Christa Hulburt demonstrates an adapted book made for a preschool student with low vision and describes the skills she is teaching with this book. These include book handling skills as well as basic shape and color recognition. Christa talks about how she has used colorful materials and the element of surprise to engage the student in the activity.
Hi, I'm Christa Hulburt. I'm a teacher at Perkins School for the Blind and I'm going to be talking to you today about adapted books for preschool students.
This particular book that I made was created for a student with low vision, who is profoundly deaf and is cognitively delayed.
The book was made using fluorescent paper upon black construction paper, and then laminated.
There are also velcroed on elements throughout the book.
The purpose of the book is to allow the student to help with book handling skills; helping turn the pages.
Also to really get them engaged in the activity, so I add the bright contrast and bright colors to get them excited, and also there is an element of surprise throughout the book to really get them engaged with the topic.
We're also going to be working on basic color recognition and shape recognition skills.
As we begin the book, we setup the surprise: "Let's go exploring! What will we find?"
So here I would have the student explore the yellow circle; ask them to take the yellow circle. When appropriate, you may give them a choice of two to help identify which one is the yellow circle.
And then once they do that, they can match it onto the puzzle template.
And this is just a fun way for them to engage throughout the book, so as they go through, little by little, you start to see the image grow.
And then at the end, "What did you find?"
And, surprise! It's a flower.
So just a really great way for a student to have fun with literacy, engage with their teacher in the discussion, and learn a few concepts along the way.
And that's today's teachable moment.