Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Cover of "Splish the Fish" from APH

Two Read-Alouds of Early Literacy Books from APH

By Tracy Fitch
TVI Tracy Fitch reads aloud two books for young children who are blind or visually impaired: "That's Not My Bear" and "Splish the Fish" from American Printing House for the Blind.
Shapes

Everyday Edges and Shapes

By Mary Tellefson
Examples of why shapes are important for preschoolers to learn about for same and different, sorting and matching, symbols, basic math skills and concepts.
Shamrock with green pompoms

Craft Activity for St. Patrick's Day

By Liz Eagan
This St. Patrick's Day craft activity for students who are blind or visually impaired works on fine motor skills, as well as positional concepts.
Making page of book

Early Literacy Ideas for Students with Multiple Disabilities

By Derya Uyar
Early Literacy ideas from Turkey for students who are blind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities (MDVI)
Items in a purse: chapstick, marker, brush, tissue, key

What’s in My Purse? An Early Tactile Literacy Routine

By Laurie Hudson
This early tactile literacy routine gives young children who are blind or visually impaired a chance to work on tactile skills, object identification, matching and tactile discrimination.
Heart made of colored buttons

Valentine Crafting Project

By Liz Eagan
This project can be done with individuals with visual impairments and additional disabilities to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Screenshot of Valentine stickers on iPad

Making Accessible Valentine Stickers

By jesmcdowellTVIOandM
Make your own Valentine stickers for braille students to share with others using designs on Good Notes that can be copied onto swell paper and run through Pictures-in-a-Flash (PIAF).
Set up for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity

Alphabet Review for Beginning Reader

By Melissa McDermott
Using the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, a beginning braille reader reviews alphabet letters.
Tactile valentines

Giving Back to Others: Making Tactile Valentines

By Liz Eagan
Making tactile cards for Valentine's Day is a great way for students who are blind or visually impaired to practice braille and other skills from the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC).
Tactile paper doll

Tactile Paper Dolls: Incorporating the ECC

By Beth Borysewicz
Tactile paper dolls offer lots of opportunities to work on functional skills and many areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum, such as independent living, career exploration, and social skills.
Brown Bear game

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Shapes Do You See?

By Jenna Haskins
This board game gives young children with visual impairments a chance to practice counting, matching, and shape recognition as extensions to the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?".
Bowl of trail mix

Making Trail Mix Using Preferred Literacy Formats

By Liz Eagan
Making Trail Mix using a talking photo album and a braille recipe
Set up of Jumping Bean game

Jumping Bean Game

By Melissa McDermott
This Jumping Bean Game is a fun way to practice braille skills and can be used to fit a range of student needs and skill areas.
Fish cards with braille words

Games and Activities for Independent Braille Practice

By Liamsmom
These braille activities provide additional practice to promote independent braille literacy for students who are blind, low vision or deafblind.
Table centerpiece

Making Table Centerpieces for the Holidays

By Liz Eagan
Making table centerpieces for the holidays is a fun crafts activity, and also a possible vocational option for older students.
Boy holding braille book of Christmas poems

Braille Book of Christmas Poems

By Liamsmom
This braille book of Christmas poems includes tactile graphics and is a fun way for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind to learn more about poetry.
Bowls of pinecones with cinnamon

Make Your Own Cinnamon-Scented Pine Cones

By Liz Eagan
The smell of cinnamon is often associated with the holidays, and in this craft activity for Christmas and Hanukkah, students make cinnamon-scented pine cones as a decoration.
Christmas card with tactile snowman and Santa Claus

Teaching Many Skills Through Christmas Cards

By Liz Eagan
Making Christmas cards and sending them is a great way to practice numerous skills with students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.
Two miniature Christmas trees

Decorating Christmas Trees: Understanding Models

By Liz Eagan
Decorating Christmas trees offer a chance to practice positional and spatial concepts, and to teach students about small scale models of large trees.
Braille Menorah

Braille Design: Menorah!

By Edith West
Braille design of a menorah is a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah with people who are blind or visually impaired!

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