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Adding Some Flash to Flashcard Review

Adding Some FLASH to Flashcard Review-5 simple games/activities for reviewing with flashcards in homeschooling-The Unlikely Homeschool

I can just hear it now!

FLASHCARDS?? What's so fun about drilling with flashcards? It seems so monotonous...institutionalized. Isn't that what we are trying to avoid by homeschooling our children?

YEP! I wholeheartedly agree. I have no desire to tediously drill a stack of flashcards while my child rattles off answers like a monotone robot. But, that doesn't mean that flashcards and repetitive drill have NO PLACE in my homeschool. On the contrary, I use flashcards all the time. In fact, I have an entire basket and a huge dresser drawer overflowing with them!

My excessive flashcard collection has become my primary resource for adding some JAZZ to our math and phonics review. They are the perfect addition to a fun review game or activity.

I'll admit, it can sometimes be difficult to provide a review GAME as a homeschooler when you only have a classroom roster of ONE. Over the next five days, I will be sharing a few of my favorite activities for Adding Some FLASH to Flashcard Review.

Day One: Secret Code
Day Two: I Spy
Day Three: Right in a Row
Day Four: Beat the Clock
Day Five: Double Review with a Game Board

Need more game ideas? Be sure to check out these others.

Flashcard Trail
Double Review Bingo
Silent Math
Egg Carton Scramble
Repurposed Math Review
5 Days of "Unschooling": Math

*I've joined with 22 other bloggers from iHomeschool Network for a winter Hopscotch full of homeschooling ideas. Head on over and check out all 110 posts.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks! I think so many homeschoolers shy away from using flashcards because it seems too much like traditional school. But it doesn't have to be that way.

  2. I agree, we don't have to shy away from them. We used flashcards for math facts especially, and they've done wonders to give my son a rock-solid mastery of both addition/subtraction and multiplication/division. I didn't know any of these fun ideas, but I did have him start wayyyyy across at one corner of the living room, while I sat at the table in the kitchen (just far enough that he could still see the cards). For every correct answer within the time allotment, he moved toward me a step. If he was not within the time allotment, he had to stay in place. If he got it wrong, he had to go BACK a step. Flashcard drill was over when he reached me.

    1. I will be sharing a similar idea with some variations in an upcoming post of this series.

  3. I have no desire to tediously drill a stack of flashcards while my child rattles off answers like a monotone robot. juegosmon

    1. I suppose you didn't read the posts then, because that's not what this series is even about.

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