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Some “Dos” and “Don’ts” for Creating Experience Books
By Mary Ellen Pesavento (2009)
|DO create a book based on the child’s experience, thinking about what is both interesting and relevant to the child:
||DON’T adapt a commercially available book. Experience stories should:
| DO use vocabulary and develop concepts relevant to the child’s own experience.
||DON’T clutter the story with too much information.
|DO write words (and braille if appropriate) on each page so individuals who are reading the book with the student use the same vocabulary each time the story is read.||DON’T focus on having the child read the text. Generally, students using experience books connect with the objects placed on each page.|
|DO use objects relevant to the child’s experience.
||DON’T use miniaturized objects.