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Below are strategies posts related to Emergent Literacy.

Rainy Day book with objects for story hour

Adapting "One Rainy Day" for Students with Visual Impairments

Ideas to adapt "One Rainy Day" for children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities
Objects for The Cow Who Clucked

Using the Story “The Cow Who Clucked” to Introduce Animals & Animal Sounds to Young Students

Ideas to use the story “The Cow Who Clucked” to introduce animals & animal sounds to young students with visual impairments or multiple disabilities, using a storybox, tactile and picture symbols
Two hands reading braille text

Video: Tracking in Braille

This video presents the best setup, hand placement, and left to right technique for tracking braille.
Braille Literacy Kit

Braille Literacy Resource Kit

Braille Literacy Resource Kit for preschoolers who are blind or visually impaired and currently learning at home with their families
Bingo cards

Bingo Home Activity

This Bingo Home Activity is designed for families of younger students and students with multiple disabilities; it was created by a life skills teacher at the Ohio State School for the Blind.
Cover of "Splish the Fish" from APH

Two Read-Alouds of Early Literacy Books from APH

TVI Tracy Fitch reads aloud two books for young children who are blind or visually impaired: "That's Not My Bear" and "Splish the Fish" from American Printing House for the Blind.

Everyday Edges and Shapes

Examples of why shapes are important for preschoolers to learn about for same and different, sorting and matching, symbols, basic math skills and concepts.
Items in a purse: chapstick, marker, brush, tissue, key

What’s in My Purse? An Early Tactile Literacy Routine

This early tactile literacy routine gives young children who are blind or visually impaired a chance to work on tactile skills, object identification, matching and tactile discrimination.
Set up for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity

Alphabet Review for Beginning Reader

Using the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, a beginning braille reader reviews alphabet letters.
Brown Bear game

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Shapes Do You See?

This board game gives young children with visual impairments a chance to practice counting, matching, and shape recognition as extensions to the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?".
Set up for 5 Little Pumpkins activity

Five Little Pumpkins

Five Little Pumpkins is a Halloween-themed activity for young children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities or additional special needs.
two pigs

Beginning Books: Two Pigs Sleeping

This basic book was created for an 8-year-old girl in China who is deafblind. She has low vision and uses sign language to communicate.
Short line and long line

Book of Opposites for Kindergarten Student in Egypt

This Book of Opposites was created by a parent in Egypt for her 6-year-old son, who is blind.
Cover of Bear Hunt in UEB

Take Home Story Kit

Take Home Story Kits enable students to create tactile or braille books that they can take home to share with their families to promote braille literacy.
Cover of Hearts book

Preschool Valentines Book for Children with CVI

This tactile book uses different textures on each red heart to create an accessible book for children with cortical visual impairment
Gwyn with materials from Marvin's market adventure

Marvin's Market Adventure: Interactive Book

This interactive book uses a theme-based approach to bring literacy to life for children who are blind or visually impaired or with multiple disabilities.
Braille Code Collection Boxes

Braille Code Collection Boxes

Motivate children to learn letters or contractions of the braille code by collecting things in boxes or containers.
Cover of Fall Pumpkin book

Experience Book about Fall Pumpkin Craft Activity

This tactile fall pumpkin book uses real objects, braille and large print to discuss the experience of making a fall pumpkin book with students who are blind or visually impaired.
Circle page of book

Enlisting the Help of Older Students to Make Books for Prebraille Readers

Older students can practice their braille literacy skills while also enjoying the feeling of helping others when making books for pre-braille readers.
Interactive Wheels on the Bus

Interactive Wheels on the Bus

Interactive Wheels on the Bus is a great way to engage children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities through meaningful & active participation