Seat your child on your lap or next to you. If you are using the computer, make sure the screen is adjusted to the right angle and distance for your child to view it properly.
How to present the flash cards:
- The flash cards in each presentation should all be on the same category or subject.
- Pictures/words/numbers should be large, clear, and precise.
- Presentations should be brief.
- Flash cards should be shown quickly, about one card per second.
- To ensure continuing interest, aim to stop before the child's interest starts to dwindle.
Make it simple, make it fun - some BrillKids tips on how to make each Little Reader session a success:
- Prepare your presentations ahead of time. Find out what categories you want to show, and prepare them for playback or print them out.
- Practice teaching your child by running through the playback by yourself, and pronounce each word out loud as you would during the actual presentation.
- Prepare your learning environment by clearing away all potential distractions – TV, radio, or phone.
- Make sure that learning area has sufficient lighting.
- Announce each learning session by telling your child which category or word list you will be showing. Do this in a fun way to excite your child. Ask him if he would like to see the flash cards.
- Give the presentation when your child is in a receptive mood.
- Don't try to force your child to learn! Never attempt to give a presentation when your child is tired, sick, or disinterested.
- Keep in mind that each session should be filled with as much love and fun as possible!
- Be lively in your presentations!
- Give your child a healthy break in between presentations, and take this time to bond further with your child by showering your little one with assurances and affection.
- Make sure the flash cards (physical or virtual) are at least 24 inches (60 centimeters) away from your child and at her eye level.
- Keep track of your child's learning – make new presentations on a regular basis and retire any categories he shows diminished interest in.
We advise parents and teachers to encourage their baby or young child to participate by saying the words and doing physical actions that help in learning the meanings of the words – touching the body part, waving a hand, clapping, dancing or singing. This interactive and multisensory approach greatly adds to the fun of learning!