The “Flash Cards Approach” is one of the latest Approaches to Homeschooling Children. ‎It is based on the idea that you can teach to a child
from birth anything you want. The ‎method is to make presentation of large flash cards with the desired material to be taught. ‎Showing same said
flash cards in randomized order in very short sessions, several times ‎during the day. This approach does not only guaranty the possibility to
teach the children ‎the subjects but also has the main objective is growth of the child’s brain. (Some of these ‎approaches also offer to teach the
child supernatural powers, but we will not waste time ‎speaking of this.)‎


This is not an official homeschool approach. The same manner that the authors, ‎institutions and the theories about brain developmental that
promotes this approach are ‎not recognized in the Scientific Community. Since the Scientific Community also has a ‎change of position often ,
and because the popularity that this method has won in the last ‎years, I considered it interesting to write my experience and conclusion about
this ‎approach.‎

The reading method that includes the flash card approach consist’s in to show the ‎children hundreds of cards with single words in large print
Then, combine these cards to ‎form  sentences and a homemade book. If you show the cards four or five days, that is ‎enough to prove that the
child has learned to read that word. And if you combine these ‎words, after a couple of thousand words cards, the baby, will be able to
discover the laws ‎behind the language and be able to read any new words present in that language. “For ten ‎thousand word cards you can
make your child multilingual, sounds good!”‎

Some of you will say: Of course! Some other will say: Not even in Dreams! But please ‎we can save the argument to the end of this discussion.‎

‎ It is important to mention that, this reading method success is based in three fundamental ‎rules:‎

‎-‎        Believe in that after showing a card not more that 15 seconds, the child can read ‎that word.‎
‎-‎        Never test the child, this means never ask the child to read aloud. Never!‎
‎-‎        If the child answers wrong to an opportunity to discover if he can read, it is ‎because the baby in his infinite capacity deliberately choose
the wrong answer, ‎the children does not like to be tested, so they choose the answer wrong.‎

That is why I call this Approach, “My son’s teddy bear can read”, because if we apply ‎these three conditions, every person, animal and thing
can read.‎

I did thousand of cards, and I must admit my son was able to read in some moment ‎homemade books and several singles words, but as I was
feeding him with more words, ‎he seemed forget the first ones. I was a “believer” of the methods, so I continued an ‎entire year.‎

Then, finally I decided to share my experience in the internet communities that follow the ‎same approaches, and what a surprise: less of three
(3) mothers of the hundreds I had met ‎has admitted that their children has learn to read (this mean deduce new words and be ‎able to read
anything) following exclusively this approach. The rest uses some kind of ‎mix between the flash cards, phonics, and other educative methods.
Also there is a small ‎groups of “believers”, parents that are very proud that their four and five years old can ‎read a new book after see thousand
of cards words (if they already know the words in the ‎books). But we must also admit that any five or six year old is perfectly capable to learn
to read ‎in a few months months using a good phonics program, and read aloud! I think you will ‎agree that we will feel a job well done when our
child can read The Genesis, Pilgrims ‎Progress or Don Quixote.‎

The reading flash card program does not come alone; there is a complete math and ‎encyclopedic program to help the children in the process to
become a superb human ‎being.‎

The encyclopedic programs ask the parents to isolate the facts to fill the child’s brain. ‎The baby’s brain is considered an empty sack that must
be filled of single facts as the ‎first resource of intelligence. This means that if you have a picture of a Fruit Basket you ‎need to cut each fruit and
show it to the child separately. Because if you teach the child a ‎whole basket’s picture the child will not learn well what the fruit are.‎

Well, I did it, and this website is the result of all this work. One time, while  I was ‎reading a Encyclopedia of Art to try to describe in ten simple
sentences “The Arnolfini ‎Marriage” , I asked to my self:  Will it be more easy and productive if Octavio , my three ‎year old son,  read by his
self all this information?  I must admit that he has learned many ‎isolated facts. I almost cried when in a Museum he recognized a Picture of Van
Gogh, but ‎is this knowledge? This will take him to the level of Wisdom? That is the kind of ‎education I want for my son? No, I do not want
training him to compete in Jeopardy, or ‎to become the “Human Calculator”. I want that he be able to learn by himself and ‎develop a critical
point of view to protect him from philosophies and ideas foreign to our ‎family principles.‎

Then, I reflected on this issue, and analyzed why this technique does not work? All the ‎ideas and techniques of the flash cards approach sound
very nice, so, why doesn’t it ‎work?‎

I think I understand, it is in the foundation of the objectives, and in the way of this ‎approach sees the child develop.‎

In The foundations of the objectives, because this approach pursues to create a superb ‎human being, but did not recognize in their philosophies
as main base the obedience and ‎respect to God. ‎

Prov 2:6‎
For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.‎

And in the way of it sees the children because the humanistic evolution theory it is false ‎so, there is not way to be recreated it in each child
during his first year of life. The ‎Human Babies are born Human with a Human brain, and not with a “fish brain”, “reptile ‎brain”, etc. The only
idea to think in a baby as this way is disgusting.‎

Here it is important for me to mention that there are children with Brain Injuries who’s ‎parents are following programs based in flash cards and
their philosophies, They are ‎following these programs with devotion, with love, with patience and they deserve our ‎great respect and
admiration. They are following these programs because it gives hope ‎where others do not give answers, and the hope is a good feeling.‎

To these parents, who this website it is specially dedicated to, I want to tell them that ‎there is a Gold Rule, better that any programs, and it
never fail:‎

Matthew 7:7-12‎
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened ‎unto you: 8 For every one that
asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him ‎that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of
you, whom if his son ask ‎bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ‎ye
then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more ‎shall your Father which is in
heaven give good things to them that ask him? ‎

But, Are the card and bits good? ‎

Of course they are good, I like it very much and my son loves his bits, I save it very ‎careful and I am happy when somebody share some new
presentations to enrich this ‎collection.‎

But it is important to say some conclusions (interview to my self):‎

Q: Was it worthy to make all this bits and cards? ‎

A: Of course Yes, I had met in this process hundreds of wonderful mothers and fathers. ‎Who, in the distance I considered my close friends.
They all have in common the desire ‎to teach their children and obedience to God.  He has left only to us as parents the ‎responsibility to educate
the children in the His way.‎

Q: Has the programs some negative effect?‎

A: Until now the only possible risk  for the child is the Induced ‎Dyslexic, there is an report at the end of this document.‎
What I do considered dangerous is that some mothers, we can fall in some kind of ‎‎“program cult”. We leave to the side other activities that also
is important, little to little ‎without we notice, run the programs become our style of life, you see material to bits ‎until in the Soup, and our
conversation and friends etc, moving around that. I know about ‎a case where the mother because can not run the programs as she wishes, fell
in ‎depression, and felt guilty. Another was so interested in preparing material than prefer ‎send the child to sleep than to play with him.‎

Q: Recommend you to following these Programs?‎

It depends, If you will use the material from the internet or if somebody give the cards to ‎you, there is a nice way to teach the child some
interesting facts. If you are thinking to ‎prepare the material your self, this will take you so much time, that you will not enjoy ‎teaching your child.
You will find many posts on the internet forums about how these ‎programs brought many unnecessary stresses to families.‎

Read to the child from fine literature; let him explore the nature, teaching him obedience ‎at first command will develop better qualities in the
child. ‎


                   Perla Sarmiento de Adams
                perla@theclassicalmommy.com


        
        
- Einstein Never Used Flash Cards by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff,  Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, ‎and Diane Eyer ‎
        - Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think And What We Can Do About It by Jane ‎M. Healy ‎






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