My oldest daughter, who is 5 years old, has increasingly expressed an interest in learning to read.
Yippee!! Hooray!! I’m so excited!!
In an effort to contain my excitement and avoid “tiger-mom” syndrome…to which my type A and teacher personality is prone…I’ve tried to ease her into it.
We’ve bought a box of Bob Books, a box of Pinkalicious phonics readers, downloaded the Tiny Tap app and sight word games, added the ABC Mouse letter app to her iPad (and tons of other reading/letter apps) and I’ve made two sight word apps/games for her using the Tiny Tap app.
I’m easing into it, right? 😉
These books and tools have been awesome resources, but I thought today about relying on an old favorite: flashcards!
I found a list of Fry’s First 100 Words online, and then a used a simple trick on Google Slides to turn a presentation into flashcards.
Here’s a quick tutorial.
Create your slides as you normally would if making a presentation. Add fun background images, shapes, text boxes..whatever you want. When ready to print, access “file,” the “print settings and preview.” While in print preview, choose the handout 6 slide option. This makes your flashcards look more…well…flashcard-like.
Next, change your page option to “portrait.”
Then, you’re ready to print! If you are printing your flashcards on your home printer, simply select print from the print preview and settings screen. If you’re printing through a store, or sending the flashcards elsewhere to print, it may be helpful to download the file as a PDF.
Whew! The techy teacher in me reared her nerdy head with that “brief” tutorial! 😉
Now, here comes the freebie!
To help your kiddos get started on the path to reading, feel free to print and share this flashcard file, Fry’s First 100 Words (1-25)! Click here to download the file for free!
This flashcard file is only FREE for My Eclectic Bookshelf readers! Share with your friends!
If you’re interested in the complete set of Fry’s First 100 Words flashcards, please visit my Teachers Pay Teachers page!
Here’s an idea for using these flashcards with your kiddos…print these cards on card stock, and cut them out. Then, using a single hole punch, make a hole in the corner of the cards, and feed a metal ring through them. This serves two purposes…keeping the cards together (like anyone ever loses anything, right?!) and allowing your littles to handle them more easily.
How are you helping your kiddos learn to read? Share your experiences in the comments!
Thanks for reading 🙂