Diana Garcia-Mejia is a TVI (Teacher of the Visually Impaired) and has a Pre-K classroom for students with visual impairments. She also posts on social media and is a favorite resource for many TVIs and parents.
Here are a few of her ideas that have been posted on her Instagram page @prektvi
The Three Little Pigs Theme
Diana loves The Three Little Pigs books and creates activities around the books that include goals and learning benchmarks.
Before reading the books, they tactilely explore the real materials mentioned in the story and test to see if they could really blow the objects away. The class uses a “big, bad hairdryer” to huff and puff.
Lakeshore sells models of the wolf and pigs as part of the “hands on” accessible activity where students can practice building their own homes for pigs.
Puppets are a great tool to use to promote communication and to reenact the story. Have students try the different characters and move the story along by the the narrator.
Inspired by the book, the class has a craft that practices vocabulary and sizing for big, medium, and small.
Here large print, bubbled print, and braille labels under the paper circles can be used. It will represent the bowls for each bear and dry oatmeal to represent the porridge. If your student has CVI (Cortical/Cerebral Vision Impairment) use their preferred color on the bowls.
Focusing in our senses with this 5 senses chart
Students are also taught a 5 Senses Song
(To the tune of BINGO)
I have 5 senses that is true.
Can you help name them?
See, hear, taste, touch and smell (Repeat 3x)
And these are my 5 senses.
Focus Craft on our Sense of Smell
This “I Can Smell” book is an activity book with smelly stickers. APH (American Printing House) has stickers for purchase.
Getting creative with learning activities provides the necessary adaptions for our students to reach their learning goals. For more ideas visit Diana’s Instagram page @prektvi.