As a parent, it’s not everyday you get a free resource is it? Even when you do get a free resource, it’s rare for it to be of high quality. Even more rare is a high quality and free educational resource. Well, that’s what I’ve found with totcards and their free alphabet flashcards. I believe I’ve found a high quality, free, educational resource that’s built specifically for children ages 0-5.
Now don’t get me wrong…flashcards are nothing new. This is an ages old method to teaching, and there’s a reason it still exists today. The fact is that children learn best through repetition and build upon the memories gained through said repetition. These specific alphabet flashcards are executed extremely well, for a number of reasons.
First off, I love the pictures that are used. They are vivid and clearly promote memory retention. Each picture does its part in helping your child remember the letter, the picture, and the associated idea. I can’t get over the clarity on some of these pictures, and I simply love the vibrant colors and the fun animal pictures in this set.
One of the other great features of these free alphabet flashcards is the fact that you can print out components separately. What I mean by this is that you can print out different versions of the cards. See, the base card has 3 components on it: The letter, the picture, and the word. If you so choose, you can just print out the picture (or the letter…or the word) and have your child tell you what the letter or word is. Again, this really helps your child pick up the concept of what you’re doing and also assists with the retention of ideas and concepts. If they can remember one component, it’ll be easier to help them with the other two.
Finally, totcards is really proficient at telling users how to be successful. I have used flashcards with my toddler and I can honestly say that I haven’t been as successful as I was with these cards. The reason? Totcards was pretty clear that I better use these in very short time frames (5-10 minutes onl) and that I better not have other distractions around us when we try. It’s simple reminders like this that helped us past many of the little problems that are so prevalent with educational activities with children.
All in all, these are extremely well thought out flashcards (especially since they’re being given away for free). What’s even better is that the alphabet flashcards are not the only ones being offered for free, and totcards has an upcoming app for your phone/tablet! Here’s a list of the free resources for you at www.totcards.com:
Until next time…smash, crash, and learn!