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Child won’t sit for the flashcards? Here’s what you can do.

Our children are bursting with so much energy that it’s difficult to keep them in one place for more than a few minutes. How, then, do we ensure they pay attention to their flashcards on all days?

Answer- We don’t!

We let our children be themselves and not force them to sit still for a session.

RBE is most successful when applied in a fun environment. If you or your child is stressed out during the session, it won’t have the same effect.

So, here are a few things that will go a long way in making your flashcard sessions less stressful and more joyful. :)

  1. Stick to a distraction free environment- It’s better to fix a place(even furniture) where you do your sessions everyday. Ensure it has minimal distraction like toys, keyboard, music and other sounds.

  2. Break your session into 2 or more parts- In the beginning, you may want to break down your session into 2 or more parts so that it only lasts a few minutes/seconds. The key is to stop before the child wants you to stop.

  3. Pick a time when they’re stable- Child sitting on a highchair? Or having their meal? Bring out those cards! Look for the perfect time when they’re relatively stable for a few minutes or so.

  4. Give them something to fiddle with- Keep their hands occupied! It is one of the most useful pieces of advice I received when I started flashing cards.

  5. Flash them on a TV if your child is distracted by the laptop keyboard or touch screen.

  6. Lastly, it’s okay if your child is a little distracted during the sessions! Some children need to move around a bit to better absorb the information. Try encouraging them to use actions with the cards and let them move around while the cards are playing. Children have a much better peripheral sense and hence can absorb information with all their senses. They don’t need to focus like us adults. :)

Which of these pointers are you going to try for your next session? Let me know in the comments section below!

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