Symbols vs. Meaningful Pictures
symbols such as (q, M, v) do not mean anything by themselves. Even though
they are associated to a sound, they are still meaningless because they
could not be defined in a tangible way. The lack of meaning makes them difficult
to understand and remember.
other hand, pictures (i.e.: of a cat, a tree, a lake) are meaningful because
we can define them in a tangible way. We could talk about their composition,
their parts, and share stories about them. These are much easier to understand
Attaching Meaning to Abstract Symbols
is defined as the shape or form of an object. When we use familiar pictures
that closely resemble the shape of a letter, we attach meaning to the letter.
For example: ‘s’ resembles a s
‘m’ resembles a m
and ‘q’ resembles a q
practice, children will see the symbolic letter as an outline of a meaningful
picture (s, m, q). By naming this picture, they retrieve the associated sound
and achieve the most difficult step to decoding texts, “sound-symbol association”.