Flashcards for Kindergarten

I am a parent, a nerd and love gadgets. So of course I had to create flashcards on my iPhone for my daughter to learn reading.

My daughter is in Kindergarten right now and she’s learning to read. Her teacher sent us a list of 122 (Dolch) words that she will be learning to read by sight this year.

To help her, I printed flashcards. Then I thought that since she uses my iPhone to play, draw and learn, I should look for a flashcard app at the iTunes store. After trying several apps, I settled on Flashcard Deluxe (developer’s website).

I created a spreadsheet of the word list based on the Flashcard Deluxe format. The front of the flashcard shows the word and the back has the word along with a sound file pronouncing that word. That way, Michelle can use it independently.

For the word pronunciation, I downloaded the sound files from Wiktionary and converted them to MP3 using WinLAME.

You can access the final result here.

To download it to your iPhone/iPod using the Flashcards Deluxe app, start the app. Press the + button on the Decks screen. Then click on Private Deck and then Deck Code. Type the following in the text box:

http://www.zackvision.com/wp-content/uploads/kid/sight-words/sightwords.txt

Save it and then tap on Download Cards.

You can also download all the files together in a zip archive to your computer.

It’s been a success with Michelle who’s doing well ad enjoying the flashcards on the iPhone.