The ages of 3, 4, and 5 are a critical time for detection of vision problems in children. 1 in 20 preschool-aged children has a vision problem and without proper identification and treatment, these problems could lead to blindness. In order to educate children about their sense of sight, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin developed the Your Amazing Eyes program.
The Your Amazing Eyes curriculum was designed with the Milwaukee Public Library and the American Library Association and uses the Six Skills for Early Literacy. The curriculum can be taught to your staff during a 1.5 hour training with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin staff and is appropriate for children ages 3-5 years old. The curriculum includes books such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?, I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa, Duck Rabbit, and I Really Absolutely Must Have Glasses. Children will play activities including optical illusions and a “What’s Missing” game. All the books and activities help children to understand their vision, recognize that not everyone sees the world the same, and explains how children can help take care of their eyes! Children learn the difference between blurry and clear, why sunglasses are important, and why there are different glasses for different activities, like swimming goggles.
This curriculum is a wonderful educational tool to engage children with their sense of sight, while helping to reinforce early literacy skills. It can be used to teach children about sight, prior to a vision screening.
For more information on Your Amazing Eyes or to schedule a training for your staff, contact Shelby LaTona, Community Health Manager, at [email protected] or (414)-765-0505.