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Experiencing the Story: Expanding Creative Play Centers

Setting up an experience area in the Creative Play center of preschool classrooms can help children who are blind or visually impaired or multiply disabled to develop a deeper understanding of stories

One of my PPCD (Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities) classes created an experience area in one of the centers (Creative Play), so that children can explore the props and act out the stories that are being read aloud to the class.  This takes the idea of storyboxes a step further by making the objects available for interactive play throughout the day.

Recently the class has been reading The Three Little Pigs and the experience area is set up so that the students can play with the three pig and wolf hand puppets, while being in the different “houses”.

Wolf puppet

Adding Accessibility Features for Students with Visual Impairments

As two of the students in the room are visually impaired, the staff took the experience a step further. Each home has “texture”. The straw house has a grass skirt hanging in the doorway. The stick house has sticks glued to the doors and the brick house has corrugated paper on the doors.

Stick houseBrick houseStraw house

Switches and Auditory Access Provide Opportunities for Differentiated Learning

In addition to reading the book aloud and doing activities based on the story, my students also access the story on YouTube using switches to listen to it. 

 

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