Parents and Family Members are Teachers, Too! Resources From AFB CareerConnect

Joe StrechayThe fact is, whether your child is being homeschooled or is in public or private education, parents and family members are teachers, too. Teachers in the schools only have so many hours with your child, and the rest of the time they are typically with family. In either case, I have some easy ready-made lessons for you.

I am the American Foundation for the Blind’s CareerConnect Program Manager. I spend my days working on curriculum, projects, and initiatives specific to the employment of persons who are blind or visually impaired. Of course, I have a strong passion for the transition from school to work. CareerConnect launched a new section about six months ago, Lesson Plans for Teachers and Professionals. This section is packed with short lessons specific to the transition of youth who are blind or visually impaired. The section has grown quickly and continues to grow month to month.

This is a way to get your children started early on their Money Management and other concepts with this great series of lesson plans.

If you haven’t been following the CareerConnect Blog or visiting the Lesson Plans for Teachers and Professionals section often, it has been growing by leaps and bounds. The topics covered are money management, social skills, preparation for work experience, and problem solving. Hold the presses; you might think there is only one lesson on each topic. But, no! They range from six to sixteen lesson plans on these topics.

Some Other Lesson Ideas for Children and Teens Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

  • You can use the Aaron’s Adventures in Employment series for some fun and educational content about employment preparation. These multimedia pieces offer three main points to each segment. Check out the full series today!
  • Use the Our Stories section to explore stories about mentors and successful people who are blind or visually impaired and employed. Your children will be see the possibilities!
  • Get your children registered for the free Job Seeker’s Toolkit online course on navigating the employment process. The course includes lessons and assignments. You can sign up for free and associate as a teacher to your child by having them enter your professional code.

Our good friend Shannon Carollo keeps pumping out the lessons and you should check them out and use them with your kids. Are you looking for lessons to get you started on these great transition topics? Well, the Lesson Plans for Teachers and Professionals section brings that to you. Help them get their debits and credits straight, and check out the Money Management module of lessons today—you know that every cent counts!