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Use of Objects to Enhance
Literacy and Concept
Development
Montgomery County Schools
Presented by Carla Brown, Teacher of ...
Why include real objects and experiential learning?
• Team identified:
• Incomplete information was being received from vi...
The team met to coordinate themes and to identify experiential
learning that linked to curriculum.
Preparation for experie...
Theme: Spring
(e.g., weather, how things grow,
growing fruits and vegetables)
Classroom
Social studies: Growing food
Preparation for experiences
Experiences with real materials and objects
Vocabulary (cooking tools)
Pictures/objects
Story in student’s own words
Technology:
recorded sound,
eBooks
video of activity
Experience books
Experience and Story boxes
What we learned…
• Experiences were the most important; experience boxes allowed the
student to use the objects to “tell” ...
What we have planned…
• It feels that we just started!
• Explore technology options.
• Develop experience books for upcomi...
Thank you to Connections Beyond Sight and Sound!
This grant has given us momentum to explore new ways to help our
students...
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Carla J. Brown & Heather Harmon
Montgomery County Public Schools
"Use of Concrete Objects to Enhance Literacy and Concept Development"
Mini-Grant Demonstration Project Presentation
Advisory Committee Meeting
April 24, 2015

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2015 04 mini grant brown harmon web

  1. 1. Use of Objects to Enhance Literacy and Concept Development Montgomery County Schools Presented by Carla Brown, Teacher of the Visually Impaired Heather Harmon, Deaf Blind Intervener April 24, 2015
  2. 2. Why include real objects and experiential learning? • Team identified: • Incomplete information was being received from vision and hearing. • The student showed increase interest and attention in activities that included stories about her experiences. • There was a need to link objects and experiences to curriculum across all areas.
  3. 3. The team met to coordinate themes and to identify experiential learning that linked to curriculum. Preparation for experiences Experiences with real materials and objects Experience books Experience and story boxes
  4. 4. Theme: Spring (e.g., weather, how things grow, growing fruits and vegetables) Classroom Social studies: Growing food
  5. 5. Preparation for experiences
  6. 6. Experiences with real materials and objects
  7. 7. Vocabulary (cooking tools)
  8. 8. Pictures/objects Story in student’s own words Technology: recorded sound, eBooks video of activity Experience books
  9. 9. Experience and Story boxes
  10. 10. What we learned… • Experiences were the most important; experience boxes allowed the student to use the objects to “tell” the story of what happened and to review the activity • Stories that had actions that the student could experience were the most relevant. • Experiences with the objects allowed more efficient picture recognition. • Community travel was key.
  11. 11. What we have planned… • It feels that we just started! • Explore technology options. • Develop experience books for upcoming transition. • Continued team communication to coordinate experiences and use of real objects throughout the curriculum.
  12. 12. Thank you to Connections Beyond Sight and Sound! This grant has given us momentum to explore new ways to help our students with deaf blindness!

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