ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Kindergarten Readiness: New Ways to Use ABC Flashcards

Updated on January 16, 2012
Homemade 4 X 6 index card flaschcard
Homemade 4 X 6 index card flaschcard

Getting Flashy With Flashcards

Using flashcards to drill and practice the letters of the alphabet is boring and ineffective. Preschoolers and kindergarteners learn best when they are participating both mentally and physically. Combining a hands-on approach and fun activities will lead to effortless learning. As a bonus, you will get the pleasure of spending time teaching your child in a relaxed, enjoyable manner. So say good-bye to the old "drill and kill" and put some FLASH into flashcards!

*SORT THROUGH IT

You decide how the letters will be sorted. There are lots of possibilities. You may choose to sort capital vs. lowercase, letters with curves vs. letters with straight lines, letters in your child's name vs. letters not in your child's name, Etc. I like to put a post-it with a visual reminder above each of the piles your child will sort into. For example, if you are sorting curved letters and straight line letters, put a curvy line on one post-it and a straight line on another. Together, go through the stack of flashcards and decide which pile each letter goes into. Reinforce the letter name by asking, "Which pile does 'A' go in?" Being able to sort by a physical attribute is also an important math skill for preschoolers and kindergarteners. I love it when I can combine multiple skills into an activity!

*KEY LETTER

Before you begin going through the stack of letter cards, choose a key letter and show it to your child. Bury that letter close to the beginning of the pile. Instruct your child that when the key letter comes up he/she must do a certain action like clapping, jumping up and down, spinning around, or whatever other silly action you two can come up with. Once that letter comes up, choose another key letter and action. If you want to combine a little counting, have your child do the chosen activity ten times while counting to ten.

*MAKE YOUR OWN

I made two different sets. I made a large set in which each letter is on a 9 X 12 piece of construction paper. I wrote the letter, and together we covered it with something that starts with that letter. For example, I made a large bubble letter 'A' and we cut pictures from magazines and printed pictures from the internet of animals, then we glued them inside the 'A'. We used some animal stickers also. Fashioning three zippers into the shape of the letter 'Z' is much more memorable than looking at a store bought flashcard! I also made a smaller set using 4 X 6 index cards. I wrote the letter at the bottom. First, I drew the three lines that are standard on primary writing paper. I used a blue marker for the top and bottom lines and a red marker for the dotted middle line. I wrote the letter in orange (because that is my son's favorite color). Any three color combination is fine. It is important to write the letter using the lines for the next activity. Together you will choose a picture for the top of the card. We used as many family pictures as we could. For instance, 'D' is for daddy, 'G' is for grandma, 'J' is for Jake (our dog), Etc. Using the names of family and friends helps make the cards more meaningful to your child. After working so hard to make your own flashcards, you may want to have them laminated at your local office supply store.

*ABC AEROBICS

For this activity you will need flashcards with letters shown on standard primary writing paper lines. The cards you two just made will work perfectly. As you go through the stack of letters, your child will reach up to the sky for tall letters (those that go top line to bottom line). He/she will put his/her hands on hips for short letters (those that go from middle to bottom line) and touch the floor for hang down letters (those few that hang below the bottom line like 'j' and 'y'). Don't forget to have your little one say the letter name as he/she performs the action.

*WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?

As you go through the flashcards, you and your child can do the American Sign Language alphabet sign for each letter. Check out the alphabet slide show on http://asl.ms/ if you are unfamiliar, like I was, with sign language.

*MEMORY MATCH

This game takes no preparation. Simply turn your flashcards over and try to match the capital with its lowercase mate. You and your child will take turns flipping over two cards at a time. If they are a match, you keep the cards and get another turn. If they do not match, turn them back over an it is the other player's turn. For younger players, you will want to use fewer cards. Pick out 5-10 matches from the flashcards to play with. As your child becomes more proficient, you can add more cards.

Remember that having fun and enjoying each other is the most important thing. If your child tires of an activity, stop. I try to keep any activity for this age at 20-30 minutes, max. When the two of you are having fun, the most learning occurs.

Homemade construction paper flashcards
Homemade construction paper flashcards

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • instantlyfamily profile image

      instantlyfamily 

      6 years ago

      This is really cool.I look forward to reading your next one!

    • Mama-n-Teacher profile imageAUTHOR

      Mama-n-Teacher 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Kristine! This is my first hub, but I plan to write one that provides ideas for all 26 letters.

    • Kristine Manley profile image

      Donna Kristine 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love the animal flashcard. Nice Hub and voted up!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)