Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired


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Single cell contractions

Braille Homework Sheets

By Liz Eagan
Braille homework sheets help to reinforce skills at home, while building a student's confidence and carry-over between home and school.
Cover of Furry the Dog

Write Your Own Braille Book!

By Liz Eagan
Encourage your students to write their own stories and create tactile illustrations to make book.
2 braille cells which show a capital sign with letter I

Teaching about capital letters and the number sign

By Beth Bartson
This hands-on activity is designed to help braille readers to understand about capital letters and the number sign.
game board

Creating Braille Board Games

By Liz Eagan
Braille board games are a great way to practice skills at all different levels, while also working on social skills, counting, and more!
Interactive Pre-Braille Book

Letter "S" Interactive Braille Book

By Diane Brauner
This interactive pre-braille book is designed to help emergent readers to develop basic concepts, while also working on the letter "s".
Literary braille numbers

Literary Numbers Activity

By Liz Eagan
This hands-on activity is designed to help students practice reading literary braille numerals and counting the corresponding number of items.
card with braille words and clothespins with contractions

Review Card for Braille Contractions

By Liz Eagan
This braille activity invites students to match braille contractions to the uncontracted form.

"If I Attended the March on Washington"

By RJSitten
Lesson ideas to celebrate and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King
creating student-made IEP book

Student-Made IEP Book

By Liz Eagan
Self-determination is an important part of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) and this student-made IEP book is a good way to get started.
Stuffed kitty with tea party and braille labels

Hello Kitty's Tea Party!

By gwyn52
Use the popular "Hello Kitty" theme to teach beginning reading and number concepts!
Incorporating beginning literacy skills into Orientation and Mobility

O & M Travel Cards and Book

By Liz Eagan
Collect items from the environment to reinforce beginning literacy skills during orientation and mobility lessons.
Thanksgiving bulletin board

What Are You Thankful For?

By Charlotte Cushman
Fun Thanksgiving idea and activity for children who are blind or visually impaired, including students with multiple disabilities
Bucket Poem

Literacy and Numeracy Ideas with Buckets!

By gwyn52
Activity for beginning literacy and numeracy, using buckets to count, identify letters and sounds.
Tom makes one pizza

Tom Makes One Pizza

By gwyn52
This activity helps to teach one to one correspondence or the concept of one to children who are blind or visually impaired.
Braille Only Alphabet Stickers

Modifying And Labeling Items For The Blind And Visually Impaired

By Elizabeth.morgan2013
Braille Only Alphabet Stickers are a quick and easy way to label items in braille!
Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit

Tactile Environment Mapping

By Elizabeth.morgan2013
Wheatley Tactile Diagraming Kit can be used to create tactile maps.
A daily job chart with objects that represent each job on the pockets of a canvas backdrop

Adapting the Daily Job Chart for Full Inclusion

By sarahfields
Daily job charts are part of many early childhood & elementary classrooms. These ideas make them accessible to children who are blind or visually impaired.
Workstation with materials in boxes marked with the object, print and braille

Adapting the Environment for Independence

By sarahfields
Find how you can set up your classroom to make it accessible to ALL students!
Jigsaw puzzle near completion, shows placement of tactile stickers on the frame underneath each piece.  Transparent tactile symbols on jigsaw picture are faintly visible.

Adapting Jigsaw Puzzles for Younger Students

By Beth Bartson
Adapting puzzles for children who are blind or visually impaired
Student writing on a braille writer

Writing in a Daily Journal

By Charlotte Cushman
Invite students who are blind or visually impaired to write in daily journals to practice writing skills.