Instruction based on home routines

Home routines are a great way to build rich instructional experiences for children with CVI. Here are two examples.

A young boy learning how to ride a bike outside

Instruction during remote learning should continue to incorporate experiential and multisensory learning. When children with CVI can use context, environmental cues, and other sensory information, they are better able to build visual memory and recognition. Home routines are a great way to build rich instructional experiences.  These are naturally occuring routines with materials that are already in the home. These known materials have the best chance of visual recognition on a screen. Parents can describe their natural routines and work together with the entire team to develop learning that addresses all aspects of educational programming.

Example 1: If the natural routine is going to get the mail, there are skills that each provider can work on to support the success with this task. 

This one activity can be expanded to career education (mail carrier), finding library books about mail, counting the mail, and attribute concepts such as size, shape, length and so on. One natural routine becomes the bases for many disciplines to focus their instruction.

Example 2: Instruction around a common home object—the sponge.

Child playing with a sponge, squeezing the water from the sponge into a bowl

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