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Better Known Songs

Song SheetFor children's work, it is well worth the time to copy out the better-known songs on sheets of card, two or three times the size of normal flash cards. They make it easy to maximize the benefits of repetition and to improve kids memorization skills. Rounding the corners of the children's flash cards will also help them travel better and a clear book covering may be useful in protecting them from sticky fingers! For the little children, ordinary upper case lettering rather than bubble or ladder lettering may be more legible.

Words and Actions

Upper case letters on flash cards may be best for little children as this is how they first learn to read. Paul Kropp (1948-2015) the eminent author on learning skills in children wrote, "Between the ages of four and nine, your child will have to master some 100 phonics rules, learn to recognize 3,000 words with just a glance, and develop a comfortable reading speed approaching 100 words a minute. He (or she) must learn to combine words on the page with a half-dozen squiggles called punctuation into something – a voice or image in his mind that gives back meaning." No matter how you write out the sheets, be sure to speak the words out loud anyway for those who cannot read. Actions will further help to remind the children of the words as in "Zacchaeus was a very little man," or "The wise man built his house upon the rock," or "If I were a butterfly." Many of the children's songs have memorable words when combined with hand actions.

"Children's Flash Cards"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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