Flashcards have been around since at least the 19th century. Did you know that Reading Disentangled (1834), a set of phonics flashcards by Ms. Favell Lee Mortimer is often credited as being some of the first flashcards?
In more recent times, many academics have continually stressed that “[t]he best way to learn is by doing”. Traditional flashcards where you write a question on one side and the answer on the other side are very popular. The flashcards are easy to use and you can even reverse the process by reading the answer and trying to figure out the question. You can practice more on concepts that are more difficult for you to comprehend.
As technology advances, traditional flashcards are being updated to include multimedia, sound, and sometimes even videos. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten complete phonics program combines both traditional flashcards and next generation online flashcards (with proper pronunciations).
These professionally illustrated flashcards (with proper pronunciations) are designed to assist your child to systematically learn to read by doing. If you are not near a computer or tablet, you can use the traditional flashcards. In fact, we recommend taking the traditional flashcards where ever you go. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten complete phonics program has flashcards for each step in learning, including: short vowels, consonants, two-letter blends, three-letter blends (aka WORDS), FLOSS rule, two-letter consonant blends, digraphs, three-letter consonant blends, plurals, sight words, long vowels, r-controlled vowel sounds, and diphthongs.