The theme of this tidbITS is helping students with visual impairments enjoy picture books.
Great Expectations: Bringing Picture Books to Life for Blind Kids
The Great Expectations website, sponsored by the National Braille Press, gives tips for bringing picture books to life using a multi-sensory approach — songs, tactile play, picture descriptions, body movement, engaged listening — all designed to promote active reading experiences for children with visual impairments.
The site teaches how to describe a picture in a book, how to explore a book’s visual concepts, how to play, and how to have fun telling “the whole story.” Children will learn to listen carefully to words, feelings (voice), actions, scene, plots, and character development—elements that they would otherwise miss by not seeing the pictures. It includes 10 tips for reading aloud.
Story Boxes: A Hands-On Literacy Experience
A story box is a collection of items in a box or bag that corresponds to the items mentioned in a story. It is a way for young children with visual impairments to experience a story. The Story Boxes site gives tips for creating a story box, as well as story box suggestions for books such as Goodnight Moon, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Little Engine That Could, and many more.