Visuals. They are a very important tool for working in the developmental classroom.
Sometimes verbal instructions are not the best mode of teaching. Not everyone is auditory. Your words may not be heard well or understood or even may be clearly heard, but too many words may just be too difficult to process all at one time for some. Sometimes less truly is more. Some learn better by visual. Eyes can see the visual word picture with the simple word command associated with it and better process it. That’s why beginning readers are picture books. To a three year old the written word generally means nothing. A picture truly can be worth a thousand words.
God made every part of us. He made our ears and our eyes and our brains. Each of us has our own distinct way of learning. Even Helen Keller who could neither see nor hear. Some of us excel at hearing, others at seeing. Our learning styles vary. So should the teaching styles to accommodate that.
I am very fortunate to work in a classroom with two very gifted ladies at what they do. One specializes in special education. She uses a variety of mediums to reach her children. One specializes in speech. She uses various means as well with alot of visuals to encourage speech in her children. Together they combine both their expertise and their resources to reach each child on an individual basis no matter how outside of the box they have to go to accomplish it.
They both value each child as the unique child God made them to be, just the way they are. They value progress in their learning no matter how big or how small it may be. Sometimes that progress may not be apparent to the naked eye. It may not be visual.
But it’s there. They can find it. They have the ears to hear it and the eyes to see it. But most of all, they have the hearts to feel it.
I encourage each of us to stop focusing so much on the visual appearance of what we see in life. There is so much more to life than what meets the eye. Visuals truly are important. But God made our hearts as well. Don’t ever forget to soften and follow yours.
Ears that hear and eyes that see– the LORD has made them both.
Love and laughter,