Before there were words, people communicated with pictures, drawings, and symbols. This can be a great place to begin the reading process or build upon it. Learning to read using pictures is a creative process that encourages the imagination, and cuts down on limitations. Pictures and symbols can represent a lot of interesting ideas and thoughts.
Allow creativity to flow.
Make up a story from a picture or picture book – Pictures, picture book, drawings, and books with a lot great illustrations are wonderful for inspiring stories. Once a story begins to develop, record it in some way: Have someone write while you speak, record it using an audio or video device, use a voice-to-text program. Draw it. Story dice can be used to inspiring stories as well.
Note: If a mistake is made while recording the story, have the story teller keep on going. The editing stage can take care of mistakes. Allow creativity to flow unhindered.
Use Pictographs (drawn pictures) to write notes back and forth to other people. Start with symbols such as I love you, I love Ice cream, Go 4 A Drive, Go 2 the Park. Picture dice can be fun to use to have a conversation with as well. After a while, exchange the symbols for words, one at a time. Native Americans and ancient cultures used pictographs and glyphs to record their history, tell stories, and communicate.
Rebus Puzzles – Rebus puzzles use pictures and words to solve hidden meanings. After you do some of the ones that are available online, you can make some of your own to give to someone else. http://www.fun-with-words.com/rebus_puzzles.html
Rebus Story – Rebus stories use pictures and/or word art as a substitute for a regular word. Instead of writing: The castle was surround by a wall. You can substitute the word castle for a picture of a castle, and the word wall for a wall. Small graphics can be used, dingbats, stamps, sticker, or pictures can be drawn.
Create your own comic – Draw a comic, it can be made from stick figures if you like, and write in thought or word bubbles to express an idea.