Learning to Read with Flash Cards

Up until now, I haven’t really known whether the method of learning by flash cards have really been working for Gavin.  Nevertheless, I’ve continued with it in the hope that he would pick up something – anything.  I haven’t been quite as diligent with it as I had initially intended, but we do run through some cards every so often when Gavin is willing.  Taking heed of the advice from Glenn Doman, I never force and I never persist when Gavin isn’t interested.

The main reason I have no idea what Gavin has learned or understood from the flash cards is because Glenn Doman doesn’t advise testing a child.  One of the fastest ways to make a child lose interest in learning is to test him so I try not to test.  Besides, I’ve also learned that Gavin doesn’t often reveal what he knows anyway.  It is only through subtle observation that I pick up little things about what he has really learned.

Yesterday, I took out the flash cards I made on Powerpoint and started showing them to Gavin again.  When I opened the file with colours, Gavin immediately said, “Red.”  It turns out that “red” was the first word on the slide show.  I have never played this slide show for him before so he would not have had the benefit of recall to know that the first slide says “red”.  The only thing on the slide is the word “red” so he would not have had the benefit of a colour to prompt him either.  I tried to get him to volunteer more words but he refused so I left it at that.


Nevertheless, I am inspired.  All my efforts have not been in vain and Gavin is truly learning something.  Although I have no idea which was the methodology that worked with him.  Was it the flash cards on DVD, the books, Signing Time or the earlier series of flash cards I created?  Or perhaps it was a combination of everything and it was simply repetition that helped?  Who knows…

I’m just happy to know that Gavin can recognise a new word other than “Thomas”, “Gordon”, “Henry”, “Percy” and “James”.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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