Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Emergent Literacy

Big and little rings
Posted by Liamsmom
Concept book: My 3-year-old son Liam, who is newly deaf/blind (lost his sight and hearing to Meningitis a year ago) is learning ASL and picking up on sign language very quickly.  The next set of books I wanted to make for my little...



Black and white next to color complex page
Posted by Laurie Hudson
  My three-year-old student with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) has difficulty finding items unless they have solid, contrasting backgrounds.   I have been using the CVI Complexity Sequences Kit with him, written by Christine Roman and...



Materials for making Valentine's Day cards
Posted by Katie Armstrong
These activities are designed to support fine motor skills, pre-literacy skills, math, and overall independence in the preschool children I teach.  I have been slowly but surely introducing more independent work activities into my classroom and try to...



Mitten matching activity
Posted by Katie Armstrong
Is it Winter or is it Fall?  In Phoenix, Arizona it is hard to tell!  In my classroom it is Winter, however when you look at all the leaves under the tree on the playground you would think it was Fall!   Hot and Cold Here are a few ways that...



Shape book
Posted by Liamsmom
My son became deafblind a year ago from Meningitis when he was 2 1/2 years old.  Before he became sick, one of his favorite things was to be read to and look at books.  I didn't want that to stop just because he lost his sight and...



Image of tennis ball with braille label
Posted by Laurie Hudson
This activity is a way to make braille fun for emergent readers!   I have a collection of about 20 balls...all different sizes and shapes and textures and weights, including a tennis ball, a fuzzy ball, a football, a spiky ball, a bumpy ball, a koosh...



Symbols for holiday songs
Posted by Katie Armstrong
By Katie Armstrong, Preschool Teacher at the Foundation for Blind Children, Phoenix, Arizona (This blog post is a follow-up to Story Box Ideas for Holiday Stories) I teach in a preschool classroom for students with visual impairments, and love every second...



Holiday storybox
Posted by Jbrown
by Jaime Brown and Katie Armstrong, Preschool Teachers at the Foundation for Blind Children, Phoenix, Arizona.  (Editor's note:  Jaime and Katie both teach children who are blind or visually impaired and Jaime's class includes children with...



An adult helps to hold a young child's hands in place to touch the braille
Posted by Laurie Hudson
Laurie Hudson, the 2012 Braille Institute Braille Challenge Teacher of the Year, shares strategies for teaching braille to our youngest readers.  She believes that young children benefit from an approach to braille that is developmental, meaningful and...



Image of portable calendar system
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
What is a Calendar Box or Anticipation Calendar? Calendar boxes provide a way to help children who are deafblind or blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities to anticipate what will happen in their day.  Using real objects from the...



Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Children who are blind or visually impaired need to have access to books, just as other children do.  Because they may not be able to see the illustrations and print, however, books will need to be adapted or modified in order for the experience to be...



Boy using iPad with his teacher
Posted by Charlotte Cushman
Are you wondering how iPads can be used with your students? Whether you are working with young children, learners with multiple disabilities, or braille students, there are resources about apps and accessibility features that can help on the Path to Literacy...



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