WHAT’S FREE, FAST, AND TEACHES VOCABULARY LIKE THE BOMB?

WHAT’S FREE, FAST, AND TEACHES VOCABULARY LIKE THE BOMB?

If you’ve been reading my blogs or my book “Whole Child Reading,” you know I’m talking about Fast Flash.

What I don’t get is why EVERYONE isn’t using it. It’s free and it works, for heaven’s sake.

It’s also been around for 50+ years in the neurological field of right hemisphere learning. Speaking of the brain, this is a total no-brainer.

If you’re just now learning about this technique and want to use it to help your child, this article is for you. If you know about but haven’t used it yet, this article is what you need to put your foot on the gas!

WHY DOES IT WORK SO WELL?

Your child’s brain on Fast Flash

It’s all about the brain and how our children’s brains prefer to learn. Information that is given visually large, fast, and repeatedly  does what we want: it gets the information into the brain efficiently and, given enough repetition, permanently.

Each time a bit of information passes over those neural myelin sheaths, the sheath thickens and we’re on the way to permanence. Think: learning to ride a bike. Will you ever forget how?

So how fast can information travel that neural highway? Up to 200 mph. We’re talking speed.

This method has been around for more than a half century and never found its way into school systems in the US until recently. I’ve been pushing it for the last–oh, say, 30 years. It works simply because it’s designed for right hemisphere learning, for the way our children’s brains can most easily absorb and retain information.

HOW DO I DO IT?

How?

This is so simple. If you’ll use the search box to the right of this article and type in “Fast Flash,” you’ll pull up a dozen articles on “how to.” Meanwhile, here’s a capsule summary:

  1. make LARGE flash cards; write the word cue on the reverse side of the card for your eyes only
  2. no pictures on the cards; only the word
  3. group the cards in fives (a manageable number for working memory)
  4. call out and flash a group of cards 3 times in succession; the child is silent. No articulation; we want the eyes and the brain on task, nothing else. Work articulation at another time.
  5. move the cards at a speed of 2 cards per second (practice will get you there)
  6. do this before and after teaching whatever book/material those words are in.

That’s it.

Piece of cake.

You’ve got this!

While you’ll need to take time to make the large flash cards (see this video for size reference), the actual teaching time will be less than one minute. Honest.

A child who cannot sit still for even 2 minutes typically has eyes glued to these flash cards. I have heard this feedback over and over from both parents and educators.

Probably my favorite feedback on Fast Flash was from a special educator. After attending one of my workshops, she decided to implement Fast Flash and told her colleagues about her plans. “Yeah, like that’s going to work!” they said. Six weeks later, when her entire special ed class had learned 15 new words, her colleagues had a very different response. “Wow! That really works!”

go for it!

Type “Fast Flash” into the search box top right on this page and learn all you can about how to do this; as I said, it’s the bomb.

 

 

 

 

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