Many parents start their child off with flashcards. But why? How many flashcards is enough? What are the types of flashcards available? What makes a set of flashcards good? How much time should you spend on flashing cards to your child each day?
Early Learning with Flashcards for Young Children
The right and left brain hemisphere functions in the opposite, complementing each other.
The left brain is conscious and logical, takes in information slowly and likes repetition. The right brain is subconscious and intuitive, takes in information quickly and requires no repetition.
There is a part of our right brain that actively functions when we are imagining or dreaming. This is known as the image brain. It creates mental images from information received from the body cells. Some people with a strong photographic memory are able to recall any information from books or pages they have seen; each page can be viewed on the screen of their mind as if it was a snapshot.
Research has proven that young children benefit from stimulation of the right brain by quick flashing of cards especially when the sessions are enjoyable, relaxed and brief. Materials can always be new and interesting with different pictures, words, facts or problems. Before the left brain becomes dominant at age six or seven, there is a window of opportunity where the right brain is dominant. Dr Makoto Shichida, world-renowned founder of over 350 Preschools Child Academies in Japan, said that presenting large amounts of information at fast pace to infants, toddlers and preschoolers stimulates the right brain and can activate photographic memory.
Technology Meets Beauty
Young children generally have a very short span of attention as they are too fast and smart to learn about everything: they are able to learn within 90 seconds and very eager towards information.
While traditional flashcards provide benefits to stimulate the right brain through flashing of static images, Animal 4D+ Flashcards deliver circus of 26 animals in a beautifully crafted Augmented Reality Program. Each animal is presented in sketch mode, placed in ascending alphabetical order.
After scanning the cards with Animal 4D+ app in smart devices, they will instantly transform into 4D animals – pronouncing the correct spelling of the animal’s name and the corresponding sounds by the animals. All animals are richly designed in polished detailed graphics. Categorized as an educational application, it provides scientific information on the right section of 2D or 3D on your device – explaining its Kingdom, Phylum, Subphylum, Class, etc.
Education is no longer boring
Augmented Reality enhances users into the next level of learning. Animal 4D+ has arrived to bring a brand new level of experiencing education application to everyone, especially children. Both children and adults can experience four dimensional worlds. Moreover, they may enhance their learning abilities through fun and interactive media. You can touch, listen, turn the screen, explore and observe the animals. Users of all ages can witness how the animals come alive in their hands.
Some useful tips in learning with Animal 4D+ Flashcards
1. Limit the number of cards shown each session
Like any toys, children below four years old have short span of attention, hence simply show them maximum 5 animal cards each day
2. Adult supervision is advised
Yes, it's harmless but as the use of smart devices is required to create the effect of 4D, adults supervision is advised.
3. Engaging and interacting with children
To make the lesson fun and fruitful, show them the animals, explain to them the fact about the animals and ask them what they think about each animal.
4. Entice their curiosity and interests
If your child seem very enthusiastic to play with all cards, it’s still best not to give them all at one go, limit the number of cards to be learnt in each session so they won't be easily bored and will ask for more by the next session.
(Some information for this article are taken from the book "Babies Are Geniuses" by Dr. Makoto Shichida, world-renowned founder of over 350 Preschool Child Academies in Japan)