Questions about teaching with flashcards

Flashcards can assist with teaching in a variety of ways. Words are abstract and therefore more difficult for the brain to retain. In comparison, visuals are concrete and more easily remembered. Using visuals can increase the rate at which your student learns and also improve their ability to comprehend, remember and retrieve information.

Absolutely! You don’t need to be a qualified teacher to use these flashcards. Many parents and grandparents have provided us with positive feedback about using these cards. And the step by step guide included in the set suggests a range of activities which are suitable for very early through to more advanced learners.

Yes, these cards are suitable for individual and small group teaching sessions. They also work well for virtual (online) teaching sessions.

The entire range can be bought by purchasing the Language Flashcard Library and Nouns Set.

The label (which is often called the teaching concept) is written on the reverse side of each card. For example, if the teaching concept is ‘wet’, then the word ‘wet’ appears on the reverse side of the card. Beneath the word ‘wet’ is the word ‘dry’ (in brackets and italics) which explains that the opposite of ‘wet’ is ‘dry’.

Each set comes with a step by step activities guide, suitable for early through to more advanced learners. There are touching, acting, matching and saying activities. Also, there are suggestions for how to extend the teaching into everyday life.

Here are a few examples:

Receptive language (understanding language that is spoken):

  • Increasing vocabulary – the number of words that a student knows
  • Following directions (such as drawing, painting and pasting)
  • Answering questions (such as touching an item on request or pointing to an answer)

Expressive language (speaking):

  • Increasing vocabulary  – the number of words that a student says
  • Improving syntax – the rules of word order to form sentences (such as “The sleeping child” rather than “The child sleeping”)
  • Correct use of past, present and future tenses (such as slept, sleeping and sleep)

Questions about who the flashcards are suitable for

Yes, these cards are ideal for students with autism. The simplicity and clarity of the images can be used for a range of learning goals, including building a student’s vocabulary, grasping more complex language concepts (such as prepositions and past tense verbs) and understanding and labelling emotions.

Yes, you can use these cards with both verbal and non-verbal students.

  • A non-verbal student could sort the cards by type. For example, the Categories Set could be used to sort by animals, appliances and transport. The Emotions Set could be used to sort by happy, sad and bored.
  • A non-verbal student could also be taught to identify (by touch) the correct card among a field of 4 to 6 cards. For example, the teacher might ask a student to “Touch the rabbit” or “car” using the Nouns Set.

Yes, these flashcards are ideal for teaching ESL. Each image has been carefully chosen to ensure the intended concept is clear and therefore easy for a student to understand. We have received lots of positive feedback from many ESL teachers who have successfully used our range of cards with their students.

Yes, these cards are suitable for children and adults alike. They are ideal for adults learning English as a Second Language and also for those with an Acquired Brain Injury, which often occurs after a traumatic event such as a stroke.

Yes, they provide a playful means of enhancing a young child’s vocabulary. And, they can introduce young children to new concepts, such as matching (eg a bowl with a spoon) and categorising (eg transport, food and clothing).

Presenting these types of activities to a child in a light-hearted way can support their development.

Questions about shipping

Yes, we offer free shipping in the US, Australia and UK. For all other countries, the priced is determined by the rate Fedex applies for international shipping from California, USA.

For orders in the US – we ship from the US, for orders in Australia – we ship from Australia and for orders in the UK – we ship from the UK. For all other countries, we ship from California, USA.

It’s 1-2 business days.

Approximately 2-6 business days. However, there may be delays associated with COVID-19 that is beyond our control. Further information can be found on the website of the Shipment Carrier responsible for shipping your order. Deliveries do not occur on weekends or public holidays. If Picture My Picture is experiencing a very high volume of orders and delays are expected, we will notify you by email and provide you with a revised timeline for delivery.

You will be emailed the tracking information within 1 business day of your order being shipped.

Picture My Picture is not responsible for any products damaged or lost during shipping. If you received your order damaged please contact the shipment carrier. Please save all packaging material and damaged goods before filing a claim.

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