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Below are strategies posts related to Emergent Literacy.

Down came the rain and washed the spider out...

Adapting Itsy-Bitsy Spider Book for Students with CVI

Tips on adapting books for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment)
garland shaped into a tree with fuzzy pom poms on a piece of yellow paper

Christmas Tree Project

This Christmas tree activity uses tactile items to teach positional concepts to students who are blind or visually impaired
travel tin example

Travel Tins: Magnetic Fun To-Go

Parent-made materials that can be used to entertain emerging braille readers
Cover of Christmas Sequence book

Christmas Sequence Activity for Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities

This activity uses an experience book to help students with visual impairments and additional disabilities, including deafblindness, to develop early literacy skills.
josh's texture book cover

Texture Book

Creating a texture book for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities


This activity is to help young children develop tactile discrimination skills, matching, and fine motor coordination. Designed for pre-braille or preschool learners who are blind or visually impaired.
Bell book

Bells: A Tactile Book for Emerging Braille Readers

This tactile book about bells uses real objects and makes sounds. It's sure to be a favorite for the holidays!
Advent calendar with ornaments

Advent Calendar for Beginning Braille Reader

This Advent calendar for beginning braille readers can be used with children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind
"Build a Story" cover page with animated pencil on a piece of paper with a red background

Build a Story

This homemade "Build a Book" allows a student with visual impairments to flip through the book to find character, setting, event, and conclusion ideas for a story.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in manger on tactile page

Christmas Tactile Books

This collection of tactile books helps students who are visually impaired understand and visualize the first Christmas story.
Tactile Gift Tags

Holiday Gift Tags

These holiday gift cards provide braille and tactile stickers to make them accessible to children who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind.
Library shelves

The Library and Timeless Stories: Using APH Materials to Extend a Story

These activities use APH materials to extend a story for students who are blind or visually impaired.
pages of Bumpy Rolls Away

Integrated Literacy Activity: Share the Love of a Story

Ideas for sharing stories with young children who are blind or visually impaired using the On the Way to Literacy series
Minnie's drawing of her idea for a Game

Student-Created Braille Game

A young child who is visually impaired created this braille game for a Kindergarten student who is blind.
Full Lighthouse Items

Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch: A Cross-Curricular Approach to Reading Readiness for Braille

This cross-curricular approach includes literacy, numeracy, science and humanities including opportunities to develop social skills for children with visual impairment.
"What Shape Am I?" cover page

What Shape Am I?

Tactile book of shapes for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Interactive bulletin board

Interactive Bulletin Board - October

A Speech Pathologist (SLP) shares an interactive Halloween activity for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities

Cross Curricular Planning: Seaside

Theme-based cross-curricular lessons for children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities
Cover of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Story Box for "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything"

This storybox is a favorite at Halloween, using real objects and concrete tactile representations of items and events in the book.
Velvet apple

Apple Book

This tactile book can help beginning readers to explore different textures and shapes