During the pandemic, families asked for fun, developmentally appropriate things to do while staying safe at home. We quickly launched our Learning Experiences initiative.
In 2020 we began developing fun, sensory-rich learning experiences that families could do with their Early Intervention Teacher of the Visually Impaired during a video call and then enjoy on their own. These experiences are family-centered, linked to everyday routines like feeding, bathing, or playtime, and incorporate Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) principles. The ECC provides a framework for instruction in a specialized set of vision-related skills for students who are blind or visually impaired.
Parents may contact their teacher for more information about the Learning Experiences and schedule an experience with their child.
Learning Experience examples
How to Play in a Kitchen Band
Everyday objects in the kitchen or around the home can be played with to expose your young child who is visually impaired to a variety of new sounds, textures, and sources of vibration – all musical concepts that you can use in parent-child play. kitchen band play is endless fun and different every time!
Let's Make a Gardening Sensory Bin
So much learning goes naturally into gardening or just being outside. Even if your child can’t see a flower, they can touch the petals, smell its fragrance, and listen to how it sounds swaying in the breeze. Gardening together is one way to help your child develop an understanding of the outside and how things grow.
Have a Seat! An Activity with Chairs
Different kinds of chairs can be found all around the house. But what makes a chair, a chair? They can be used to teach your child who is visually impaired about many different concepts besides how they’re used as seats. Chairs can also be incorporated into parent-child play and literacy activities.