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Bullet.gif (1137 bytes)On the Way to Literacy: Early Experiences for Visually Impaired Children

On the Way to Literacy II

REFERENCE: Stratton, J.M. & Wright, S. (check date). On the way to literacy: Early experiences for visually impaired children. Handbook 8-77500-00. Louisville, KY.: American Printing House for the Blind.

Description of resource:

CONTEXT: This handbook provides basic information and activities to enhance the development of literacy in young children who are blind or visually impaired. It consists of a print handbook for parents and teachers and ten tactile/visual storybooks to be read to young children. The storybooks are in braille and print, and feature tactile as well as visual illustrations. The handbook and storybooks can be purchased separately or as a complete package.

DESCRIPTION: The handbook is organized and color-coded by developmental levels (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers) and by skill areas within each developmental level (communication, hand skills/tactual exploration, concepts, and book experiences). An initial introduction defines and explores the beginnings of literacy and offers "read-aloud reminders."

The storybooks included in this program introduce visually impaired youngsters to tactile illustrations which add information and enjoyment to the story and provide practice in refining finger and hand skills. Some handbook activities can be used from birth. The tactile/visual storybooks are appropriate for ages 2 1/2 to 5 years.

The handbook also includes suggested readings, books and songs for each developmental stage, references and appendices. The appendices provide recommendations for sources of information, sources of print/braille books, and a bibliography of tactile/visual story books developed as part of the project. The handbook is well-organized, very readable, filled with helpful information, and delightfully illustrated.

On the Way to Literacy II  includes three new tactile/visual storybooks that increase the selection  available to parents and teachers of young children who are visually impaired. The storybooks are in braille and print, and feature tactile as well as visual illustrations. The three new titles in this set include: "That's not my bear," "Geraldine's blanket," and "The blue balloon." Some of the handbook activities can be used from birth; the tactile/visual storybook are appropriate for ages 2 1/2 to 5 years. The handbook and storybooks can be purchased separately or as a complete package.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Josephine M. Stratton and Suzette Wright, American Printing House for the Blind (http://www.aph.org/) P. O. Box 6085, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206-0085.
Phone: (800) 223-1839 or (502) 895-2405; Fax: (502) 895-1509 EMAIL: info@aph.org

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