The Impact of Round Flashcards

 

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Study Reveals How to Make Better Flashcards for Learning

In a  study of by the Montessori Primary Classroom of laminated teaching materials, square vs. rounded flashcards were tested for their engagement among children.

Results showed that children were more likely to handle and interact with the rounded cards. The study came as a result of children pricking their fingers on square edge flashcards and thus tending not to use them.

On average, each classroom saw the rounded cards used 1.54 times more per day or 7.7 times more per week. Between 80% and 100% of responding teachers rated the rounded corner cards excellent in the measured areas.

The children in the study commented on the edge of the square cards as being “pokey” while no comments were made on the rounded corner cards.

In addition the study revealed that cards laminated thinner than 1.5 mil became difficult for children to pick up, leading to a greater thickness recommendation for flash cards overall.

“Teachers may improve student interest in and repeated use of card  materials if they use a laminate thicker than 1.5 mil and round the corners. Rounding the corners will not detract from the appeal or usability of the cards, will overcome the resistance some children stated to squared  corners, and will remove the tactile distraction of “pokey” corners,” Julia Volkman, Montessori Primary Classroom Researcher

Get free flash card templates here: Free Flash card templates

See the videos for using laminated teaching materials in class: Video Demo

Recommended 5 Mil classroom laminator: The Saturn

Top Laminated Teaching Tools

Top Five Teaching Tools Teachers Can Make with a Laminator
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Laminators allow teachers to save money on teaching tools by making them last so they can be re-used again and again. Here are top five easy to make tools for every teacher.

Some great project ideas: Flash Cards Flash cards are a great way for kids to learn everything from a new language to math skills. Make flash card use a fun game with prizes in the classroom.  Laminated flash cards can last all year long.

Touchable Learning Tools Learning is more fun when kids can interact. Fun laminated shapes help pre-school and kindergarten classes connect object shape and name by touch.   Learning becomes more accessible when fun charts can be touched (even with messy fingers) laminating  keeps learning tools waterproof and easy to clean. Maps Learning geography can be fun when laminated maps can be passed around the classroom. You can even color in states as a fun activity. When the maps need to be used by a different class, the marker can be wiped clean.  Laminated maps are dry erase!

Reusable Worksheets Worksheets can be easily torn and damaged with spills, costing teachers additional funds in reprinting. Laminated worksheets engage kids in subjects from multiplication to grammar without worry of reproducing documents. Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center:  Fellowes Laminator Idea Center Need help selecting the right laminator? Click Here. Check out some great laminator options: The Venus See How to Achieve Perfect Lamination