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Below are strategies posts related to Emergent Literacy.

Tactile image of pig

Adapting Three Little Pigs for a Learner Who Is Deafblind

Modification of the Three Little Pigs story for students who are deafblind include tactile symbols, braille, and print.
Adapted Judy cards

Adapting Materials Found Around School

Ideas to adapt materials for students who are blind or visually impaired
Picture of tri-fold board used as a word wall

“Can We Do Oreo Reading Now?” #3 Word Wall

Make the classroom word wall accessible to students who are blind or low vision!
Playing lucky ladybug game

Family Game Time: Modified Ladybug Game

Adapted color matching game to play with children who are blind or deafblind using braille and other modifications.
Tactile American flag with braille

Tactile American Flag

The tactile American flag has the Pledge of Allegiance in braille and makes the stars and stripes accessible. This is great for the 4th of July (Independence Day), Flag Day or any day at school!
Gold sticker

Literacy Tips for Children with CVI: Searching for a Salient Feature

Literacy tips for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) to find salient feature on a page
Contractions collage

Contracted Braille Reading and Writing Activities

Lessons to provide braille students with practice with single-cell whole-word contractions
Tree with leaves

Adapting Images for Early Learners

Ideas to adapt images using 3D images for students who do not yet know how to interpret tactile graphics
Boy riding on a train

All Aboard! Experience Book About Trains

Get ideas to make your own experience book for children who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind, low vision or with multiple disabilities!
Braille baseball game

Braille Baseball for Dual Media Learners

Dual media learners can match print alphabet letters to dot numbers and braille letters in this baseball-themed game.
Teacher appreciation

Operation Teacher (and Nurse!) Appreciation

Showing appreciation for teachers and nurses is a great way to incorporate braille literacy and the Expanded Core Curriculum, while also building support among team members.
paper in Perkins brailler, scribbled braille interlined with large print words which reads, once upon a time there was a castle. One day a monster came

Braille is Reading and Writing: Language Experience

Example of braille writing lesson using language experience for young dual media learner who is also ESL or ELL (English Language Learner)
Braille peg slate

Using a Peg Slate to Practice Braille Skills

Develop beginning braille literacy skills using a peg slate and other braille toys by practicing reading and writing braille letters, words, and sentences!
Page of tactile book of There Was An Old Lady

Making "There Was an Old Lady" Accessible

Make "There Was an Old Lady" accessible to children who are blind or visually impaired using objects, tactile and picture symbols, and a talking book
Picture symbols for Ferdinand the Bull

Making Ferdinand the Bull Accessible

Making Ferdinand the Bull accessible to young children with visual impairments through story box, picture and tactile symbols, and talking book
Hand exploring items on texture tray

Texture Trays

Create texture trays for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities to encourage tactile exploration
Story box items for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Ideas for Sharing "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" with Children Who Are Visually Impaired

Create a storybox, tactile symbols and picture symbols to make If You Give a Mouse a Cookie accessible to children with low vision or multiple disabilities
Bear Hunt made accessible

"We're Going On a Bear Hunt": Accessible Ideas for Children with Multiple Disabilities

Making children's book accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities
Bear and Hare book with picture symbol of fish

Adapting Bear and Hare Go Fishing for Children with Visual Impairments

Adapting picture books for children with visual impairments
Braille writing song

Braille Writing Song

Song to teach finger position to create dots on a brailler