I was given this flyer of ‘home practice materials’ that the school was selling and decided to give a few products a go. The Language genius set was one of those that I bought ($50.50). The cards work out to about 25 cents per piece.
This is a box of plain word flashcards, without any images. The words are sorted into sets (someone predetermined which word are ‘more important’ than others and the cards are sorted according to their ‘importance’- I know of this list called the Dolch word list
, a list of most frequently used words but I can’t get myself down to comparing it with this set because it will simply take me too much time)
Here are some of the issues I had with these cards-
- One of the suggested uses was to form a sentence (sometimes with a picture). However, to do so I had to look through the entire box for the word that I wanted (sometimes after searching the entire box I couldn’t find the word I wanted). So an index of all the words, with the set to find them in, would be really useful!
- You would be required to have picture flashcards in A5 size in order to flash the composite word-picture sentence. At that point in time I only had my home-made flashcards (I had not received my flashcard set from China yet) that were smaller than A5 size so there was no way I could do that..
This set is has a similar concept to Glenn Doman’s ‘Teach your Baby to Read’ set. However, the notable difference is that the words in this set are mainly verbs and adjectives with hardly any nouns while in Glenn Doman they usually start with nouns first, before going on to the rest. (see this site
with a recommended word bank if you want to follow Glenn Doman’s method)
If you are interested in reading about Glenn Doman’s method of teaching your baby to read, you can go here
. Once again, these are fantastic mummy blogs, where you can read up more about Glenn Doman, his methods, and their successes.
Please do note, however, that this method of flashing words is in keeping with the ‘whole word approach’, which has been criticized by educators (as opposed to phonics). For a very brief overview on this approach, its pros and cons, you may like to read this wikipedia article
Apparently until today, the debate still continues. Well in my opinion, just do both!
Anyway, I have digressed far away from the Flashcard review. Overall, this is a fair set to buy. However, for those on a budget, you may want to consider printing your own word cards, which is definitely cheaper than buying this set for fifty dollars.