Expanded Core Curriculum

Children with blindness or visual impairments need some assistance to find their place in the social world.
Parents with children who are blind or visually impaired will find many practical suggestions for encouraging greater independence in all areas of daily living.
Self-determination means understanding one's abilities and making one's own choices, and is one of the foundations of independence and adult responsibility.
This section is full of practical tips to make cooking and meal preparation safe and easy for people with blindness or visual impairments. Information covers the full range of activities: grocery...
This section includes a wide range of information on recreational opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, from ideas for toys and play for young children to hobbies for...
Learn about impulsivity in children with visual impairments and strategies to address the associated behavioral challenges.
Traditional approaches to behavior intervention aren't always effective solutions for every child.
There are many advantages to creating a predictable environment for child with visual and multiple impairments.
Build a classroom business making and selling dog treats as students practice multiple skills.
Every child will enjoy learning basic functional skills during this fun Halloween activity!
Practice math and fine motor skills while students make this healthy snack!
Use this simple recipe for a perfect holiday activity to develop memory skills and independence.
Making crayons the child can use after the activity is finished is a rewarding and motivating experience.
Real object materials make this multi-sensory project fun for kids of all sight levels to enjoy for days.
A community setting is a perfect place to practice social skills while linking real life and classroom lessons.
Students will enjoy the edible reward of their hard work while learning basic science principles!
Adapt your summer lesson plans and activities with these cross-curriculum ideas.
This cooking project can be used as a simple activity or expanded to include multiple skills and goals.
Use real objects to make your own games for practicing matching, scanning and following directions.
These little red berries are full of sensory fun that can be incorporated into many classroom activities!
It's not complicated when you follow these organization tips for a weekly pizza parlor in your class!
Kids will enjoy giving and receiving these tangible Valentines, perfect for building holiday concepts.
Cook s'mores for a snack while learning the science behind it with this solar oven.
This ELA lesson poses challenges for students with visual impairments because of the independent walking around the classroom viewing things hanging on the wall.
Help children understand the importance of planning organization and sequencing during this activity!
Adapt the classic Checkers game using different shaped playing pieces and a dimensional board!
Tactile playing pieces stay-put the peg hole board in this adapted version of Tic Tac Toe!
Improve body awareness in students with low vision using colored gloves.
Use these simple steps to help students eventually master the challenging skill of skipping!
Count the beans and earn points to win this simple game to reinforce math and social skills!
Teach positional concepts to students as they relate objects' positions to their own body.
Use sound as a motivator for improving motor skills, weight shifting and jumping!
No classroom is complete without an adapted version of Go Fish!
Practice pre-braille skills including tactile discrimination, sorting, and object identification in this simple game!
A simple game of catch can be adapted in many ways to work on motor skills and O&M.
Learning about how communities work helps children understand more about the world around them.
Build confidence and independence while taking part in school organizations with appropriate tasks.
Learn how to choose appropriate foods and packages for safety and independence!
Children will have fun practicing motor skills during this special "Simon Says" game!
A game of object "Hide & Seek" reinforces social skills and tactile discrimination skills.
Use audio recordings of familiar voices to make a fun auditory discrimination guessing game!
Give descriptive clues to help children practice inference of familiar places and settings.
Practice packing a toiletries bag to work on problem solving, fine motor and vocational skills.
Imitate jumping animals for a fun game to stimulate the vestibular system!
Use an adapted daily calendar to reinforce the concept of time through the school year.
Children use their bodies and a box as tread to practice crawling and gross motor skills.
Being able to count and sort coins has a number of uses in daily life.
Promote the classroom community with these ideas of simple jobs in the classroom!
Students learn shapes based on real objects to form tactile discrimination, math and language skills.
Smell and taste are often motivating reinforcers for children with visual impairments!

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