Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Bath Time Discussion Box and Book

Bath Time story with objects

One of the earliest literacy activities for young children with visual impairments or those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities is to collect real objects from a routine activity, such as bath time, and to place them in a "discussion box".  This gives the child a chance to review what objects are used in a given activity, which is a link to talking about an activity before or after it happens.  Being able to anticipate something or reminisce about it is an important step in communication.

Once the items have been gathered and placed in a bin, the bin can be labeled with the word "Bath".  Then, when it's time for a bath, the child can help the adult to get the box from the consistent location where it's stored and talk about the items in the box.

Objects from bath time

Creating a Story from the Objects in the Discussion Box

After the child has developed an understanding of the objects in the Discussion Box, you can write a story about the Bath Time experience.  In this example, I used repetition and simple language, as well as clear photographs.  Braille or tactile symbols can be added to the pages, as appropriate for an individual child.

Text:

Let's turn on the water.
Splishy Splashy in the tub.
Splishy Splashy Rub-a-dub-dub.
 
Here come the Bubbles!
Splishy Splashy in the tub.
Splishy Splashy Rub-a-dub-dub.
 
Time to turn the water off.
Splishy Splashy in the tub.
Splishy Splashy Rub-a-dub-dub.
 
Can you find the soap?
Splishy Splashy in the tub.
Splishy Splashy Rub-a-dub-dub.
 
Let's use the washcloth.
Splishy Splashy in the tub.
Splishy Splashy Rub-a-dub-dub.
 
Time to rinse.  Here comes the water!
Splishy Splashy in the tub.
Splishy Splashy Rub-a-dub-dub.
 
Let's play!  Where is rubber ducky?
Splishy Splashy in the tub.
Splishy Splashy Rub-a-dub-dub.
 
All done.
I'll hug you with a towel until you're dry.
Then let's read a story you and I.
 

Pages of Bath Time Book

Cover of Bath Time book "Let's turn on the water." with picture of faucet

 

"Here come the Bubbles!" with 3 blue circles "Time to turn the water off." with picture of a faucet.

 

"Can you find the soap?" with image of soap  "Let's use the washcloth." with image of washcloth

"Time to rinse.  Here comes the water!" with image of faucet  Bath book page about rubber ducky with text "Let's play!  Where is rubber ducky?"

Bath book page about towel with text "All done."

 

Collage of Bath Time discussion box

Posted on April 5, 2021
Updated on: April 5, 2021