Using Your Dragonfly Video Flashcards

People have different reasons for buying Dragonfly Video Flashcards.  Some are trying to soak in Spanish vocabulary before their trip to Costa Rica.  Some want to brush up on their rusty German vocabulary for business ventures.  Some parents want to expose their babies to a foreign language spoken in a native tongue.  Homeschooling parents might use Video Flashcards as a supplement to the French lessons their children are attending.  Regardless, all viewers should repeat watching the lessons.  Repetition is critical for remembering the vocabulary.

Young children especially love repetition.  In September 1996, a new kid’s show premiered called “Blues Clues.”  The show was wildly successful.   One mother called Nickelodeon to tell them that her 3-year-old loved the show, but there must be some mistake because the same episode had shown all week long.  They assured her that it was no mistake.  When children repeat watching the same episode, they feel reassurance and build stronger memories.  Nickelodeon was employing a common tool in early childhood learning.  When you think about it, this should come as no surprise.  Anyone who has young children has experienced their child choosing that same book every night for weeks on end or watching the same video until the parents feel they are going to lose their minds.

The creators of “Blues Clues” also knew that children loved having an active role in their TV viewing.  The main character of the show, Steve, regularly asked for help from his viewers and patiently waited for their responses.   The show was colorful and visually exciting.

Similarly, Dragonfly pairs visually captivating images with native voices to create memorable flashcards.  The learning is active:  At the end of each lesson, the viewer has a turn to shout out the words and then see if their answers are right.   Most importantly, Dragonfly encourages users to repeat, repeat, repeat!

Parents of toddlers might choose lessons that most appeal to their children and play them often.  Adults, however, can move through many lessons in one sitting and then repeat them until they feel they have mastered those words.  Parents exposing their infants to foreign language sounds can play all the lessons straight through.

Many homeschooling families want a structured schedule.   It is easy to incorporate Dragonfly’s eight-minute lessons into a busy homeschooling week.  Most homeschooling curricula operate on a 36-week year.  Dragonfly DVDs have 32 lessons on each disc, leaving four weeks for review.  Here is our suggestion for how best to schedule Dragonfly Video Flashcards into your five-day homeschooling week:

  • Week 1 – Watch Lesson 1 daily.
  • Week 2 – Watch Lesson 2 daily, and repeat Lesson 1 on three of those days.
  • Week 3 – Watch Lesson 3 daily, repeat Lesson 2 three of those days, and Lesson 1 the other two days.
  • Week 4 – Watch Lesson 4 daily, repeat Lesson 3 three of those days, and Lesson 2 the other two days.
  • Weeks 5 through 8 – Continue this pattern with the new lesson daily, the previous lesson on three days, and the lesson before that for two days.
  • Week 9 – Review week. Review lessons 1 through 8.

Go through this cycle four times to cover all 32 lessons, and this will span a 36 week homeschool year.  Remember that these short lessons don’t have to be formalized periods in your homeschooling day.  They can easily be done in the car on the way to activities, or during a break between other subjects.  This isn’t like learning from a textbook, it’s fun and easy right-brain learning!

How do you use your Dragonfly Video Flashcards?  Send us your comments, we would love to hear from you!