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Description: Similar to the classic “I Spy” game, the “I See” boards help young children talk about their environments with the help of visual prompts. Print and laminate the board, then teach the child to “read” the pictures. Once mastered, the child will be able to create a full sentence about what he or she sees through the car window (I See Board Original), at the grocery store (I See At the Store), or in the classroom (I See In the Classroom).
This board (In the Classroom) includes pictures of typical early childhood/preschool classroom items: book, puzzle, friends, sensory, computer, calendar, arts & crafts, and teacher, as well as colors and numbers. Don't let the pictures limit your use of the board, though. For example, when talking about the sensory center, use specific vocabulary for your classroom, such as "sand" or "water".
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., “car”, “truck”) and who are beginning to use colors and numbers. Children with autism or other developmental delays or disabilities will benefit from the simplicity of the pictures and choices. Speech therapists may use the boards in therapy to help the child to become familiar with the items, words, and concepts.
Use: First, teach the child to “read” the pictures on the board. Prompt the child to search for items on the board, such as, “Do you see the school bus? Where is your school bus?” Encourage the child to create a full sentence, such as, “I see bus.” 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. Practice in the car, at the store, or in the classroom, and ask questions to encourage the child to search for answers on the board.
Created by Kate Shepard, M.S., CCC-SLP
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