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Brand: ELC / Age: 3 Years+ / Type: Reading / Writing

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      08.02.2011 15:05
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      An aid to reading.

      I was taught to read using flashcards and my daughter was taught to read using flashcards - and now, following the tradition, my son is learning to read using flashcards. A pack of 70 ELC Flashcards (which is a total of 140 words) costs £3.50 - which equates to 2.5p per word (or 5p per card). As you're are simply buying a card with two words printed on it, front and back, I guess that 5p per card is actually quite expensive - but, lets face it, its not going to break the bank either! The reason I particularly like using flashcards is that the English language is such a non-uniform language which has so many words that follow a irregular syntactical structure that I really don't believe that phonetics is enough. The teachers at my daughters school very much adhered to the phonetic way of teaching i.e. breaking words down into the different individual sounds that make them up - and that was fine - but try explaining to a child why the word "answer" isn't said "ans-Wer" or why the words "doe" and "dough" are said the same! Its not enough to teach them the phonetics and so introducing them to the fact that the rules do not always follow in English is not a bad thing at all! The ELC Flashcards feature 140 of the most commonly used words - at least the most commonly used words used in children's books and so it can be really helpful to use the flashcards to recognise key words in the books as you're reading through. The ELC Flashcards also has some blank cards so that I'm able to write certain words on the cards that are particularly relevant to my son but which aren't within the pack. For example, I have written "chinchilla" and cruelly, "chihuahua"! The ELC cards are well made and plastic coated and so they are wipeable should they get grubby. It would be helpful if the blank cards were made a of material so that you could write a word on and then rub it off once that word has been learnt - but alas, this isn't the case. Overall, I recommend these cards as an aid to reading for children between 3 - 5 years old.

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      14.09.2010 17:50
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      ELC Flash Cards

      So my daughter is only 8 months old but I hold the philosophy that the soonerr you start teaching them, the better. Now, I know she is probably a bit early for flash cards but that didn't stop me buying a set a few weeks ago in the Early Learning Centre. I have heard that children learn better when they can see a combination of shapes, letters and pictures as well as the word to accompanying them so I was quite excited to find a set of alphabet flashcards in the ELC as they were exactly what I was looking for. The pack includes 26 alphabet cards which are wipe clean and also a wipe clean pen. THe cards are a bit bigger than your regualr playing card but jsut as thin. They are made from forest friendly card. I like the fact that they are wipe clean as hopefully this will keep them fairly clean and also enables you to write on the bag. You see, on the back side of the card is the letter written in cursive and then below it are dotted lines in order to teach and help children to write their letters. I think this is great as they can practice over and over again until they get their letter shape right. Obviously I don't really need this function for my little girl yet but it's good to know it's there when the time comes. I mainly bought these flash cards to show to my daughter from time to time and repeat the letter and picture so she learns words. The front side of the card includes a colour picture of the beginning letter it corresponds to. For example a is for apple. All the words are written in lower case letters. All the words are words that you child will use in everyday speech and play so they are good letters and words to begin with. The rest of the alphabet is as follows: a - apple b - boat c - cat d - duck e - elephant f - fish g - girl h - hat i - ink j - jug k - kite l - ladybird m - mouse n - needle o - orange p - penbuin q - queen r - rabbit s - sun t - tap u - umbrella v - vase w - windmill x - xray y - yo-yo z - zebra The flashcards are only £4 and in my opinion a great buy.

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        06.07.2010 11:12
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        good value for money

        The first time I bought early learning centre flash cards when my third child was eighteen months old, they cost me £1 and that was over eighteen years ago, Today you will pay £4 and they haven't changed at all in all that time. The cards are easy to handle and you get 70 cards in the pack, each card has a word written in the middle of it and the words are all different, from nouns to verbs to adjectives they are the start of the basic english language for a child to learn to read. Although these cards are for three years and over I started showing these to my daughter everyday when she was eighteen months old as she had started talking sentences and it wasn't long before she could read the small words, like it, and , to, as, and the. Each day we would play the guess what this one is and within two weeks she had got them all right and could remember which small word card was which and had learned six of the words which I could shuffle round and her still get them right. After two weeks I introduced another word every four days and she quickly picked this up, I was quite surprised that she was taking it all in as they were recommended for older children. Once she had progressed through the pack which wasn't until she was four I began to buy her books so she could sit with me as I read them to her and she was picking words out that she knew. At the age of six she was reading easy childrens books on her own and as she got older she I was told she was an advanced reader and she was always top at her class exams. She went on to pass all her GCSE exams with A stars. I really do believe that if you give your child the chance to learn they will take in the knowledge and these flash cards are great to get them off to a good start. These are affordable for anyone's budget and the benefits of teaching your child the basics of reading a few words before they get to school is an advantage for them, its surprising how many children have not been taught to read before they get to school age, which leaves them behind in class. These early learning flash cards are brilliant for playing word games with and teaching through playing with your child. I'd highly recommend them for you to try if your looking for a new game to play with your child then the learing to read game is great fun.

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          22.04.2010 15:01

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          A great learning tool

          I bought my daughter some of these flashcards when she started Reception and was just beginning to read. Im so glad i did as they have been a great help. Children are taugt to read by using phonics at school but this sometimes leads to a bit of confusion over certain words. For example NOW my daughter could not understand why this was not pronounced as NO-W because this is the way she has been taught to read. The phonics system works for most words but for others it can be quite confusing. This is where the flashcards have come in handy as we can keep going over the trickiest words until she learns them by sight. The flashcards themselves are just white pieces of card with the word printed on the front in black. They are very simple but very effective. My daughter could easily recognise the words within a few weeks of going over them. She is excelling at school with her reading and i put abit of that down to the help these flashcards have given her. I also took the idea of the flashcards and now make my own for her using the most difficult words from her reading books. The concept is brilliant and it really does help your child get to grips with reading. For a fairly inexpensive learning tool the educational value is pricless and i would definatley reccomend getting some of these to use with your child. There are a whole range of learning tools available at the Early Learning centre but these are my favourite as they are very simple with no colours or pictures to distract your child from the word. As i said they have been a valuable tool in helping my daughter to read and so i couldnt reccomend more

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          10.05.2009 14:13
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          Great way to introduce reading in a fun way.

          When my son was due to start school last year he had no interest at all in learning to read so we tried to look at alternatives to make reading fun. My friend had given us some of the phonic books from the ELC and some of them interested him. He didnt want to read them but was looking at the pictures. I began to wonder if the pictures we actually distracting him and making him think that he didnt need to read. So on a trip into town I popped into the ELC and could not believe the range of reading materials that they stock. I found this set of flash cards and thought for £3.50 it would be worth a shot. Well I have to say they have been an absolute hit, not only with my 5 year old but with my 4 year old to. There are 70 cards in total and they have a very good range of starter words and there are also some blank cards. We have used the blank ones for our childrens names and our street as they are familiar words that they use. We have discovered many games to play with these, my sons favourite is when we hide the cards and they have to find them and tell us the word, if they get it correct they get a chocolate button. Sometimes they hide the cards and Daddy and Mummy have to hide them and tell them the word, getting it wrong most of the time and letting the kids correct us. We also use these to make little sentences and get the kids to read them. These have been really well used over the past year and are beginning to look a bit tired now but it has to be one of the best things that I have bought and at £3.50 I am delighted.

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            02.03.2009 14:48
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            Help your child read!

            My five year old daughter has just started taking off with her reading and to be honest, at the moment, she can just not get enough of it which is fantastic. Whenever we are out she is reading all the signs and notices that we pass and often asking me what are the words that she finds difficult. Her school is obviously doing a lot of work on phonics because any word that is phonically regular she is able to read with no problem. Unfortunately though, such as the English language is, we have many words where phonics do not help to read them and there is no substitute to just knowing what the word says! With this thought in mind, I was on the look out for something to help her and spotted these flash cards in the Early Learning Centre. There are seventy good quality cards in this pack (apparently made from forest friendly card) and each card has a word on each side giving you a total of 140 words for your child to become familiar with. The words selected are the ones that are most used in everyday speech. There are also a number of blank cards where you can write the words that might be particularly important to your family like the names of brothers, sisters or friends. It is quite daunting having so many words to look at at one time though so it's probably best to sort them in to smaller groups. Also a lot of the words on the cards are actually phonically regular such as 'bed' so I don't think my daughter really needs to worry about these too much so I've put them to one side. However, there are a lot of high frequency words that she does need to recognise so we have sorted these for her to take a look at. These include words such as 'do', 'she', 'they', 'was' and so on. At the moment I just want to help her recognise these words so I tend to show them one at a time and see whether she can tell us the word. She is actually getting very good at these and does not need to do this too much more but I am now starting to use them with her younger sister who is four next week. Another thing I like to do with them is spread out about a dozen words at one time on the table and get her to spot certain words. However, as your child becomes more proficient with their reading, there are lots of other things that you can do with these cards. You can do sorting activities and get your child to put them in piles depending on what letter they start or end with. You can use them to start to understand alphabetical order, starting with just three or four words to put in order and gradually increasing the challenge. With so many words you can look at ordering words that start with the same letter and therefore looking at the second or even third placed letter in order to determine the order. These words can even help your child to create simple sentences. Again there are enough words there to make a great variety of sentences but I do think that it requires the parent to do some sorting of the words in advance so that the task is not too difficult. Maybe you can find the words to make a sentence, mix them up and then get your child to have a go. Unfortunately, the sentences will not have capital letters and full stops though. Finally I think that these cards will also help your child with spelling and you can use them with the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method that lots of schools use. You can do this by showing a word to your child. Get them to say the word and take notice of the order of the letters. Then cover the word while your child writes it down and then once they have written it they can check whether they have the correct spelling by having another look at the card. These cards are really very versatile considering the number of different things you can use them for - much more versatile than I thought when I first opened the pack. They do look a little bit boring though because quite literally all they have on them is the word. It's a shame there are not small pictures or different colour words to help you sort them. The cards come in a small box and cost £3.50. This seems quite expensive for a set of words and you could argue that you could just make some cards yourself but it's not quite the same. My daughter seems to think these are probably more special because they do come in their own package as well. Also I didn't have to think up all the words that would have been a chore. Overall I think these cards are pretty good for helping children to read and I like the way there is so much you can do with them. They are quite motivating but, as with many things, I do think you need to take the lead from your child and not do too much with them unless they are in the mood. It's definitely a good way of making reading fun with your child.

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            70 Flash Cards can help your child get a head start with reading, as well as being fun to play with.