My name is Christine Moe, and I am a Teacher of the Visually Impaired – a vision teacher. I work with students with visual impairments in regular and special education classrooms, as well as with their teachers and families. My aim is to provide excellent instruction for my students while also ensuring that the supports they need are in place throughout the school day and at home.
I have long been fascinated by early Braille literacy among young children. It is a sad fact that there are extremely few books available for very young children who are blind and severely visually impaired, and that many of the books that are available are often less than interesting to touch. Books that have Braille but no touchable pictures; books that have a small patch of fur or fabric but a story that makes no sense; books where the same material is used to indicate many different items.
Children need many, many experiences with books and written words to make the leap into reading. Children who are blind are no exception. Simply labeling their world with Braille – “door”, “closet”, “chair”, “cubby” – is no replacement for the delights of losing oneself in a book. Children who use their hands to make sense of the world, need materials which encourage their hands to touch, to explore, to figure out. They need books that support their own learning style, just as sighted children do.
I have worked as an orientation & mobility instructor, vision consultant, Braille magazine editor, classroom teacher, and itinerant vision teacher since 1984. While my current job consists of teaching Braille, low vision, and computer technology skills to students, I also spend time collaborating with teachers in K-12 schools, pre-schools, and early intervention programs to create vibrant and tactile learning environments for all the children in the classroom.
In my spare time, I make tactile books for my students who are emerging Braille readers.
You will find the following beliefs reflected in the pages of this website:
- Every child needs a wide range of literacy experiences to prepare them to learn to read;
- Children who are blind and severely visually impaired need tactile materials that are adapted to their unique learning style;
- Every child deserves curriculum and instruction that is engaging, appropriate, challenging, and adapted to their learning style;
- Modifying activities and materials for a single visually impaired student in a classroom benefits all of the students in that classroom.
- You can make the materials your child needs to become interested in books and reading, and in doing so invite your child to become a reader.