Flash Cards for Vocabulary Expansion

Looking for more flashcards? Check out our Free Flashcards Resource Page.

One of the other activities I was asked to do with Gavin as part of our Heguru Home Practice during Gavin’s recent Heguru assessment was to expand his vocabulary with word flash cards.

Gavin is at a point now where he knows enough to read simple books by himself without help. He has started reading The Magic School Bus books on his own, although there are words in there that he struggles with. Being able to read helps him feed his curiosity and to learn more about subjects of his interest. This has got to be one of the biggest benefits of early literacy – he is not reliant on other people (like his teachers or us) to teach him new things because he can also read it himself.

So here is what Gavin’s sensei recommended for the vocabulary expansion activity:

  1. Create a deck of flash cards with new words you want to teach your child.
  2. Run through the flash cards.
  3. Scatter the flash cards and ask your child to identify the flash card that shows the specific word you mention. E.g. scamper, scatter, scoot – “which one is ‘scamper’?”

To help me with this activity, I decided to get Gavin a Thesaurus (it is amazing how many words I fail to recall when I don’t use them regularly). While I was looking for reviews on a good children’s thesaurus, I stumbled across Thesaurus.com. Who needs a thesaurus when you can get all your words online for free? Of course, having a hardcopy reference is always good for encouraging your child to look up words on his own.

While on Thesaurus.com, I stumbled across a free flash card resource for expanding your child’s vocabulary. You can make your own deck or use the free flash card decks created by other members. You can search for flash cards by grade level or by subjects. The decks show the word and a brief definition of what it means. It’s a great way to expand your child’s vocabulary but not so good if you want to use the flash cards for Right Brain Speed Play because there is too much clutter on the screen.

To overcome that problem, I decided to creat my own deck of synonyms for Gavin. Here is the first deck which you can download:

In future, all synonym flash cards will be uploaded to the reading flash cards resource page on Figur8 so do check back regularly for updates or sign up for our free newsletter for notifications.

Looking for more flashcards? Check out our Free Flashcards Resource Page.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

5 thoughts on “Flash Cards for Vocabulary Expansion

  1. I strongly recommend this interesting poetic book called ” A Light In the Attic” by Shel Silverstein. I quote one of the shortest for reference:

    The baby bat
    Screamed out in fright
    “Turn on the dark”,
    I’m afraid of the light.

    It offers kids’ with creative thinking and also to amuse themselves.


  2. Hi Shenli, I stumbled your post posted 21 June 2010, talking about books on moral values. Have you managed to get the whole set of value tales of 43 series stories by Ann Donegan Johnson ?


    1. Unfortunately not. I see sets being sold on eBay but none willing to ship to Malaysia. It’s out of print and the new one only has five of the stories so I am still hoping to get the older series. Looks like it might be necessary to hunt down the titles individually. They’re such great books though.


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