“What is a …?”
“Tell me what a … is.”
“Tell me what … are.”
Mind Maps will help your child to
- Talk about and describe an object
- Give ‘news’
- Expand his/her vocabulary
- Find the right word
- Increase his/her descriptive language
- Answer questions
- Ask questions
Example of an activity:
Using the specific prompts radiating out from the centre object, you can help your child define a word. You may ask your child to place a counter on each prompt as he describes the object or he may prefer to trace along the line which leads to the prompt.
“Tell me about a sheep.”
If your child does not respond, you should point to each picture prompt asking the relevant questions:
- Where do you find it?
- What does it do? What can you do with it?
- What shape is it?
- What colour is it?
- What group (semantic class) does it belong in?
- What noise does it make?
- What parts does it have? (Labeling the parts of objects greatly increases a child’s vocabulary. For example – fleece, hooves of a sheep)
- How does it feel (when touched)?
- When your child becomes competent with the object specific prompts you should introduce the generic mind map which is provided at the end of the program.
Three Sets of Mind Maps are available:
Word Definitions Mind Map – Set 1
Word Definitions Mind Map – Set 2
Word Definitions Mind Map – Set 3
These sets are not arranged in order of difficulty. Each set consists of entirely different objects. Some children may need to work through all three sets before they achieve a competency in this task. Working through all three sets will greatly help to expand your child’s vocabulary.