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ERIC Number: ED460561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 14
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Monthly Themes and Learning Centers for Young Children with Visual and Multiple Impairments.
Hamilton, Paula J.
This paper describes the learning center approach of the preschool and kindergarten programs at the Maryland School for the Blind. Units are presented in monthly themes suggested by the local school curriculum, and this thematic approach is incorporated into the specific learning centers. The classroom is divided into six main learning areas: (1) a language area which allows children to come together as a group to participate in morning circle time and discuss the theme for the month; (2) the writing center, which gives students opportunities to create and explore the joys of self-expression; (3) the play center, which enables children to play with battery-operated toys or games related to the theme via adaptive switches; (4) the discovery center, which provides experiences using all of the senses; (5) the reading/listening center, which provides access to books for enjoyment and educational purposes; and (6) the vision center, which is designed to stimulate the students' visual development. The paper lists materials that teachers should have in each center, sample thematic units, multi-sensory activities, and accommodations for children with specific special needs. Directions for creating a battery system to adapt a battery-powered device for switch accessibility are also provided. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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