Who has the best flash cards for an 18 month old??
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Amy - posted on 02/18/2012
What is it you want flash cards for? The only flash cards I have for my 23 month old are cards that show signs for words since she's not really talking yet, and we only use them when she wants to. Babies and toddlers learn best through play.
I strongly disagree on 18 months not needing flash cards. My daughter is definitely ready for the benefits of them. She has learned numerous words and her vocabulary has exploded over the past 2 months. I had heard the dollar store had somehting that would suffice. Thanks for the input!
Sarah - posted on 02/20/2012
Just because your daughter has learned to speak doesn't mean she is ready to read, as there are different skills involved in the process.
Reading is not about recognising sight vocabulary and being able to parrot it off, it is about understanding phonics and word building and the context and meaning of words.
At this age she may just about to be ready to understand that print communicates meaning. The best way to encourage a love of reading in your toddler is to share books with her. Talk about the pictures, point at words if you have to and make it fun.
Kimberly - posted on 02/19/2012
I found some really good flash cards for my daughter from the dollars and sense dollar which is like a dollar store. We got animals,shapes and colours, and abc's. I got them just to practise with her and was surprised how well she took to them. They are simple and easy to understand and she loves playing with them. I dont force them on her and she will ask for them before a story at bedtime. I think they are good dont need really exspensive ones they cost all of two dollars a pack!!!!
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Crystal - posted on 02/23/2012
I've also been looking for flash cards for my 18 month old. I don't see whats wrong with using flash cards. sometimes it's nice to switch up activities. my son loves books and playing, but flash cards are also fun. we were using some from a brand called trend enterprises (from the $1 bin at Target). I don't love them though, so we've been looking for some new ones. right now, we've been going to abcmouse.com for learning tools. its a bit advanced, but still fun.
Jenni - posted on 02/20/2012
If you want to help your daughter take the first steps to learning to read. The best thing to do is teach her to identify letters. After that, to identify the sounds letters make. That is the first step to reading and memorizing words can actually inhibit the process.
I personally believe flashcards are unnecessary. As children learn much faster from their natural environment and integrating these letters and their sounds into their daily routine and play. Rather than sitting in front of a screen or sitting in front of cards. You can introduce her to the letters through toys, story time, shopping trips, just by pointing the letters out and making their sounds after.
All my son needed was alphabet soup and his story books. ;)
18 month olds do NOT need flashcards though.... Otherwise they wouldn't survive. Buy them, don't buy them... totally your choice. None of my kids ever had flashcards. All I did was read and play w/ them and my girls started reading at 3.5 and my son can read a few words here and there at almost 4.
Your child will learn what she needs to learn when she is ready to learn it whether she has flashcards or not. That's the point people are trying to make here.
We do all that, I appreciate everyones input. We read continously and play all day long. All I asked for was positive input on where to obtain some flashcards. Personally, I feel attacked by all these posts. I was merely wanting a suggestion, not comments on my parenting. I am fully aware of the impacts of books vs electronics and all other issues you moms have pointed out. I thought this was a place for encouragement, not judgement.
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