. Here is the link
https://www.tutoringprimary.com/product/early-primary-school-word-wall/ or from this list on this linkhttps://www.tutoringprimary.com/product/sight-words-prep-grade-1/

Step 1:  If you have some lead time with your Prep child, ask your circle of friends to save the card dividers from tea bag packs. Otherwise, if you are not too far from a stationery store, buy card. If you do it this way, you need to sit and cut the card. With a small paper trimmer from the stationery store you can do this quickly. And you get a better result than using a scissors. From personal experience using a scissors is hard work.

Cards can be laminated so they last. If you decide to do this, leave a narrow margin around each card so the plastic doesn’t come apart. Another option is to seal the edges with sticky tape. A bit tedious.

Step 2: A bit of practice is needed on paper first. Get your printing style right. Use a permanent black marker with a thick tip.  How To Teach Handwriting will help you get the basics in order. The reason is that you are modelling hand printing for the child. Neat and even letters are the key. Use whatever style is taught in your child’s school or state. Here is the link to this post: https://www.tutoringprimary.com/teach-handwriting/

Step 3:  Measure with your eye where you need to write each word on that card. The aim is to get the word centred in the space.

  • Copy each word from the Word Wall or the Sight Words List. They are the same content.  “Word Wall”, Early Primary School“Sight Words for Prep and Grade 1”, Literacy
  • Colour code each set with a colour in one corner. The children get to know what colour group they are doing well and are keen to move to the next set.
  • When placing each card in front of the child, you want immediate recognition. So test your child to see which words are known immediately. That’s your starting point. Tick those off on your own records.
  • Make a list in a wide sheet of paper. Write the date across the top so record after you tested.

See How to Use Flash Cards, Literacy for advice on the best way to use them.

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