Updated June 26, 2020
Flashcards can be a fun and effective way for homeschool parents to teach pretty much any subject. They’re a great tool for children to practice and retain information. Flashcards are especially popular for reiterating skills in math, phonics, science, history, Bible, foreign language—the list goes on and on!
If you want to get the most out of your flashcards, here are 5 tips for using them in your homeschool. The key is to make it fun. When your children are having fun, they’ll feel less like they are doing “school” or “work.”
TIP 1: Play Games
Race to see how fast you can go through your flashcards, see how many you can get correct on the first try, or try to put them in the correct order.
TIP 2: Host Competitions
Children love competing and winning. Let siblings race against each other (which means you may need to use different sets of flashcards at the same time to make it fair for different ages) and see who can give the answer the quickest. Give every child the opportunity to succeed and have fun!
TIP 3: Let Your Kids Do the Drilling
Let your kids drill or test you using the flashcards. They can learn as much while “being the teacher” as they can while being the student.
TIP 4: Switch It Up
Use a variety of flashcards. Instead of only using the typical 3×5 card with black lettering, use different sizes, colors, and shapes to keep children interested and engaged.
TIP 5: Make Your Own Flashcards
Let your kids get creative by making their own flashcards. Let them come up with something they want to learn and help them reach that goal by making flashcards to drill the information. They’ll benefit from the repetition of actually making the flashcards themselves.
Once your kids catch the learning bug, they’ll have it for life. Flashcards feel more like a game than a part of school. When learning becomes fun in their eyes, they won’t push so hard against it.