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Below are recently created blog posts.



picture of activities in book kit
By Diane Brauner
Ruby in Her Own Time is a Circle Time Braille kit focusing on counting skills and duck Fun Facts.  This kit is based on the book Ruby in Her Own Time written by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Rebecca Harry (Scholastic rates the...



Mother and son using tactile sign to read together
By Liamsmom
Reading books is my son Liam’s favorite thing to do.  I have to say, I sure love reading with him and I love watching him enjoy books.  I need to share a quick back story on Liam for those of you who don’t know.  Liam was born...



Young child plays the tambourine
By Lizbeth Barclay
From the moment a child is born, the journey of learning to integrate sensory information begins; vision combines with touch to help the infant make sense of what is perceived through the auditory sense.  Vision and hearing are the two senses...



Switch for "hi"
By Jbrown
Circle times in early childhood classrooms (preschool and early elementary) frequently follow the same format.  Students have an opportunity to say hello, participate in attendance, review the calendar, sing a couple of songs, and read a story. There...



student using willson
By Rinesj
Mary McCarthy and Roz Rowley are co-authors of this post.   This is the first of three posts on the Wilson Reading System® and Struggling Braille Readers. See also Implementing the Wilson Reading System with Braille Students ...



Children's drawings of faces
By Debra Goodsir
By Debra Goodsir Vision Support Teacher, New South Wales, Australia   The development of vocabulary and an understanding of the patterns of language are essential parts in the development of literacy. "10 Minutes With" is a...



By paula.conroy
    These strategies for improving instruction of students who are English Language Learners (ELL) is a follow-up to Typical Language Development and Second Language Acquisition  . It is important to familiarize oneself...



Collage of Early Learning Apps
By Linda Mamer
Many apps (applications) are available to promote early learning for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.  This is a partial list (part one of two) to help you get...



alphabet chart
By Megan Mogan
Looking back on my own early reading and writing experiences, I have a very clear memory of my first-grade classroom’s beautiful alphabet chart hanging over the windows of our classroom. I even remember the long wooden pointer the teacher used to...



Student reaches for materials
By fayegonzalez
Those of you who know me understand how passionate I am about children with Multiple AND Visual Disabilities.  Here are my personal “Top 10 Tips” to guide in helping these special children grow and develop new skills for independence....



Top 10 collage
By Charlotte Cushman
The end of the year is always a time to look back on highlights of the year and this year we thought it would be fun to share our "Top Ten" list too!   Our top posts for 2014 cover a range of tips and ideas for promoting literacy skills among...



A mother who is blind reads a book with her sighted child
By Courtney Tabor-Abbott
I have not written a blog post in a very long time, almost a year, in fact.  My husband has asked me over and over again, “When are you going to write in your blog?”  “Will you please blog again?”  “Why haven...



christmas tree book collage
By Liamsmom
We have made it a tradition that my son Liam (who is deafblind) and his little brother Finn, each get to decorate their own small Christmas tree.  Every year, I introduce new items they get to add to their tree. We decorate our tree in this order:...



teacher showing student interactive whiteboard
By Sharon@TSBVI
Is there an easy way for students with low vision to efficiently view an interactive whiteboard? Yes and no. Think of the classroom teacher using the interactive whiteboard, and all the students are engaged watching the lesson....



Girl matches shape on iPad
By Linda Mamer
This post presents discussion points for the use of the iPad with students who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.  Also included are iPad cases and adaptive equipment, and...



Woman with young child
By Charlotte Cushman
One of the first and most important things to remember when introducing books and literacy experiences to a young child with a visual impairment is that the child is a child first.  While there are certain tips and techniques that will make reading...



Two students examine oranges
By Jane Erin
From the time children with visual impairments are infants, they grow accustomed to being directed by others: “Pick up the ball!”, “Come over here”, “Give Grandma a hug!” Even as they grow older, their boundaries are...



theme books collage
By Liz Eagan
I created these books for my low vision students in life skills and classrooms of students with multiple impairments. These were my way of trying to help add to their functional vocabulary. I created a "Teacher's Guide" to go with it to help the...



By Charlotte Cushman
Paths to Literacy is an active community of practice, which means that teachers, families, and others are invited to share their voices, ideas, and questions!  Many of you receive this weekly blog delivered via email, but you may not have taken the time...



Adapted literacy collage
By Megan Mogan
By Megan Mogan   Buried deep in the Paths to Literacy archives is a little post called Adapted Adapted Literacy.  It describes how my TVI colleague Sheryl Katzen and I worked together to adapt parts of our school’s conventional...



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