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Lesson Plans


Sharing Blind Student Info

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Sun, 03 Oct 1999 23:06:07 -0400


I take and draw things in puff paint for my blind student to cut by.
Also
use the paint to out line shapes.. I made a screen wire coloring surface
for
him last year. When he colors on top of it he can feel what he draws.
It
would be great if you shared what people send you. It might help us
all.
Thanks, DHJones3

Has the student ever had sight? Can she see anything now (light,
shadows,
etc.?)
For some of my blind/visually impaired students, I give them scented
markers
to use. This enables them to independently choose the desired color that

they want, identifying it by scent. I sometimes acclimate them to the
size
of the paper, etc. by guiding their fingers over the perimeter. You can
scent paints as well. Other things I do: place a shade-tex texture place

under the paper, so the student feels the crayon lines that they make
(and
hear as it is drawn), go over the contour lines of the shape, etc. with
glue. Let it dry, and the student can feel the contour. Sculpture is
much
easier to adapt. Sometimes I've found that some students who are blind
are
reluctant to touch messy materials. In that case, I might give them
gloves
(which they quickly dispose of because they find out that the bare hand
works better), let them manipulate through a ziplock bag, or gradually
get
them to touch and worm more/longer with the material.
Oh, don't forget to ask the child what she might want/need.
Typically,
the kids are so adapt at adapting for themselves that they know excactly

what works best for them. "Melissae" <melissae>

Sandy... I recall a school for the blind using our product Shrinky Dinks
with
their students. What they did was to provide shapes, ie A Fish or
Heart...
You can use a template or one cut out of thick cardboard. Have the
student
feel and draw around the shape, or in the case of a pre-cut template,
inside... Teacher cut them out with scissors and baked them to Shrink
1/3 rd
original size and the piece became nine times thicker. Now, after the
piece
or pieces were done, the teacher let them hold and feel. She used a
variety
of shapes and students would feel and tell what they were. Feed back
was
that the student could not believe the size difference before and after
baking. All that is needed is a Toaster Oven. Teachers use them all of
the
time in the classroom.

I hope I conveyed the idea. You can also punch and hole in piece
created
with a standard paper punch before Baking and use Yarn to create a
necklace,
keychain, ornament, etc... A collection of plastic shapes, created by
the
blind student, would also serve as a lasting learning tool and having
been
created by the student, should re-inforce the ability to create
something...
Shrinky Dinks has a web site: www.shrinkydinks.com... Would suggest
Item
100, Frosted Ruff N' Ready shrinkable plastic as you can use any Colored

Pencil or a normal No. 2 pencil to create shapes.

Well, it is another idea to put into your "Pot of Ideas"... (smile)
Betty, KBISD

Sculpture sculpture sculpture! Gooey clay is great! Best wishes,
Joseph Augusta <jaugusta>

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Sandra Hildreth
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Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
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Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617