Flashcard learning (Post 2)

As we discussed today in lecture the best option for a child to learn words are through sensory experiences; however, I want to argue that learning through flashcards is just as valid of a method as sensory experiences.

We all know that for infants getting to touch, smell, taste, and feel objects helps their brain recognize those items faster, yet, that is not the only way an infant’s brain can learn. If the best option for a child to learn words is through sense then a child will miss out on a whole different world not available to them. This is where flashcards come in, flashcards allow a child to stare and examine any picture of items they are unable to sensory engage in real life; such as: planes, trains, castles, alligators or other things such as these. I would argue that if a child is able to focus on a flash card and use their words to describe that item they will have learned the new word just as well as if they were seeing it in real life.

Along with my argument, I think it’s important to look at how a child learns, they may be more apt to learn words through different styles; which would effect how many they learn. A child that learns through visual aspects may learn just as well or even better from flashcards than another infant who is interacting with their objects. This is implied by children that can read or write their alphabet.

Typically a child doesn’t interact with a big block of a letter to learn what it is; but instead learns it from flashcards. Seeing how the alphabet is the foundation of every word in the world, and most children learn from flashcards, wouldn’t that imply that flashcards are equal to or even better at exposing and teaching children new words?

“One effective way of teaching pre-verbal children is by showing them flash cards. Child brain development specialist Glenn Doman, founder of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, is one of those credited with developing this teaching method for the very young.

Flash cards are large cards bearing pictures, words or numbers. That can be physical cards, or virtual ones stored on the computer and shown as a slideshow presentation. Flash cards are ideal for infant stimulation and fascinating to many children, making learning a fun part of everyday play.

You should deliver lessons when your child is in a happy, relaxed frame of mind. Don’t be surprised if she shows enthusiasm for the next session. Flash card presentations are good at capturing children’s attention, and as the two of you go through the cards daily, your child’s knowledge and understanding may increase rapidly (brillbaby).”

-Becky Knoblauch

Brillbaby:Why use flashcards with babies?


~ by Becky Knoblauch Smart on September 15, 2009.

2 Responses to “Flashcard learning (Post 2)”

  1. I agree in some cases learning can take place from flashcards, just as with books. The flat picture and word association is the same for both. However, a NEWBORN needs more. Preschool may learn from books, but as the teacher said, a 5 month old learns quicker with touch, sound, action, taste..not that a 5 month old CANT learn from a book, just that i think they learn quicker and more thoroughly at that age from experience.
    Jennifer Poulos

  2. What about using the very item as the “flash card” instead? If a baby see’s a picture of a cartoon tree his/her whole life, he probably won’t really understand what a tree is until he see’s one. I will always show my baby the real thing and then tell him what it is. I’ve always thought that was the best way to do it. I think you really have to experience something to know what it is. Flash cards don’t have pictures of a bananna chopped up, or peeled entirely. They only show it with it’s peel on. How will you understand entirely until you hold, smell, and eat one. These are my thoughts.

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