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How to Help Your Budding Genius Make Meaningful Flashcards

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How to Help Your Budding Genius Make Meaningful Flashcards

 
Does your future scholar use flashcards? If so they probably look like the kind I used growing up, cut up squares of paper with the word written down on one side and the definition on the other.  That’s played out.  I want our future scholars to develop some real meaning for the words they are learning.  No more remembering words for the moment.  I want to expand their vocabulary for forever!   This means goodbye to the old flashcards and hello to the new version.
 

Happy Learning!

 

Is the SAT or ACT on your radar?  Increase vocabulary by making flashcards this way:

  1. Choose a book to your tween or teens liking.
  2. Have them make a list of all the words that they are unfamiliar with.
  3. Open a blank slide in PowerPoint or you can use Microsoft Word.
  4. Find the definition of unknown word.
  5. Locate a picture online that describes the word  to help make connections
  6. Locate a video clip from a movie, television show, poem or song (any genre) that gives even more meaning to the word – helps to make connections and have your tween or teen show how this video/song/poem is a good example of the chosen word

how to make engaging flashcards

 

 

 

Elementary

A bit concerned about the upcoming standardized tests?  Vocabulary is more than likely not a portion of the test.  But your little genius could get tripped up over words they don’t know in a reading passage.  If so never fear there is still time to practice and make your budding scholar’s vocabulary skills stronger.  You can do the same but perhaps
For older elementary (3-5): Choose a chapter book to your whiz kids liking.
  1. Have them make a list of all the words that they are unfamiliar with while reading.
  2. Open a blank slide in PowerPoint or you can use Microsoft Word.
  3. Find the definition of unknown word.
  4. Locate a picture online that describes the word to help make connections
*For the older elementary kids: have them locate as many video clips or songs that also represent the word and its definition.

 

Younger elementary and kindergarten:

 

  1.  Choose a picture book.
  2. Make a list of all the words that they are unfamiliar with and place front and center on the refrigerator.
  3. Google pictures and talk about words they don’t know

 

 

 

Here’s to closing the achievement gap!

 

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