No Series: Visual Cues

Visual Cues

Lesson Objective: Present information visually
Pre-K / All Subjects / Communication


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. Why are visual cues helpful for young children?
  2. How can visual cues be used to support language development?
  3. What kind of information does Ms. Hawkins present visually?


  • Private message to Ghyda Hassan

visual cues very helpful and useful strategies help those kids to understand and develop their language skills.

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  • Private message to Jeremy Dixon
Visual cues in the classroom great. That way students know what is coming up next. This will help ease anxiety students may have.
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  • Private message to Valerie Armstrong

Visual cues are helpful in the classroom as seen in the video, where students know the sequence or order in which things are being done or process.  It can support langauge development by helping students verbalize feeling according to the visual cues.  Ms. Hawkings presents visually allowing students to use happy/angry face pictures during storytime to tell what the characters are feeling in the story.  

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  • Private message to Marisa Warchol
Visual prompts are great for young children because they can see and understand what is going on and prompt them to remember things.
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  • Private message to Leticia Ronquillo
Gracias por compartir
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  • Private message to Christian M-C
AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing.
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  • Visual Cues Transcript

    Interviewee: When we come in, I'll do a little story and then we'll have lunch and then what?


    Visual Cues Transcript

    Interviewee: When we come in, I'll do a little story and then we'll have lunch and then what?

    Female Voice 1: Beds.

    Interviewee: Beds, and then what? Another circle?

    I'm gonna put this by the door.

    We have a lot of visual cues in the classroom. We use sign language.

    Buenos dias. Como estas? Muy bien y gracias. Muy bien y gracias. Y usted?

    We have a daily schedule of pictures that shows first there's lunch, then we go take a nap and kids kind of have a cue to look at, “Oh.”

    Male Voice 1: We're doin' this right now. Afterwards, we're gonna do that.

    Interviewee: They don't have to just remember or understand it through speaking. I use visuals a lot with stories.

    He's excited. Hold up your excited one. He's really excited. He's gonna get that goldfish.

    Female Voice 2: Yeah.

    Male Voice 2: Me, too.

    Interviewee: Do you think that's a good idea? What do you think mommy feels like?

    Male Voice 3: Angry.

    Interviewee: She's got her hands on her hips. Show me angry. Okay. Let's see what happens. David's mom always—

    If a kid isn't an English speaker or they're not verbal, I find visual cues in the classroom really useful.

    Luis like happy.

    [End of Audio]


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