I'm not the most disciplined or enthusiastic mum when it comes to teaching my kids. I don't have a study routine, I don't revise with them on a daily basis, I don't follow a timetable and I don't print out any worksheet. For good or bad, I believe that there is so much more to learn outdoor and from everyday experience rather than from books and worksheets. Yes, I hear you, wait until they enter primary school and I will know.
However, since I insisted on Angel going to childcare for half day only for the past two years and as a result she did not attend any Chinese lesson, I decided it was probably time for me to buck up on teaching her this important language which will benefit her for life.
So, I started making flashcards for her, not based on what teachers are teaching in school but based on what I think she should and can learn at this age. What I did was simply to print the words onto thick white paper, cut them out and viola - flashcards!
The thing is, they don't last! So last year, I finally laid my hands on a very affordable pouch laminating machine (cost me around S$40 with 100 pouches) from Popular and it has come in handy on many occasions ever since. I mainly use it to laminate the kids' drawings and also the flashcards. Yes, this year we are starting on 成语!
Although the laminated flashcards are much firmer and more lasting, I ran into another problem. I like to stick the flashcards onto the wall or the door so that they are always in sight. The thing is, I need to keep putting and taking out Blu-Tac every time I changed a set of cards. Plus, because I don't put enough Blu-Tac on all sides, they start to look crooked or drop off and we have to readjust them from time to time. What a hassle, right?
So, last week, a spur of inspiration hit me and I thought, why not make a simple DIY Flashcard Holder? And this is how I did it.
1) Vanguard sheets
2) Transparent plastic wrap for books
3) Double sided tape
4) Washi tape
5) Long ruler
8) Measuring tape
9) 3M hanging strips
10) Sample flashcards
Then I measured, drew lines (use a pencil lightly so you can rub it later) and cut out the plastic sheets accordingly. I also used a pencil and ruler to make small dots on the vanguard sheet so that I know where to place the plastic sheets.
ta-dah! Here's our finished DIY Flashcard holder!
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