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Elise at home learning with Virtual ExCEL Academy

The Virtual ExCEL Camp

We are preparing for summer! So much has happened and the Virtual ExCEL Academy held 84 expanded core curriculum lessons during the school year to help supplement our students across the United States as well as to provide vision professionals ideas and give pre-service teachers an opportunity to see instruction in action. The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is now preparing to offer the Virtual ExCEL Camp from mid-June through mid-August.

The Virtual ExCEL Camp will include a live hour at 2:00 ET, Monday through Friday, and is free to all registrants. Our target audience will continue to be students with vision loss. Also included are five at-home extension activities for the camp theme and with the camp supplies that will be sent to the student. The Virtual ExCEL Camp will be separated by age groups. We will continue to record these sessions so all have the opportunity to learn.

Please register your students with their needs and levels in mind. A grant from the Hearst Foundation is providing students from the United States of America an APH product that will be used during camp so we need registrations completed early! For students to receive items in time for camp, they must have registered for their session at least four weeks prior to the camp’s start date. Those that register after that date are still welcome to attend; we would suggest working with your teacher of students with visual impairments to procure the product for use during camp as all items are available through Federal Quota.

Student Registration

Parents, please register your student for one camp that matches their needs. As parents, you know if they would be more appropriately placed with the age level identified. If you are unsure, we suggest reaching out to your teacher of students with visual impairments. And remember, each student must be registered separately and must meet the definition of blindness in your state.

Week of June 21-25: Art Camp (4-6 years old). Carousel of Textures (1-08863-00) and Quick-Draw Paper (1-04960-00) will be the products of focus for this camp.

Week of June 29-July 2: Mystery Camp (7-10 years old). Picture Maker Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit (1-08838-00) will be the product of focus for this camp.

Week of July 12-16: STEM Camp (11-13 years old). Snap Circuits Jr. Access Kit (1-03041-00) will be the product of focus for this camp.

Week of July 19-23: Career Camp (14-22 years old). JAWS (D-11002-ED) and ZoomText (D-11003-ED) will be the products of focus for this camp.

Week of July 26-30: Space Sensory Camp (pre-symbolic learners). Flip-Over Concepts Books: Textures (1-08829-00), Parts of Whole (1-08832-00) and Line Paths (1-08831-00) will be the products of focus for this camp.

Week of August 2-6: STEM Spanish Camp. Snap Circuits Jr. Access Kit (1-03041-00) will be the product of focus for this camp.

Virtual ExCEL Camp Instructors

Observation

We know that many educational professionals as well as college students preparing to enter the field have been participating in the webinars to observe teachers and students at work. You may register for the camps you wish to observe. Remember, you are able to watch and listen, but please stay in the background just as if you were in a physical classroom.

Virtual ExCEL Academy

Did you miss our Virtual ExCEL Academy lessons this spring? It’s not too late to join in the fun. You can view recordings of all of our offerings on our Virtual ExCEL Academy YouTube page.