One year the county I was working in had five students who were visually impaired all entering pre-kindergarten at the same time. We decided to have them all attend one together instead of all the teachers traveling around to see them. I offered to run the program which was two days a week from 9-3. While I had assisted with a VI preschool once before, this time it would be all mine. I found lots of helpful information at a website called Stormie’s Preschool. Websites were in their infancy at that time so it was wonderful to look into someone else’s brain for ideas. The sensory table ideas were some of my favorites. My five students practice cutting, watering and cutting real grass, and playing with beans in the sensory table. One student remarked ‘fireworks!’ when he dropped a few beans at a time back into the sensory table. Some of the other sensory table ideas were: lots of different kinds of paper and scissors to practice snipping, cottonballs and digging through them to find hidden objects, and snow with sand tools. The site is now gone, but I am forever grateful to Stormie!!!
A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.
I am referring to NIMAS. But if you are veteran teacher of the visually impaired, you know you have wished for something like NIMAS for a long time. While discussions started at the federal level in 2002, it still took a few years to generate the language that would become law. As you examine the page at the link, be sure to check out the additional information on the left of the page. If you have students involved in History Fairs, this would be an interesting topic to undertake and directly related to their right to quick and accessible books.
Have your students been required to read ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’? If so, you can let them know the author had a severe visual impairment. James Thurber lost his eye when his brother tried to shoot an apple off his head with an arrow. The injury later left him almost entirely blind. This didn’t stop him; he started using his creative genius for writing.
This young lady has an idea and is running with it! I hope her friend examines the braille before she gets printing. Her idea to fit braille onto the dice is commendable but I don’t think she realizes when you ‘add dots to the bottom’ it does not change a 5 to a 50, it creates a letter (z). Her use of a 3D printer is very interesting.