Gwyn McCormack from Positive Eye has generously submitted a series of ‘Top Ideas’, which we will be sharing each month. You can read her introduction to the series and other posts here.

This specific series is centred around the importance of concept development when teaching children who have a vision impairment. The ‘Top Ideas’ can be utilised by your child’s educational setting or by a parent wanting to give a little extra help with learning from home.

Idea 2: Everyday Collections

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Idea 2: Everyday Collections

Key Point: Link learning to everyday experiences.

Image shows a basket with wooden spoons, sponges, cups, tennis racket and other everyday items.

Maximise the learning from every experience.

Collect everyday objects and fill a basket, bucket, rucksack, suitcase, box, with different objects.

Explore shape, purpose, form, process, texture, cause and effect.

Match, categorise, sort, count, order.

Ensure you fully explore the ‘NESS of the object and link to real experience with the child.

Make a book of real objects. Velcro objects to black background and add a blank credit card labelled with the word, add with Velcro. Hole punch pages and add to lever arch folder.

Develop fine motor, tactile discrimination, concepts, early maths, language and auditory opportunities lie in this basket of everyday objects and pre-braille skills for those children accessing by tactile methods.


Make the child with SEND the starting point for planning, NOT the ADD-ON


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