Children can learn just about any language content, use, or form using photographs of themselves. It increases their interest and motivation and they learn from being active participants in the process of making the pictures. Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Wh-questions. Take pictures of classmates, teachers and staff, family, friends. Ask who questions. Take pictures of the child doing things, then when looking back over the pictures, ask what are you doing? and you can also ask where questions.
- Sequencing. Great activity for the playground, art, music and other special events. Take 3 to 4 pictures and let the child sequence and talk about them. A good example is using the slide. Take a picture of the child going up, sitting on the top, then going down, and one standing or sitting on the ground below the slide.
- Prepositions. Get the children under, on top of, behind, between different objects (furniture or outside playground equipment to take photographs. You’ll be amazed at how quickly they learn prepositions.
- Verb tensing. Capture photographs of the child in various activities, then work on past tense when looking at the pictures together.