Skills Kits Available to Parents
Are you looking for creative new ways to work on Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) skills at home with your child? Then ask your TVI about borrowing one of the new skills kits available on loan from the resource library at BESB. These kits, which are appropriate for early elementary school children, each include a story (in both print and Braille) to be read together, a list of story-related questions to discuss with your child, a list of suggested follow-up activities, and props and materials necessary to carry out the activities. Each kit also includes a journal for sharing your child’s experience with the kits in either print or Braille. There are six skills kits currently available, with several others in development. Kits may be borrowed for two weeks at a time. Contact your child’s TVI for details.
Kits Currently Available Include:
• Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst. Alexander (the same one who had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day) can’t seem to save any money in this sweet, funny story. Kit includes several types of wallets/change purses, Metro Cards and old bus tokens, a talking calculator, and lots of change for counting and sorting.
• Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London. The classic story of Froggy and his struggles getting dressed appropriately to go outside. Kit includes articles of clothing which use many different types of fasteners, as well as related questions and activities.
• Sunflower House by Eve Bunting. A delightful story about children who plant and tend a living clubhouse made of sunflowers. Kit includes gardening tools, garden gloves, a watering can, pots, seeds, and soil.
• Toni’s Topsy-Turvy Telephone Day by Laura Ljungkvist. Toni tries to invite a few friends to a party, but when her phone message isn’t clear, things get confusing very quickly. This kit includes a variety of telephones to explore, as well as suggestions for ways to improve phone skills, both for pleasure and for safety/911 skills.
• Madeline Says Merci: The Always-Be-Polite Book by John Bemelmans Marciano. This delightful book emphasizes the importance of good manners in a pleasant, kid-friendly story. Kit includes note cards, paper, tactile stickers,etc… for writing thank-you notes.
• Easy As Apple Pie: A Harry and Emily Adventure by Karen Gray Ruelle. An easy to read chapter book about a brother and sister making apple pie with Grandpa. Suggested activities include sorting apples, going on an apple picking trip, and, of course, making apple pie. Kit includes a recipe for apple pie, measuring tools, rolling pins, Play- Doh, talking timer, and pie plates.
Age GroupsInfants & Toddlers
Location: Windsor, CT
Contact: Lisa Pruner
Phone Number: 860-602-4000