Last year, I designed sets of flash cards for several friends whose children were entering Classical Conversations’ Challenge B program. A big part of several of the courses in Challenge emphasize the importance of kids making flash cards as a study aid. While the program recommends that students hand write the cards themselves, sometimes there are good reasons to opt for pre-made ones and this is what my friends did. The cards turned out beautifully and I designed them so that there were many options for customizing them. Each mom ended up getting a different design for each set and their students loved them. Here’s what one of the mock trial vocabulary cards looked like:
Fast-forward a year and now I will be directing Challenge B myself this fall (!) as well as guiding my oldest son through Challenge A. I recently asked one of the moms that I made the cards for if they worked well for them or if there were changes that I could make to them to make them better. I could potentially be using the pre-made ones myself this year, after all, and I wanted to know what worked and what didn’t work. Surpringly, she answered that although the cards had worked just fine for her daughter, she herself will be tutoring Latin II this year and she had decided to hand write her own flash cards rather than use the pre-made ones. She said that doing so really had reinforced the material for her which is exactly why CC recommends that the kids do them that way.
So, in the spirit of sharing, I have put together a set of 10 different designs that you can download and use to make your own handwritten sets of cards. When each sheet is printed on card stock, you’ll be able to cut them into 10 business card-sized flash cards. As you can see here, I’ve already started a set for myself for Henle Latin I:
My plan is to make handwritten flash cards as I go through the book to reinforce the vocabulary, then use Quizlet to test myself. I think the combination of old school + digital will be a good one for me!
The cover page shows a preview of each design that’s included in the set (two have multiple designs):