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Works for Me Wednesday: Spiral Bound Index Cards

September 26, 2007


Our family does a lot of oral learning.  At school, they memorize spelling words and math facts, history facts and vocabulary.  At home, our children are learning A Catechism for Boys & Girls.  We also tried to memorize some Scripture this summer.  They are all learning Scripture in AWANAs as well, and I want them to remember the verses after they have learned them.

As I sought a way to keep things the children and I were memorizing convenient so we could practice our memory work in spare moments (the doctor’s office, waiting on an oil change, etc.), I came across 3×5 index cards that are spiral bound.  The photo below is courtesy of Pendaflex, but there are many options out there.

Spiral Bound Index Cards

We simply write what we want to learn or keep fresh in our minds in one of these spiral bound sets of cards and then I carry them in my purse or tote bag without having to lug books around everywhere. 

You can also find index cards that have a 1 ring clip which goes in the corner through holes punched in the cards, but I have found that for us the spiral bound type usually work better.  Some have three rings where additional cards can be added, and those have worked for us as well.  You can even find these with divider tabs for different sections.  Best of all, they are relatively inexpensive.

In addition to memory work, we have used them to write and study word families when my middle child was struggling to learn to read.  If you are studying a language, you could put the words in one of these index card “notebooks” and study them at your leisure.  Really, the possibilities are endless. 

And that is what works for me this Wednesday!  To share your tips, please join us over at Rocks in My Dryer.

Of course, now I have to figure out how to organize all these little “notebooks” of index cards around the house, but it takes a while to reach perfection, people!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2007 10:23 am

    What a great tip!

  2. September 27, 2007 5:28 pm

    I like this idea too. We kinda do the same thing but we use regular index cards and slip the cards into a mini binder folder from the 100 Yen store. It works really great and you can keep multiples around too–one in the car, one upstairs etc.

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