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Below are strategies posts related to Emergent Literacy.

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Concept Cards

These tactile cards are designed to help students who are blind or visually impaired to learn basic concepts.
sensory bag

Sensory Bags

Sensory bags can be used to increase tactile exploration, hand strength and finger coordination, as well as cognitive concepts with children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities.
Notes for Liam box

Supporting and Encouraging Friendships

Tips on promoting inclusion with children who are blind or deafblind in mainstream settings
spiderman cover page

Spiderman-Themed Braille Book

This book was created by a preschool braille student, using tactile illustrations.
open box for initial letter sound activity

Strategies to Make Literacy Meaningful to Beginning Braille Readers

Use the child's individual interests to provide motivation and meaning in braille instruction.
snow braille book collage

Braille Book About Snow

Create a tactile book about snow for children with visual impairments using this craft version of "snow"
car braille book title page

Car Braille Book

This car braille book was created by a preschool student and is a great example of emergent literacy for children with visual impairments.
bedtime routine

Counting Down the Days

This activity is designed to help children who are deafblind, blind or visually impaired to count down the days until an event occurs using a tactile chart with braille.
memory caps game

Memory Caps Game

Reinforce concepts such as shapes, turn taking, counting and more with this memory caps game for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Under Water tactile poster

Tactile Poster

Tactile poster idea for students who are visually impaired.
Student crawling through tunnel

Integrating Emergent Literacy into Adaptive PE

This activity integrates adapted physical education, speech therapy and emergent literacy for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.
texture match circles

Texture Match Game

Play a texture match game with students who are visually impaired using APH's Textured Paper Collection.
alphabet book and do's and don't book

Modifying Thrift Store Books for Young Children with Visual Impairments

Board books can easily be modified for emergent readers who are blind or visually impaired
alphabet shoe rack

Alphabet Shoe Rack

This activity is designed to teach braille alphabet letters and sounds to children who are blind or visually impaired.
Polar Bear adaptation

Adapting Polar Bear, Polar Bear for Students with CVI & Other Visual Impairments

Strategies to adapt books for children who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind or with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
patterns clipboard

Tactile Pattern Activity

This activity takes patterns and makes them accessible to students with visual impairments.
Tactile book with big and little

Ten Tips to Prepare Your Child to Learn to Read Braille

Practical tips to prepare your child to learn to read braille, include concept development, tactile discrimination, language and motor skills.
coat hanger with "Liam" label in braille

Creating a Braille-Rich Environment at Home

Tips on creating a braille-rich environment in the home for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind
Down came the rain and washed the spider out...

Adapting Itsy-Bitsy Spider Book for Students with CVI

Tips on adapting books for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment)
garland shaped into a tree with fuzzy pom poms on a piece of yellow paper

Christmas Tree Project

This Christmas tree activity uses tactile items to teach positional concepts to students who are blind or visually impaired