It’s quickly approaching the end of the school year, and I try to take my time and let my children learn at their own pace as it is one of the many benefits of home school. Around this time though we are reviewing all of the concepts taught so far this year in order to see where anyone may be struggling. For some topics I will just make a note to spend extra time here when we start the next grade, depends really on what the material is. My son who just turned 5 last week is in K4 this year and is having a tough time learning his lower case letters. Last year when my daughter was in K4 she only really struggled with 4 of the lower case letters that all look terribly similar (p,q,b,d), so this was not something I had to deal with.
At this point in the year though we are starting to read words, and I prefer that he read them in all lower case, but he is having some trouble with that. I am thrilled how well he know his letter sounds, and I am sure that he can learn the lower case letters before it is time to start K5 if we just spend about 5 minutes a day working on lower case letter activities.
We are daily matching lower case letters to their matching uppercase counter parts, but my son really loves flash cards so I typed these up for him last night and wanted to share.
I am definitely going to laminate mine, and we may add some washi tape to the edges to give them a little extra color, plus I love washi tape and have lots of it around, so why not.
I don’t always have time, but when I do I love making my kids flash cards and work sheets. I love adding their favorite graphics like dinosaurs or princesses. Often, by adding these personal touches I am able to tell them “remember what we learned on our dinosaur worksheet?”. That is wonderful, but sometimes I would like them to have something super simple that just has the information and no clues or hints.
With that in mind I set out to make these flash cards. Worked out great for me because I was able to make these flash cards in less than 2 hours last night. When I am adding multiple graphics sometimes I will have to work on things over the course of days or weeks.
I used 2 different fonts so that these cards would reflect the manuscript characters I am teaching them in home school. Next year in K5 I do take time to teach the alternative ways to write manuscript letter a and g and other letters that can commonly be seen in different fonts. We also practice with different books, because you can never tell how each letter will be written from book to book. Hopefully by the time we are learning the different ways manuscript letters can be written we will already have learned these basic lower case letters.
This pdf file is set up to be printed directly onto index cards. I prefer to do index card sizes because they are the easiest to laminate with the pre-sized laminate sheets. To laminate these cards I will be using these >> Thermal Laminating Pouches, 3.7 Inches x 5.2 Inches, 20 Pouches from Amazon.com.
Make sure that when you are printing these that you select your paper size “3×5 Index cards” and that you select whether or not you want to use black ink only or print in color.
Hope you find these cards very useful. Please leave any comments, questions or request in the comments.