Use the All-In-One Board in combination with hook VELCRO® brand accessories, dry erase markers, and magnetic pieces (pieces can be homemade, obtained from APH, or ordered commercially. The board can be positioned at many angles, from nearly flat to fully upright.
Article excerpt from the field, by Kristie Smith, M.Ed, CTVI
Originally published in the Fred's Head from APH Blog.
“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” -- Clay P. Bedford
I recently discovered an item from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) after my friend and fellow vision teacher, Karen Clay, told me about it.
“You need to order several of these,” Karen told me on the phone one day. “There are so many useful ways to teach with this board and the materials that go along with it for all of your students,” Karen encouraged.
After my fellow vision-nerd, I mean teacher, told me about the All-In-One Board; as well as the Textured Sorting Circles and Shapes (also from APH), I ordered one board. I waited a few weeks and then I ordered three more boards.
The All-In-One Board is much to be excited about as it has a magnetic and VELCRO ® brand loop sides. You can use homemade items or the really cool Textured Sorting Circles and Shapes to teach concepts. The board comes complete with a package of dry erase markers, protective storing and carrying case and of course, the board itself.
I also use the All-In-One-Board with my toddlers. Teaching little ones to scribble and color is a very important brain developing skill for pre-writing and fine motor development. The children love their “scribble” board.
For one of my older students in middle school who has a cognitive delay, we work on money skills, adding, subtracting and word building weekly with the All-In-One Board. He loves putting the materials on and then taking them off when we change our objectives. My student has a very short attention span, however, I can maintain his attention for thirty minutes when I am doing skills with the All-In-One Board.
There are many students who can be taught numerous skills with the All-In-One Board in every subject matter. Imagine a classroom teacher teaching in the classroom about the planets. With flannel-shaped planets, the student without vision would have a solid representation of how the planets lined up in distances from the sun.
Story time and flannel board stories are also a favorite for many students. Reading skills such as vocabulary development, recalling details, character development and understanding plot, setting and characters along with many other objectives can be better understood with this amazing item.
The Textured Sorting Circles and Shapes that I use frequently with the All-In-One Board come in a variety of textures, sizes and three basic colors: red, yellow and blue. What a great way to incorporate a Venn diagram to help children to understand similarities and differences. I also use the two items together when I am working with toddlers and teaching them to match shapes and colors, understanding the words big and small, positional words as well as likenesses and differences.
For my students with multiple disabilities, the All-In-One Board offers a black background of felt, so that a teacher or parent can easily add high contrast yellow or red felt characters, shapes or objects on the board.
The All-In-One Board has many professionals talking and children excited about learning new skills with a product that encourages interaction and a high interest level. When children learn and are having fun with The All-In-One-Board they will agree with Dr. Seuss? Wise words: “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
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