What is the right age to start with Flashcards
Posted on December 06 2016
Babies can hear the parent’s voices even when they are inside the womb. Every baby has a common age of when they start developing, processing information given by the external stimuli to the brain. The information given to children should be moderate, not too much not too little. I would recommend to start showing the flashcards at the age of 6 months, the sooner we expose them to external information, the sooner their brain develops and we should expedite their curiosity. Kids learn at a rapid pace. Pictures and numbers should be large and clear. Children are easily influenced at this age. So the happier, more enthusiastic the parents are, the child will automatically pick up on that and reflect it.
The more we show them flashcards, the easier it will be for them to remember what was on it later. The presentation of the card should be for a couple of seconds and not more Repetition always works with children. Children are keen observers, if we ask them questions as to what was on each card, we will be surprised on how much they remember. Sometimes if they are having difficulty figuring out what information the card is giving them, as parents we should help them process that information. For example, the Quantum Cards, can be used. Simple things like pointing to a green box (for the colours) or knowing what is big and small can be learned by children at rapid pace. One can test it by playing a recall game with them, ask them to remember what was on each flashcard, the more the practice effect, children will have an enhanced memory of what was shown on each flashcard. Not all children are the same, some may take time, to learn others may learn faster. Even if the child does not reciprocate, they are still grasping in the information and processing it. So if one thinks their child is not learning anything at all, one might be mistaken.
In my opinion repetition is the prime focus. The number of times one repeats the behaviour, he/she tends to reinforce it. Parents must not forget to praise the child if they get the answer correct, and if they get it wrong, to correct them, and show them the right answer, rather than scolding them.
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About The Expert:
Tara Sheth is our Expert at Brainsmith. She is currently pursuing Masters in Education with a specialisation in Child Psychology from Columbia University, New York City, United States. Previously she has worked as a per-primary teacher and she loves children and is enthusiastic to work with them.