A5 Discussion cards are used to introduce the students to the
picture that they associate with the words they must learn for each book.
Nineteen out of the first twenty words for Book 1 have a picture.
The teacher will make up a story around the picture, emphasising
the actual word it represents.
Students will learn that every time they see the picture of a
bee in a glass, this represents the word ‘it’.
The teacher may say the following when holding up the picture of the bee:
Can you see it?
it is stuck
it cannot get out
So when you see this picture is says the word ‘it’.
Every attempt must be made not to use bee or glass as this will add
You will note that the cards are colour coded blue for Book 1, red for
Book 2, yellow for Book 3 etc.
This is so they can easily be sorted back into their respective sets.
The A5 cards are accompanied by 2 x’s set of smaller coloured
picture cards, with the background removed, and 2 x’s sets of
The different word games are as extensive as your imagination
Matching A5 pictures to the smaller pictures.
Matching small pictures with small pictures.
Playing memory games using picture cards only.
Bingo type games using picture cards only.
Matching pictures to words.
Matching words to words.
Making up simple sentences using the word cards.
Students are very competitive and love playing card games.
This has been tested on older high school students who learned
quickly using this method, and had fun!
We under-estimate the value of these ‘hands on’ activities with
so many IPads, Apps, computer games which mostly remove the
personal interaction with others.