The recent controversy over the effectiveness of baby videos lead me to write a posting about my views on these videos. One of my main arguments against them was that young children learn best by interaction with others, not by passively sitting in front of the television.
These flashcards by TJ Whitneys' Toys are a wonderful example of an educational activity that parent and child can play together. These cards combine vintage images from the 1950s as a visual reminder of each letter, with a complete sentence using the key word for that letter. The reverse side shows the bold capital letter on a neutral background.
These cards can be used for more than regular flash card letter identification. Turn the cards over to the letter-only side to create words, or to put the alphabet in order. Or read the cards together, since the sentences are appropriate for early learners.
The cards are made from recycled inner "grayboard" and new outer paper and come in a nicely decorated gift box. The cards are 6 3/4 x 5 1/4" . They are available in toy stores, gift stores, and in many online stores. They are also available from our website www.challengeandfun.com.