Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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child on the beach with 1 show on, and 1 shoe off
By Amy Flores
Some children rely on others to help with activities of daily living, due to motor limitations.  Nonetheless, we can help build understanding and anticipation which will allow the child to mentally prepare for having their personal space entered to...



Student clipboard with photo images, beside a written lesson plan
By Liz Eagan
A common requirement in education is the lesson plan. Frequently I hear colleagues across the nation comment that they don’t do them. This confuses and concerns me. I’ve been teaching nearly 30 years and I still do lesson plans. They have morphed...



Let's Do a Cane Review
By Jill Kaminski
I have been having a bit of a hard time with O&M younger student activities during distance instruction time. So I made a few little PowerPoint books that I was able to send to my kids and their families. I bought the clip art and a few were from...



Helen Keller reading a braille book as a young woman
By Charlotte Cushman
Established  in 1984, Deafblind Awareness Week is celebrated the last week in June, in honor of Helen Keller's birthday on June 27th.   We celebrate all those who promote literacy for children who have a combined vision and hearing...



Mr. Rogers wearing a red cardigan
By Amber Rundle Kahn
“I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.” – Fred Rogers We had early snow in Denver this past school year. The lesson that inspired this post...



Pantry shelf
By Sara Zachariah
Hello, Friend!  How much do you know about your kitchen? Here are some activities for you to do with your family to help you learn more about this important room in your house. After taking time to explore your kitchen, you will be ready to make some...



Getting Ready to Race
By KY Deafblind Project
We hope that you are planning to participate in the Kentucky Derby Dash Virtual 5K!  In case you haven't heard about it yet, this idea is sponsored by the Kentucky DeafBlind Project and is a fun way to get your whole family moving.  You can...



Anatomy of the human body
By Jasmyn Polite
Developing Awareness of My Body I remember when I was a little girl, my grandma introduced me to the human body. I had to memorize all the bones of the body by putting the name cards of the bones on the correct body part. I also had to name the organs,...



Eid al-Fitr
By Charlotte Cushman
Eid-al-Fitr is the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.  The holiday is often called by the abbreviated name of "Eid" or "Id" (pronounced "eed") and is celebrated when Ramadan ends....



Yellow and red plastic eggs, and dried beans and rice
By Sarah Flores
During social distancing, Zoom meetings can be a lifeline for students. They can also be very visually and auditorily complex.  Here is a list of basic, broad recommendations I shared with teachers who are holding group Zoom meetings with students with...



Object symbols
By Amy Flores
Students who are visually impaired and blind may be visual, auditory or tactile learners. For many students, despite their visual impairment or legal blindness, print or large print is their primary learning media.  However, some students use braille or...



Students stirring vegetables on the stovetop.
By Patty Leonard
Leap into Life (LIL)  is a transition program developed and implemented by Teachers of the Visually Impaired for The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind in the state of Connecticut. The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind, BESB...



Cardboard loom with yarn
By Gretchen Bettes
You can reuse your cardboard loom as many times as you’d like but eventually it will start to break down.  To make your own cardboard loom, use cardboard from a box instead of throwing it away and make it any size you want. ...



Gross sandwich: bread with socks
By Jay Hiller
Hey, was working and teaching from home in your plan a month ago?   It wasn’t in mine either.  But here I sit, writing home based activities for my students in my adult daughter’s former bedroom, accompanied by two young dogs that...



Boy pointing at Pete the Cat
By Penny Rosenblum
Like all of you, my inbox and social media feeds have been flooded with stories about COVID-19. In both my professional and personal life, I’ve seen the ripple effect of a tiny protein on the lives of children with visual impairments, their families,...



Weaving kit with looms and yarn
By Gretchen Bettes
You will need: Cardboard loom – this is what you will use to make your weaving. It already has the warp yarn on it.   Popsicle stick for a shed stick – you will attach your yarn to the end of this with tape and then use...



A young girl cuts with scissors
By Charlotte Cushman
See the original article in English: Stay-at-Home Activities for Children with Visual Impairments. Durante en transcurso de la pandemia de COVID-19/coronavirus, es importante proveer a nuestros niños con actividades divertidas para mantenerlos...



Red pom-pom in a plastic bottle
By Christine Roman-Lantzy
All images shared by Diane Sheline While you are home… I am writing this blog post during a time in which we are all self quarantined. It’s a strange and unsettling time. If you are spending more time indoors than you expected, and you are a...



A young girl cuts with scissors
By Charlotte Cushman
Leer en español. During the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, it's important to have fun activities to keep children engaged.  Some children may be able to be self-directed with homework and reading, while others will need more active engagement...



Scrabble tiles spelling out "support"
By Penny Rosenblum
The Idea:  We know that there are students with visual impairments who do not have full access to online curriculum, supplemental activities, or resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also know there are family members who are visually impaired...



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