Learning and remembering can be difficult for visual learners because they think in pictures and don't easily process what they hear orally. We can make learning so much easier for these students by using visual cues. When we use visual cues, we give them new information in a form that matches the way they think. The outcome is rapid learning. Here are eight examples of how to effectively use this strategy.
1. Use visual cues as reminders
A visual cue might be something as simple as a little picture drawn on a sticky note to remind your child to clean his room.
SnapWords® are high-frequency words that have both visual cues and body motions which make words easy to learn.
2. Use a visual and tactile cue to help your child with directionality
If your child reverses letters or writes backwards, have them “make an L” with their left hand where they'll begin to write or assemble letters to make a word. Their hand will become a visual, tactile anchor reminding them where to begin.
Alphabet Tales teaches letters and their sounds using visuals and stories. There are also hints for preventing backwards letters included and hands-on activities that will deepen learning.
3. Use a visual cue to remind a child of the sound and shape of a letter
The letter M looks like two mountains, and the initial sound of mountains is the sound for M.
(This is a hand drawn version of our Alphabet M image.)
Alphabet Teaching Cards supply similar visuals for each letter in the alphabet. These illustrations mirror those found in Alphabet Tales.
4. Use a visual cue to remind a child of a word and its meaning
This SnapWords® image shows a child installing a stake for a tent. The visual shows the word, what it means and differentiates the steak that you eat from the stake you pound in the ground. For visual learners who need to see the whole word, the context, and the meaning of the word, our SnapWords® are very effective.
306 SnapWords Teaching Cards contains 342 of the most commonly-used words in children's books.