Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Creating a Calendar with Students with Multiple Disabilities

hand and foot prints

This calendar was created with students with significant multiple disabilities and visual impairments as a holiday present for the families of the students. It includes some creative ideas that can be used throughout the year. Cards or projects can be created for a single holiday (such as Valentine's Day) or a series can be made into a calendar for the whole year.  I found many of these ideas on Pinterest.

Materials: 

  • paint
  • Q-tips
  • balloons
  • photos (for photo art pinwheels)
  • dish brush
  • apples
  • paper
  • binding

Procedure: 

Depending on their abilities, students can participate actively in each step of this process. I have worked with students who write out the numbers of the dates, as practice for sequencing numerals. Students can also write out the month or match the written month to the corresponding page of the calendar. Braille can also be added.  These ideas can also be used to design cards for various occasions throughout the year, such as Valentine's Day and other holidays.

 

january q-tip drawing of snowmanjanuary painting and calendar

february calendar with food and hand prints in pinkfebruary calendar

 

March calendar pageMarch calendar page

 

april calendar image with handprints and bunniesapril calendar

may calendar picture with hands and fingerprints made into flower

june calendar with a caterpillar

july calendar fire works from a dish brush

August calendar image with finger print and photo art

september calendar picture with apple stamps

October calendar picture made with knuckle prints

November calendar image made into a turkey with a dish brush

december calendar picture of mistletoe made with footprints

 

calendar collage


 

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