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Below are strategies posts related to Emergent Literacy.



Stuffed kitty with tea party and braille labels

Hello Kitty's Tea Party!

Use the popular "Hello Kitty" theme to teach beginning reading and number concepts!
Incorporating beginning literacy skills into Orientation and Mobility

O & M Travel Cards and Book

Collect items from the environment to reinforce beginning literacy skills during orientation and mobility lessons.
Colorful buckets

Literacy and Numeracy Ideas with Buckets!

Activity for beginning literacy and numeracy, using buckets to count, identify letters and sounds.
Tom makes one pizza

Tom Makes One Pizza

This activity helps to teach one to one correspondence or the concept of one to children who are blind or visually impaired.
A daily job chart with objects that represent each job on the pockets of a canvas backdrop

Adapting the Daily Job Chart for Full Inclusion

Daily job charts are part of many early childhood & elementary classrooms. These ideas make them accessible to children who are blind or visually impaired.
Workstation with materials in boxes marked with the object, print and braille

Adapting the Environment for Independence

Find how you can set up your classroom to make it accessible to ALL students!
Jigsaw puzzle near completion, shows placement of tactile stickers on the frame underneath each piece.  Transparent tactile symbols on jigsaw picture are faintly visible.

Adapting Jigsaw Puzzles for Younger Students

Adapting puzzles for children who are blind or visually impaired
Bathroom theme box

DIY Theme Boxes

Theme boxes can be used to help children who are blind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities to develop basic concepts, expand language, and understand experiences.
Big and little on the shelf

Opposites

This hands-on activity is designed to help young children who are blind or visually impaired or who have multiple disabilities to identify items that are same and different or big and little
Child counts objects

Adapted Counting Work

This counting activity uses a switch to reinforce the concept of 1:1 correspondence for children who are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities.
Crocodile and monkeys

Five Little Monkeys Tactile Book

This tactile book for emergent braille readers helps to develop tactile skills, as well as counting, positional concepts, and other important skills for beginning readers at the Kindergarten level.
Middle of page

Interactive Alphabet Book for Letter "M"

This fun interactive book for young children who are blind or visually impaired encourages concept development through interactive activities with early literacy materials.
number book

Number Book

This fun hands-on activity uses real objects to help children who are blind or deafblind to learn to count and develop number concepts.
Storybox for Hop on Pop

Dr. Seuss-Themed Activities

Fun hands-on activities using Dr. Seuss books to teach concept development and literacy skills to children who are blind or visually impaired, including those w/ multiple disabilities or deafblindness
A way to organize objects for each letter

“M is for Mice.”

This early braille literacy activity uses real objects to help young children who are blind to learn the dots for each braille letter.

Counting Book

This book uses real objects and tactile symbols, along with ASL signs to teach numbers and counting to young children who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind, or with multiple disabilities.
Literacy bulletin board

Inching Our Way to Literacy

Textures can be used to refer to the same book in different contexts for students who are blind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities.
A pair of red mittens

Story Box for "All You Need for a Snowman"

This storybox is a fun winter activity for children who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind or multiply disabled. Uses real objects about winter
Cover of Mouse Mess

Modifying Books for Children with CVI

Many picture books need to be modified for kids with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Decreasing visual clutter and increasing contrast is a simple strategy.
labels in cubbies

Labeling the Environment in an Accessible Format

Labeling items in the environment in an accessible format is important for developing literacy skills, as well as O & M or Orientation and Mobility for kids who are blind or visually impaired.

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