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Picture books for blind kids? YES!

The Great Expectations program was created to help parents and teachers bring picture books to life for blind children. Each book is chosen for its unique theme and is supplemented with picture descriptions and free online activities to further explore concepts found within the stories. The online activities are created especially for blind children and use a multi-sensory approach — through song, tactile play, body movement, engaged listening, and word play — all designed to promote active reading experiences for children with visual impairments.

Parents and teachers will learn how to describe a picture in a book; how to explore a book's visual concepts; how to have fun telling "the whole story;" and how to use play to gain a deeper understanding of a story's meaning. Children will learn how to listen carefully to words, feelings (voice), actions, scene, plot, and character development — elements that they would otherwise miss by not seeing the pictures.


How does the program work?

FIRST: Pick a book based on the theme you want to explore! Note that each book comes with a bonus tactile toy or manipulative related to the themes of the book.

Emotions

     

Grumpy Monkey, $17.99

Money

     

Lemonade in Winter, $16.99

Measurement

     

Measuring Penny, $17.00

Performing Arts

     

Amazing Grace, $17.99

Architecture

     

Iggy Peck, Architect, $16.95

Mobility

     

Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes, $17.99

Colors

     

The Day the Crayons Quit, $17.99

Food

     

Dragons Love Tacos, $16.99

THEN: Check out the FREE online activities created for each book!


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