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Below are strategies posts related to Emergent Literacy.

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Texture Match Game

Play a texture match game with students who are visually impaired using APH's Textured Paper Collection.
alphabet book and do's and don't book

Modifying Thrift Store Books for Young Children with Visual Impairments

Board books can easily be modified for emergent readers who are blind or visually impaired
alphabet shoe rack

Alphabet Shoe Rack

This activity is designed to teach braille alphabet letters and sounds to children who are blind or visually impaired.
Polar Bear adaptation

Adapting Polar Bear, Polar Bear for Students with CVI & Other Visual Impairments

Strategies to adapt books for children who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind or with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
patterns clipboard

Tactile Pattern Activity

This activity takes patterns and makes them accessible to students with visual impairments.
Tactile book with big and little

Ten Tips to Prepare Your Child to Learn to Read Braille

Practical tips to prepare your child to learn to read braille, include concept development, tactile discrimination, language and motor skills.
coat hanger with "Liam" label in braille

Creating a Braille-Rich Environment at Home

Tips on creating a braille-rich environment in the home for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind
Down came the rain and washed the spider out...

Adapting Itsy-Bitsy Spider Book for Students with CVI

Tips on adapting books for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment)
garland shaped into a tree with fuzzy pom poms on a piece of yellow paper

Christmas Tree Project

This Christmas tree activity uses tactile items to teach positional concepts to students who are blind or visually impaired
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Travel Tins: Magnetic Fun To-Go

Parent-made materials that can be used to entertain emerging braille readers
Cover of Christmas Sequence book

Christmas Sequence Activity for Students with Visual Impairments and Additional Disabilities

Experience book to help students with visual impairments and additional disabilities, including deafblindness, to develop early literacy skills.
josh's texture book cover

Texture Book

Creating a texture book for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities


This activity is to help young children develop tactile discrimination skills, matching, and fine motor coordination. Designed for pre-braille or preschool learners who are blind or visually impaired.
Bell book

Bells: A Tactile Book for Emerging Braille Readers

This tactile book about bells uses real objects and makes sounds. It's sure to be a favorite for the holidays!
Advent calendar with ornaments

Advent Calendar for Beginning Braille Reader

This Advent calendar for beginning braille readers can be used with children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind
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Build a Story

This homemade "Build a Book" allows a student with visual impairments to flip through the book to find character, setting, event, and conclusion ideas for a story.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in manger on tactile page

Christmas Tactile Books

This collection of tactile books helps students who are visually impaired understand and visualize the first Christmas story.
Tactile Gift Tags

Holiday Gift Tags

These holiday gift cards provide braille and tactile stickers to make them accessible to children who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind.
Library shelves

The Library and Timeless Stories: Using APH Materials to Extend a Story

These activities use APH materials to extend a story for students who are blind or visually impaired.
pages of Bumpy Rolls Away

Integrated Literacy Activity: Share the Love of a Story

Ideas for sharing stories with young children who are blind or visually impaired using the On the Way to Literacy series