Quick and Easy Expanded Core Curriculum The Hatlen Center Guide
Over 140 lessons to address the nine areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) in a variety of settings.
Quick & Easy Expanded Core Curriculum is designed for transition students who are visually impaired. The included lessons were chosen to address the most common gaps found within this population and require little time, expertise, or equipment to implement by the educational team and family members. The lessons, categorized by setting (home/school or community) are intentionally designed to be completed in 5-15 minutes. They are not designed to replace a comprehensive program addressing the ECC.
Each ECC lesson card is printed on durable paper stock and 3-hole punched for convenient storage in a custom-made binder with a magnetic closure. Visual icons within a color identification bar (blue for "At Home" or "At School" and red for "In the Community") indicate ECC area(s) addressed by the lesson. Needed materials are listed in a different color bold font. Each lesson card measures 8 1/2 by 7 inches.
A Quick & Easy ECC Checklist is included to monitor an individual student's progress and serve as an informal assessment. The checklist is included in the binder as well as on the accompanying CD-ROM as a Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet.
The Quick & Easy ECC Matrix (in both hardcopy and electronic formats) provides an overview of the ECC lessons covered in each lesson. The matrix key identifies the primary ECC area addressed, immersed ECC areas, and provision of a Try It lesson (a suggestion for home practice).
Example ECC lessons target the following skills:
- Planning a menu
- Practicing conversation
- Giving & receiving compliments
- Labeling cans and frozen foods
- Making purchases based on a budget
- Expanding career knowledge
- Tracking medical history
- Spreading condiments
- Reading nutrition labels
- Properly using smart phones
- Learning customer service techniques
Quick & Easy ECC Kit Includes:
- Binder with 142 lesson cards
- CD-ROM with accessible files:
Quick & Easy ECC:
- Binder contents (.brf)
- Matrix (.brf and .pdf)
- Checklist (Microsoft Excel)
Note: The entire binder contents are only available as a braille ready format (.brf) file.
- Patricia Maffei
- Original Publisher:
- American Printing House for the Blind