The School Setting:
The Home Setting:
The Aims of the Picture Choice Board
Making a Picture Choice Board:
Here is one way of making a picture choice board. Say your child’s favourite objects to use at home are:
You can find pictures of all of these easily by searching on Google Images. Here are the pictures I found:
The picture needs to look the same as the actual object in order for the child to make the connection between the picture and the object. Alternatively, if you have a digital camera or phone with a camera, you can take a photo of the exact object. You may also be able to find symbols that your child can understand and generalise to different types of one object (e.g puzzle for multiple types of puzzle).
One good free symbol website is Do2Learn and there are many others (I will write a post on this at a later date!). Schools are lucky to have funding for symbol computer programmes to make numerous good quality symbols, but they can be expensive.
Once you have found appropriate pictures, they can be printed on one page for the child to point at or they can be cut into individual pictures. I would recommend buying a laminator and laminating sheets to make durable individual pictures. Laminators start from around £10 for the cheapest and go up in price for better quality. Believe me, I would not be able to run my classroom without a laminator!
If you do not have access to a computer then it may be worth trying a drawing of the object, it may make just as much sense to a child as a photo depending on the child’s ability. Here is 2 examples of drawings I have done!
You do not need to be an incredible artist, a line drawing may be good enough!
Below is 1 way I have created individual picture cards on the computer programme such as Microsoft Word (you can use any editing programme):
I have created these pictures into individual picture cards ready to be cut and laminated. I positioned the pictures, wrote the corresponding text below (for the child to pair the text with the picture to develop their reading skills) and then I put a box around them to separate individual pictures. I used Microsoft Word however, you can use any computer programme that allows you to insert pictures and text.
Once you have made some picture cards, you may want to laminate them and use velcro to attach them to a board (perhaps a laminated piece of A4 paper as a board). Velcro is another essential for teacher’s!