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All Aboard! Experience Book About Trains

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My son Liam is 7 years old.  He is deafblind and an early braille reader.   We had family in town visiting and they took us on a train ride on the “1880’s Train“.  Prior to the train ride Liam has ridden a small train at a local petting farm (little carts pulled behind a tractor) but never experienced a “real” train or been able to touch one before.  

Procedure

There are many ways to plan and create an experience book.   For this book, I planned a type of an experience book that would be informational (about trains) and would be about things he would be able to touch and explore at the 1880’s train.  

Vocabulary that was included in the book:  

  • train
  • cars
  • tracks
  • conductor
  • windows
Cover of train book
Cover of Train Book
Page of train book
People can ride on trains. Liam likes to ride on trains.
Page 2 of train book
Trains have windows. Trains go fast!
Page of train book
Conductor is a person who keeps people safe on the train.
Key words of train book
Key words: person, train, ride, people, trains, fast, have, tracks
Page of train book with key words
Key words with text: Trains go on tracks. Trains have big boxes called cars.

Experience:  

  • Before we boarded the train Liam was able to explore many old train cars.  He was able to climb and walk around inside of them.  
Climbing out of train car
Liam climbs out of a train car.
Mother and son sitting on train
Liam and his mother sitting on a train.
  • I also made sure Liam had the opportunity to feel train tracks and feel the wheels of the train on the track.
Feeling the train tracks
Feeling the train tracks
Mother signing to boy
Signing to Liam about the train tracks
  • Liam was able to give his train ticket to the conductor and give the conductor a “high-five”.
  • Liam was able to sit next to the open window.
  • Liam enjoyed the swaying and all of the bumps that were part of the train ride.
Reading 1880 sign
Feeling the 1880 sign
Steering train
Steering the train
  • He got to eat fun snacks on the train.
  • He enjoyed being able to share the experience with his family.  We all sat together.  
Sitting with family on train
Sitting with family on train

During the experience:

During the ride Liam was able to read and explore his new book.  He had already “experienced”, hands-on, everything that was written in his book!   We also brought his “toy trains” along as well (great to compare with the real train!).  

The 1880’s Train was such a fun, motivating and exciting experience for Liam (and us all!)  He did not quit smiling the entire trip!  

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