Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Circle Time Book for Students with Low Vision

circle time ABC's
A student of mine in a self-contained elementary class was being asked during circle time to view badly copied images that had been laminated. Not only did my student NOT want to view the book, she wanted nothing to do with the entire activity. As a result, negative behaviors were occurring.
I recreated many of the pages that were in the book that each of the students were to use during the activity. I printed mine on card stock so there would be no need for lamination. It is too early to say it is or isn't working as she's only had it a few days. Reports are that she is accessing the book and is no longer attempting to leave the area. Time will tell if this is successful or not for her.

abc's laminated page

It is important to be able to see the materials that the students use in the classrooms so we can better assist the teachers. It's a delicate balance we walk. While I praised the teacher on having a 'wonderful book' for her students to follow along with, I also asked politely if I could borrow the book to make a few minor adjustments so the student we share might be able to view the information on the pages a bit more easily.
days of the weekmonths of the year
numbers 1 through 20abc's
circle time book collage



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Low vision - times table

Posted by Richard RL

For numeracy there is a compact form of the 10x10 times table that could be a suitable addition as for your hi-vis calendars, or just for general use.

The table is a square grid 10x10 with a heading along the top (0 to 10) and a margin on the left (0 to 10) so that the top left square is the zero in both cases, or could be just "x" to show multiplication.

Each interior square is then the answer for the multiplication of the row and column. So the intersection of 2 along and 3 down is '6'.Similarly 3 along and 2 down is also '6'.

The learner can see that the whole grid is symmetric about the diagonal. To help this insight, the diagonal is highlighted (or framed) to show it is different.

Further insights are available, eg the numbers crossing the diagonal are one less: (x-1)(x+1)=x*x - 1.

The same structure can be used for addition, with the sum in each interior square and changing "x" for "+" in the top left square.

It's also very important to keep to 10x10 because it illustrates, like an abacus, that decimal numbers are simply the digits 0 to 9 with position values. This is the mental foundation for introducing binary and hexadecimal later in life.

Spreadsheet Samples of Add and Multiply Tables

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Richard has been kind enough to share with us spreadsheet samples of addition and multiplication tables formatted for students with low vision.

Sums Table


Sums Table






Times Table


Times Table