60 matching LATIN and ENGLISH vocabulary cards, with DAYS, MONTHS, SEASONS AND DATES - my young learners of Latin love to work with the cards, and find them really useful for practicing and consolidating their Latin vocab - older beginner learners like them too! I've found that it's always a good idea to let students work independently, in pairs or in small groups, and at regular intervals across the school year - revisiting vocab is essential for language learners.
The cards are really versatile, and I use them in lots of different ways - I've described a range of games that are successful and popular with my learners. I like to have a wide selection of learning resource folders, and let students choose their own activity during regular 'free-choice' time - I do this every five or six lessons, giving them about 20 minutes or so to work on the content they choose for themselves. As a whole group, we look for cognates, and at the beginning, try to work out meaning from the 'look' of the word. I always include gender - we don't necessarily go into the concept of gender in any great detail - I use this stage, and these kinds of learning materials, as a stimulus for introductory discussion.
I'm a real fan of reference mats, both for when we're focusing on particular language and vocab, and also as a 'forever' reference, that students can stick into their vocab book, or file in their learning folders. I've included a color and black and white version.
I always laminate my language vocab cards - it's definitely time-consuming (there are 60 cards to laminate and cut out!) but they are far better to work with, and last for absolutely years!