An article in the New York Times titled Simon Says Don’t Use Flash Cards begins:
Parents who want to stimulate their children’s brain development often focus on things like early reading, flashcards and language tapes. But a growing body of research suggests that playing certain kinds of childhood games may be the best way to increase a child’s ability to do well in school. Variations on games like Freeze Tag and Simon Says require relatively high levels of executive function, testing a child’s ability to pay attention, remember rules and exhibit self-control — qualities that also predict academic success.
But one of my oldest and favorite memories is of the flash cards my parents taught me the alphabet with. In my memory, they glow like magic. (And according to my parents, I started reading at three.)
Read the whole article here.