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Below are strategies posts related to Braille.

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Interactive Alphabet Book for Letter "M"

This fun interactive book for young children who are blind or visually impaired encourages concept development through interactive activities with early literacy materials.
A way to organize objects for each letter

“M is for Mice.”

This early braille literacy activity uses real objects to help young children who are blind to learn the dots for each braille letter.
labels in cubbies

Labeling the Environment in an Accessible Format

Labeling items in the environment in an accessible format is important for developing literacy skills, as well as O & M or Orientation and Mobility for children who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.
Sunshine Mangold braille text

Sunshine Mangold and Cricket Mangold

This activity works on improving hand positions and tracking skills in emerging braille readers.

Braille App for a dual learner

Braille App for a dual learner
A young child reads "Bumpy Rolls Away"

Child Reading "Bumpy Rolls Away"

Video clip of early literacy activity with a young child reading a braille book
Image of ready-to-bake pizza

Making Pizza

Making pizza can be a functional and meaningful way to incorporate literacy skills for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or deafblindness.
number cards arranged in order with objects under the numbers 1-3

Beginning Math Literacy

Beginning math activities for children who are blind or visually impaired; strategies for teaching numbers, counting, and making sets
Photo of advent calendar with braille numerals

25 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

This activity uses a braille advent calendar to identify numerals in braille or print while counting down to Christmas.
Photo: Student at table working on his braillewriter

Motivating Older Adolescents Who Are Emerging Readers

This strategy from a speech therapist is designed to help teachers find appropriate literacy instruction for students who have significant multiple disabilities in addition to their visual impairment.
Photo of tactile advent calendar

Tactile Advent Calendar

Tactile advent calendar uses objects
Still from video of Robbie Blaha and student

Book Conversation with Robbie Blaha

This video shows Robbie Blaha, Teacher of the Deafblind at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, having a conversation using a braille book with a student who is deafblind.
THERM in black letters on a white background with a thermometer attached to it

Greek and Latin Roots

Students can build their vocabularies and decoding skills by learning Greek and Latin roots. Tips for students who are blind or visually impaired
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Teaching Braille Reading Fluency.....Virtually

People often wonder if it's possible to teach braille virtually and this video demonstrates how it can be done.
lands beyond collage

Lands Beyond

This game is an adaptation of Candyland, based on The Phantom Tollbooth, for students who are blind or visually impaired.
photo of the divided wheel and spinner arrow, with close-ups of print/braille

Wheel of Fortune Game

This game gives students practice reading braille words. It could easily be adapted to an inclusive setting.
Items starting with the letter "b"

Alpha Boxes

Fun hands-on activity for beginning braille readers to begin to pair initial letter sounds with the braille alphabet
Photo of a veltex board with small stuffed animals and letter cards attached.

Using Objects to Reinforce Consonant Sounds

Activity to use objects to reinforce consonant sounds with beginning braille readers
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Braille Rap Song

Help braille students remember dot configurations with this fun Braille Rap Song!
Modified page of The Garden with tactile flowers

Using Textures to Adapt Simple Books

Guidelines to adapt simple books for children who are blind or visually impaired