Every time she gets the note exactly right in the specified time limit, she gets a penny. Oh boy, has she picked up the pace - and no more dilly-dallying in between every card. It used to take us close to 30 minutes some days just to get through 20 cards. ...Now? Maybe 5 minutes? Maybe.
When we get through the stack, she has somewhere close to 20 cents.
I have her group the pennies into piles of five and I ask her how many nickels she could get, then I ask about dimes and quarters. Before we started counting the money like this she was really struggling - she would even forget the value of a penny. Little by little I can see progress and I'm so happy she is learning two things at the same time. And she is thrilled she is getting so "rich"! It's amazing the motivation a tiny amount of money can create.
I can honestly say she no longer dreads those darn flashcards, she has been looking forward to them every day for the past 2 months. What ways have you found to motivate your child (and secretly have them learn something as well)?