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 6

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Idea 6: Rows and Columns

Images show ice cube trays, some empty, some with small balls in, and some bottles filled with beads, pasta etc.

Rows and columns are everywhere and are an important skill in mastering the abstract concept of a graph. Take photos of rows and columns in the environment and make an experience book about them. Then move onto exploring as many objects, containers, situations in the environment that form rows and columns.

Maximise the learning opportunities. Reinforce the ‘rowness of rows’ and the column-ness of a column in as many real life situations as possible


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


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