Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving cornucopia with corn, apples, pumpkins, and candles

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers! Today was an amazing day. All four of us were in the kitchen together working, making some aspect of our delicious meal. My oldest son is blind and he made some delicious fudge from scratch and an amazing salad with everything imaginable in it. Josh, my youngest made a lemon cake and a vegeterian meat loaf. Atom made the tofurky with veges around it, mashed potatoes, and baked the yams. I made the dressing, gravy, and butternut squash. I also set out an assortment of cheeses. What a delicious meal it was!

It is so important to teach our children with visual impairments to be just as skilled and comfortable in the kitchen as the rest of the family. Growing up with chores to do just like everyone else helps our children grow up with self-esteem and feeling like they are important members of the family, as well as build important skills for independence.

Not only should families include these chores at home, but these skills of learning to cook, clean, and live independently are an important part of the Expanded Core Curriculum for children with Visual Impairments. As a TVI, I need to be sure my students are learning these skills…and it makes my job so much more fun, too!

Working in the kitchen together

Dear Santa…

Santa Atom, Mrs. Santa Sonja, Brandon and Josh

Tis the Season and little ones are looking forward to visiting Santa in the stores, thinking about presents to receive and give, being in awe of the tree, lights, and smells of Christmas, and writing letters to Santa!

According to the NFB website, Santa Claus has made the staff at the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute honorary elves. Santa has asked the staff to help him send letters in Braille to very young blind boys and girls (those under the age of 10) in the United States. You can fill out the form on their website and Santa will get your child’s request.  You will receive a reply from the North Pole in print and contracted Braille. Merry Christmas! Hurry and do this! All requests must be submitted by December 17, 2012!  Click here: Santa Letters

Touch N Tap

This video, Touch N Tap,  is about my work as a Vision Teacher and Orientation & Mobility Specialist. I think it depicts my passion for my students, my districts, my students’ parents, and Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, where I had the privilege of working for five wonderful years before stepping out and privately contracting.

Welcome to VisionTeacherSonja.com

What is a vision teacher? A vision teacher is someone who has children with visual impairments or blindness in her heart.  She works to see that they are fully accommodated in their classrooms and have the skills they need for academic, social, and life success. That is why all the components of the Expanded Core Curriculum are so important to her. She encourages her students to be the best they can be and to love learning. A vision teacher is someone who makes a positive difference in the lives of the children she teaches. She also works to educate her colleagues, peers, parents, and administrators about her role in the lives of her students and how to make sure their needs are being met. She is constantly looking for ways to get the best accommodations in the most economical means without losing the quality in the education of her students. I love my job and want to share it with you!

Note: A vision teacher can be a “he” as well as a “she.” This blog is about my journey so it will always be about “she.”