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Below are strategies posts related to Emergent Literacy.



a baby owl on a dirt path

Owl Babies Story Box

Create a storybox about Owl Babies for children who are deafblind, blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.
Cover of The Beach

Providing Direct Experience to Develop Concepts

Children with visual impairments and other special needs need to develop an understanding of basic concepts in order to grasp meaning in books.
Bedtime objects

Stories about Routines with Beginning Braille Readers

Stories about routine events from their lives can help to promote braille literacy among preschool children who are blind or visually impaired.
Kindergarten conversation box

Kindergarten Conversation Box

A conversation box can help to promote inclusion and facilitate the transition from preschool to kindergarten for children who are blind or visually impaired.
Tiara for princess party

Mackenzie’s Birthday Party: An Experience Book

Creating a tactile experience book about a princess birthday party with a young girl who is blind. This is a great way to promote braille literacy!
Index card with "help" in print and braille

Cards to Promote Independence

Promote independence with students with special needs, including those with visual impairments, using these index cards.
Fridge magnets, braille letters spell love with tactile heart, also star magnet and dachshund magnet

Making Braille Magnets for Beginning Readers

Step-by-step instructions to create your own braille magnets for beginning braille readers
A young girl examines a pop-up illustration of an alligator nose in a picture book

Reading Aloud to Children with Visual Impairment

Tips for parents, families, and teachers on reading aloud to children who are blind or visually impaired
a board book with text on one page describing butterflies, and a plastic butterfly glued to the other

Tactile Book for a New Preschool Student

A dual media learner creates a tactile book for a preschool student.
Red cup and yellow washcloth

Using Tangible Symbols at Home

Guidelines to use object symbols at home with children who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired with additional disabilities (VIMD)
cards with questions on one side and paperclips on the back

Challenge Card Game: Practice Braille Reading Skills While Having Fun!

In this interactive game, students take turns reading braille cards and responding to the challenge written on the card.
CVI pegboard book

Getting Ready for School: CVI-Friendly Pegboard Book

Learn how to make a pegboard book for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) following the model of Active Learning
Cover of Three Bright Red Pom Poms Lined Up in a Row

Three Bright Red Pom Poms Lined Up in a Row

Learn to create your own book for children with CVI (cortical visual impairment) in Phase 1
Page of book with red mylar gift bag on right

Where is the Red Gift Bag?

DIY book for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) using a red mylar gift bag
Materials for modified version of Clifford's Family

Clifford's Family: Modified Version

Step-by-step instructions to modify Clifford's Family for Children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment)
Image of slinky on page of "My Favorite Things" book

My Favorite Things

Tips to create a CVI-friendly book about a child's favorite things
Page with 3 silver pie tins and one red puff

Three Silver Pie Tins and One Red Puff

Learn to make your own book for children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) using pie tins and red pompoms
Page of Five Little Lights

Five Little Lights

Guidelines to create a book about lights for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment)
Cover of One Yellow Slinky Bouncing Up and Down

One Yellow Slinky Bouncing Up and Down

Create a book for children with CVI focusing on movement
story box, tactile symbols, and picture symbols

"Growing a Rainbow": Accessible Ideas for Children with Multiple Disabilities

Preschool children with visual impairment can learn basic concepts hands-on activities, and the book can be made accessible through a story box, tactile symbols, picture symbols, and a talking book.

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