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Creative Story Bucket Challenge- ‘We’re Going on a Windy Leaf Hunt’- by Sensory Education and Support Team, Lincolnshire.

Introduction: We discussed the story bucket challenge with our VI colleagues. We decided to create a theme bucket rather than a single story. Initially we planned seasons and weather, however as the subject is vast we needed a skip rather than a bucket for all the resources! This bucket is intended to cover autumn and wind. Our intention is to create further buckets to cover other seasons and types weather. Materials: Bucket. Bucket apron. Soft toy forest animals. Books- ‘We’re going on a leaf hunt’ by Steve Metzger, Wind book – by Carol Thompson (both from wordery website). Selection of … Read more

Creative Story Buckets 2017 ‘We’re Going on a Polar Bear Hunt’ By Sélène Hinton, Carlton Digby School

Introduction This story bucket is based on a sensory story from the Twinkl website. It follows the pattern of the popular story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ but with a polar bear theme. The obstacles involve sensory experiences which encourage pupils with PMLD and SLD (including those with visual impairment) to communicate.     Materials: Chime bells for the ‘uh-oh’ bit before each obstacle. A drum for the ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ bit. Crackling foot spray and sculpting bath foam for a ‘snow drift’ experience. Fluffy snow balls and trays of insta-snow for the ‘snow storm’. Ice cubes … Read more

Imogen and her Magical Cane

To celebrate World Book Day we wanted to share with you this beautiful book written by Imogen James, one of the winners of the ‘It’s your story’ competition with Access2books. Imogen’s magical story about a little girl who finds magic in the world through her rainbow spreading cane called ‘snowball’ has now been produced as an accessible book for families to enjoy. Snowball helps Imogen to find an amazing object which leads her on a big adventure! The book has been published by Access2Books in dual large 75 point print and Braille (including picture descriptions) format, there are also beautiful … Read more

My quest to become a Braille master- Taking the first big step

Okay, so in this blog post I am going to share with you, how I FINALLY managed to get off the ground with actually fully applying myself to be able to read Braille. Firstly, I would like to detail the things that were holding me back in the hope that other parents can identify with them.  It is a great feeling when you finally start on something that you have wished to do for a long time, I suppose I can equate it to not doing any physical form of exercise for a long, long time.  It is like when … Read more

Source accessible books for children who are visually impaired

In this resource sheet I am going to list the organisations that can provide your child with accessible books, some of these organisations can also provide libraries or schools with fully accessible literature. ClearVision project is a UK postal lending library of mainstream children’s books with added braille. Our books all have braille (or Moon), print and pictures, making them suitable for visually-impaired and sighted children and adults to share. There are over 13,000 books in the collection, including tactile board books, simple stories for young children and stimulating books for newly fluent readers. We have fiction and non-fiction in uncontracted … Read more

Love Literacy- Practical Approaches Positive Outcomes Conference

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book” J.K Rowling We invite you to be our guest as we turn the page and dive into the wonderful world of literacy in what promises to be a fun filled informative learning experience for all Discover how you can spark a child’s imagination for literacy with a series of exciting, creative workshops and keynote speeches Learn through practical approaches how to inspire children with the power of literacy This year the conference is truly international: we welcome distinguished practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic, ready to … Read more

Libraries with no Braille Books- A mothers fight to make the local library accessible for her children

It is a rarity to see accessible literature stocked in local mainstream libraries for children who have a visual impairment.  This post is provided by a parent, who managed to make her library an inclusive environment for her braille reading daughters. Was it an effortless task? Did the local authority play ball? What kicked off this one parent’s crusade to ensure that the libraries catered to her daughters? ‘My turning point came when my one daughter said her ambition was ‘to be rich enough to own a Braille library so she could read all the books on the shelves’ It … Read more

It’s Your Story – Competition Results

Budding children story authors were invited to write a book up to 400 words that includes the child and is fun to read. Entrants were also asked to supply a front cover design which illustrates the main characters and story line. The winners of the three categories were selected by a panel made up of Su Hendra an author of children story books, Tim O’Sullivan, an author and illustrator, Charlotte Mellor, founder of Through Scarlett’s Eyes website and Eileen Finch, founder of Access2books. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition, there was a really high standard of entries from some … Read more

Motor activities checklist to encourage the development of pre – Braille skills

There are a variety of motor skills that you can help encourage at home with children to ensure they are Braille ready. Developing muscles, skills, techniques are a great way of getting their little hands prepared for effective Braille reading. Be creative with it, encourage tasks that they will enjoy and make the learning fun.  Hand functions are essential and it can be easily done within the home, here I have attached a checklist which has been created by Gwyn from Positive Eye.  This checklist can help you go through the range of motion necessary to build up some great … Read more