This set includes I See & Read boards inspired by:
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
2. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
3. Little Cloud by Eric Carle
The I See & Read collection includes I See boards that encourage interactive reading sessions with children. Similar to the classic “I Spy” game, the “I See & Read” boards help young children answer questions and talk about story books with the help of visual prompts. Print and laminate the board, then present the board to the child during story time. As you read the story, ask the child to locate story items on the board. Other uses include WH-questions, inferencing, story retell, color and number identification, and exposure to literacy. These are a great addition to group therapy and story time, allowing each child to participate with a hands-on visual aid.
Inspiration: A mother once asked me how to help her late-talking son to communicate with her in the car, because she couldn’t see where he was pointing when he saw an interesting object or vehicle through the window. The original I See Board solved the problem by giving him a picture prompt, along with colors and number choices. For example, he was able to use the board to tell his mother, “I see… bus!” and she responded with simple questions, such as, “What color is the bus?” The board solved the communication problem by providing visual prompts, fostering independence in the child’s acquisition of expressive language.
Targeted Group: The boards are appropriate for typically-developing toddlers and late talkers who are beginning to say the words on the boards (e.g., “apple”) and who are beginning to understand colors and numbers. Children with autism or other developmental delays or disabilities will benefit from the simplicity of the pictures and choices. Speech-language pathologists and special education teachers can use the boards in therapy or classes to help children engage with the items, words, and concepts.
Use: As you read the pages of the original story book, prompt the child to search for items on the board, such as “Find the apple on your board!” or “Show me what he ate next.” Encourage the child to point to, name aloud, or speak a full sentence about the items and pictures. Ask the child about colors and numbers, and model for the child how to point to the items on the board and say the words. You can incorporate handwriting skills by giving the child a dry-erase marker to use to circle or cross off items as they appear in the story.
*** For extra support, print and laminate two copies of the board. Cut out the individual symbols from one board. Place Velcro onto the symbols of the other board and onto the back of the cut out symbols. Now the child can remove the symbols to communicate by pulling off and showing the appropriate symbol to the adult.
Directions: You will need a color printer with ink, copy paper or cardstock (more sturdy), and a laminator.
• Print the board in color.
• Laminate the board.
• If you have more than one board in the series, clip them together with a metal ring.
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Kate Shepard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Shadow Me Speech Therapy