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Suitable for UK Key Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 - USA 1st to 12th Grade (Age 5 - adult)

Recommended Minimum System: PC, Windows 95 or better e.g. XP, Vista, Windows 7, (Mac users click here), 16MB Ram, Pentium 166.

Make and play flash cards with our education program, no need to print them out. 58 lists with over 4,000 words included with the download. Show words from lists as flash cards. Text to speech is now built in so you can now hear the words too. A very simple program to help with learning lists of words. The idea was sent to me by Mary Godwin. Basically you choose a list of words and they will be shown randomly on screen in the form of flash cards. Apparently there is a set of 220 words which if learned by sight, are thought to be the key to progressing further with reading. This is called the Dolch list and I have included all 220 in 10 separate lists to help get you started. You can then create and save your own word lists in the program.

My thanks to the Gemini School for the Dolch lists which they describe as follows:

"From 50 to 75 percent of all words used in school books, library books, newspapers, and magazines are in the Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary of 220 words. They are "service words" (pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and verbs) which cannot be learned through the use of pictures. Because they are used to hold thoughts together, these words must be recognized at a glance before a child can read with confidence."

Program includes an uninstall facility. Compressed file size - 594 KB.

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How To Use

On the first screen click on either the I Know How To Play or First Time Here button. Clicking I Know How To Play takes you straight to the next screen while First Time Here pops up a brief set of instructions to get you started.

On the main screen you will see a Load A Word List button at the bottom. Clicking this will open a small window showing the Word Lists. Highlight one by clicking it and then choose the Open button. The selected word list will then be loaded, Play - Random and Play - In Order buttons will appear at the bottom and the name of the list will appear in a box at the top. Clicking the Play - Random button will then show all the words at random, one by one, whilst clicking the Play - In Order button will show the words in the order they appear in the list. You can alter the speed they are shown by clicking on the slider bar on the left. Moving it up will make them appear faster and down will make them appear more slowly. You can also change the colour of the cards by clicking on any colour bar in the right hand grey column. You can Pause the cards being shown at any time by clicking the Pause button below the cards. This will be replaced by a Continue button which you need to click when you are ready to carry on. To re-start the list at any time click the Start Again button just under the cards. You are also able to use keys on your keyboard for some actions. These are P for Pause, C for Continue and the UP and DOWN arrow keys for the speed slider bar.

At the top of the colour bar column you will see a box which shows the number of words in the current list. This decreases by one for each word shown. To choose a new word list to try without restarting the program, click on Load a word list from the top menu under Program, to produce the Open window described above. To change the font and size of the words displayed on the cards, select Options in the top menu and choose Change Font - Flash Cards. This will open a font selector window where you can choose any font held on your computer. You can also change the size and colour of the font here. Obviously smaller sized fonts will allow for longer words to be shown. My Flashcards will also show a wide variety of different languages including the accents etc., so this could also be useful for language vocabulary lists. You can also show short phrases which are best displayed with a smaller font size chosen.

Font type, size, colour together with the card colour and time slider values are all saved automatically for future sessions.

Hear The Words

I have included in this version of Flashcards, the ability to hear the words displayed with the built in Text to Speech facility. You can turn this facility off and on in the menu under options.

In this mode you can use the Hide button just below Words on the right hand colour bar. If you click this button the words will become invisible and the button will be replaced by one called Show. Click the Show button to make the words visible again. If you have a good text reading program then this may help to hear the words in a list but not see them, write them down and then compare them with your word list at the end.

Edit/Create A Word List

Clicking this in the top menu will show a screen with a text box in the middle where you can type in your own list, pressing Return/Enter after each word. If you loaded a list on the previous screen then this will be shown in the box. You can clear the box in the middle by clicking the Clear button on the right. It is important to remember to press Return/Enter after the last word as otherwise it may not show up in your list when saved. The button to the left of the input text box is a Quick Help button which will display a basic set of instructions, when clicked.

In the text input box you can use the Copy and Paste commands together with Undo, Cut, Delete and Select All. These commands can be accessed in the top menu under Edit or by right clicking in the text box. To copy a list from elsewhere, click and drag your mouse pointer over a list of words in any text, word or html (web page) file (they must be arranged in a column) and then while they are highlighted, right mouse click to produce a pop up menu. Choose Copy and this will copy the highlighted words to your computer's clip board (memory). Then in the text box in this program choose Paste from the top menu under Edit or the right click menu and the words copied will appear in the box. Other commands in Edit menu include Undo, which undoes the last thing you did, Cut which is like copy except it removes the selected text, Delete which erases any selected text and Select All which highlights all the text shown ready for copying or deleting.

In the earlier version of this program, lists of words were limited to a maximum of 30 but after being approached by a number of people interested in using the program for student studies, I have increased the size to around 1000 words per list. For younger students I do recommend that lists are kept much shorter, to about 20 or 30, as the attention span, particularly in youngsters with ADD for whom my programs are designed for, will not be kept so well with larger lists. Word lists of over 1000 will show an error message as although you can reach about 1250, some words may be lost.

If you want to enter short phrases, then keep typing and the words will wrap in the text input box. At the end of your phrase, press the return button and you should see even with several lines, that the number in the words box just shows 1. Type another over a few lines and pressing Return at the end should show 2 and so on. To display these phrases will probably require a small font size to be chosen in Change Font - Flash Cards.

A list can be saved by choosing Save a word list in the top menu under Program. This will produce a pop up window with a box where you can type in a name for your word list. When typing a name for your file there is no need to worry about adding any file extensions like .wds, .txt etc., just a name you can remember is all that's needed. Clicking the Save button will save it for future sessions and will also set it as the current list to try. If a list is not saved then you will not be able to try it in the program. I have built in several reminders to try and prevent lists from being lost without saving them.

On this screen you can also choose to open a previously saved list to edit by choosing Load a word list from the top menu under Program. Choose the list to open from the pop up window which appears and this will be loaded into the text box in the middle. Make any alterations and then choose Save a word list from the top menu, to save it as the current name or as a new list.

Import text list

The Import text list option has been added as the lists are no longer saved as basic text files. This has enabled me to increase the list size. Old lists can be imported with this function through the familiar browser load window. Once imported they can be saved as the new wds list file type. Almost any format of text can be imported here such as txt, rtf, etc.

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