DIY Reading Flashcards for Meeting Your Child’s Individual Needs

Reading Word Flashcards for Easy Reading Practice with KidsAs a homeschooling mom, I have found several go-to tools that work well throughout the school year to facilitate learning. Last month I showed you some tips for teaching your preschooler his letters and today I want to share one of my favorite tricks for helping school age kids with strengthening their reading skills. 

When you have early readers you want them to practice the words they are struggling with, however,  I despise pre-set reading lists because I prefer to have my kids focus on words they have not mastered in lieu of a standard set of words. The beauty of homeschooling is we can differentiate and meet individual needs in a way that public schools sometimes struggle with due to class size. 

That's where my personalized reading flashcards come in and you don't have to be a homeschooling mom to use this process to help your children with those words that trip them up. This system allows you to customize your early reader's daily reading practice because it constantly updates itself, and will prevent burn out because it avoids covering repetitive skills they have already mastered.

Reading Card Set Up

Each day my kids have a free reading time where I have level-appropriate books for them. We set the timer for 15 minutes and they read without interruption. I am nearby to help them with any words they get stuck on and as they read, any word during this time that they cannot read or sound out for themselves goes onto the index card for further practice.

Now here's the cool tricky part – on the back of the OTHER card, write the same word and the child's name (in my case, both my kids get to practice the tricky words so I wrote both their names.) Each day we read through the index cards and when they get it right, they get a checkmark on MY side (leaving their view of the word clean and unobstructed for the visual practice).

Once they get five checkmarks they have proven their mastery of the word and I eliminate that word from their daily practice so the list is always self-updating and only shows the words they need.

Reading Cards Finished Inside

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This system has been really effective in helping my children master those sneaky sight words that don't follow phonetic rules, while keeping them from having to hassle with the words they already know from any given list. Whether you are teaching your kids at home, or just supplementing what they are doing in school, this system is quick, easy, effective, and fun because you and your child are working together.

Don't forget to personalize each child's notebook!

I recently personalized my kids' composition notebooks and had a bunch of tape left over for this simple back-to-school craft too. Here's how to make it!

You will need:

  • An index card flip binder
  • Scotch Expressions Tape (I used Washi Illustrated Alphabet and Magic tape in Blue)
  • Ten minutes

Cover the front with your decorative tape. I included a strip on the inside cover so that it would be visible as you flip through the index cards. Then add your decorative designer tape as you like. I used the blue with alphabet washi on top because I thought the alphabet would be a perfect visual reminder for this word study tool. 

How do you help your early readers practice their reading skills?

What do you think?

DIY Reading Flashcards for Meeting Your Child’s Individual Needs

Angela England is a renaissance woman who doesn't let five children stop her from many pursuits, interests and tasks. Angela is a freelance writer, professional blogger, speaker, labor doula, massage therapist and can usually be found with a coffee nearby. Angela recently published her first book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (more or less) and has since published her first Untrained Housewife Guide - Getting Prepared. ... More

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2 comments

  1. milrene says:

    I like it. Think it is a good idea going to try this out!

  2. Phammom says:

    Good idea for multiple children.

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