Owl has been learning Latin for a while now using the excellent Minimus series, and Grandpa has also been giving him extra lessons which I think have been very thorough as we have long lists of vocabulary to learn. Owl has been making flashcards of some of the words (the picture shows just a few of them) and has been doing quite well at remembering them. It’s been good for me too – my Latin needs a little revision!
While Owl was making his cards, I gave Monkey the eeBoo French flashcards (which I posted about a couple of days ago) to look at. He was really inspired by them and asked if he could make some of his own. I cut up some card for him and then left him to it. He worked very hard on them and I love them! I think this will be an ongoing project.
I love these French flash cards by eeBoo because they are beautifully illustrated and look and feel like really good quality, as does the sturdy cardboard box in which they are stored. There are 56 cards – eight words in each of seven categories. They are: vehicles, colours, clothing, market, room, animals and nature. Both the English and the French sides of the card feature the name of the category, the word, a picture and a sentence containing the word. The set also includes suggested games and activities, and a pronunciation guide.
To some British people, it may be seen as a downside that eeBoo is an American company (based in New York) and therefore American English is used, with spellings such as “colors”, and a number of examples of different vocabulary usage. On the other hand you could take the view that this would lead to some interesting discussions with your children about regional variation in the English language! I find it fascinating anyway – some examples include: airplane/aeroplane; pants/trousers; sweater/jumper; truck/lorry. Interestingly on the card for “l’automne”, the word is translated as “fall” but the sentence “En automne les feuilles sont belles” is translated as “In autumn the leaves are beautiful.”
American usage aside, what I love about these cards is that, among so many educational resources for children, they stand out because they are both beautiful and useful.