How Do You Incorporate the Expanded Core Curriculum Into the Holidays?

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As most of you know, since Eddie was born, I've also ventured into the professional realm of blindness, and am now a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI).

The Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) is specific to children with visual impairments, and covers 9 areas of instruction needed for a child with a visual impairment so they can access the world just like their peers without a vision loss:

In honor of this holiday season, I'm going to bring you the "9 Days of Holiday" with the Expanded Core instead of the "12 Days of Christmas" with your true love. It's a twist that would only make sense to educators in the field of visual impairments (like me) and parents of children who are visually impaired (also, like me).

I will make many suggestions, and dress up my holidays with possible educational opportunities, but the reality can be quite different. I’m going to try this season to broaden my son’s horizons and tackle a few of my own ideas. As you hear from me as a “professional” I also plan to keep you posted as a “mom.” I’ll write about some new things he learned…and what completely flopped. We’ll find out if I can inspire you, make you laugh, or if I can just cause significant eye-rolling. So, enjoy, stay with me, and please share your own experiences!

Here's a link to the first article, which focuses on bringing orientation and mobility into the holidays.

Topic:
Holidays
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Every family has their customs around the holidays. We haul out the tree and set it up the day after Thanksgiving. My son (24) and I race to see if we can best last years time of getting it put together and all the lights working. Our fastest time was 45 minutes. Then out come the ornaments. They are interesting in size, shape, textures, and colors. We have Vinnie (visually impaired) hand us the ornaments. We talk about the ornaments and how they came to us. Of course no tree is complete without candy canes. You know that candy canes grow on Christmas Trees. Then we plug the tree into the box that runs the light show and Juke Box. This is Vinnie's favorite and he is always asking, "I tell you I want a song." He knows where the Juke Box is and the position of every button for the corresponding songs. With the remote Juke Box, he can have a song all season long. Did I mention I control the volume, LOL!


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I'm a TCVI in Michigan and I incorporate the holidays into the curriculum for my students. In Art class I have them decorate a Christmas tree after making the ornaments... some of my students need "reminded" to use both hands when completing a project, so I use the tree decorating to reinforce the using of "both hands". They are having fun and accomplishing so much at the same time!


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I love all the opportunities we have to slow down and create more experiences for our kids. One we just did was Apple Cinnamon Ornaments. You can add braille with cloves!! After we did this, this great article came out with more ideas from Wonder Baby... I am so grateful for all these organizations that cheer us on with so many great ideas. Go here for the receipe and other great ideas: http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/ten-sensory-christmas-activities Christine, mom of blind, autistic son


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I put Braille numbers on the Advent Calendar doors. It is a two fer. He has to find the correct number, educational and then he gets the reward the chocolate, while counting down.


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We made a homemade hot chocolate recipe with powdered dry milk, cocoa, and sugar. My student invited a friend and they 'cooked' together. Inside the treat bag we included the hot chocolate dry mix, and a small baggie with marshmellows and decorated chocolate chips. We decorated the treat bags with a candy cane and red ribbon. After we made the recipe we drank hot chocolate and had snacks. The student wanted to be in charge of bringing the music to our get together and so downloaded Christmas songs to her BrailleNote. They delivered the hot chocolate packages to their teachers the next day. We all had lots of fun!


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I'm a TVI in Kentucky and with some of my students, we worked on technology skills by typing holiday messages for their teachers and family members on the computer while using magnification tools with the text reader and predictive text. We then exported those messages to email and sent them out.


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