File Folders

File Folders

File Folders refer to a colourful array of pictures on pages that can be matched in a variety of ways. File Folders are a wonderful way for children to occupy themselves, teach them different themes and concepts as well as incorporate their interests into learning.

Materials You Will Need

This lesson will teach a basic version of File Folders, breaking it down by the number of fields to match. Hence, we will require:

  1. Six field file folder, matching identical 2D-2D pictures 

This skill will be broken down by the number of fields the child needs to match, beginning with 1 field, 2 fields and so on till 6 fields. 

Teaching Procedure

  1. Have the File Folder out, with the number of fields the child needs to match ready. This means if the child needs to match only 1 field, the other 5 fields are already completed for them.
  2. Say, “Do work!”. To encourage independence, let the child pick up the item to match themselves, rather than giving it to them.
  3. When the child matches correctly, praise them and repeat the trial 2-3 times, followed by reinforcement.

Progressing in File Folders

Once a child has learned the basics of file folders, the complexity can be increased in many ways, such as by:

  • Number of fields
  • Identical pictures
  • Non-identical pictures
  • Putting parts of pictures together

Generalisation of File Folders

  • Try reading storybooks to your child and having them match printed pictures of characters to the book
  • Or use file folders where attention needs to be generalised, like waiting for Mum or Dad to cook, or at the doctor’s office

Your Turn

  1. Try creating your own File Folders at home! Download a free File Folders starter kit to get started: 
  2. Teach File Folders, breaking it down by the number of fields to match.
  3. Once your child has mastered basic File Folder, think of three ways to generalise this skill of attention at home.

File Folders can be catered around a child’s interests, and one can eventually have a whole binder of them, which can form part of the child’s Independent Play time.