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Braille Practice Books

Braille Practice Books

As my student progresses through the Building on Patterns Curriculum Kindergarten Level,    I create braille reading books to send home for my student to have practice reading books.

For instance, in lesson 28 ‘from’ and ‘us’ is introduced. One of the passages in the student book has the following lines to read:
 
it is not from me
it is not from me
it is from us
do you like it
 
I call the above book ‘From’. I turn each of those lines into a page in the book and illustrate it. If the student has some vision, I tend to use visual images…tactile images if the visual images are meaningless. Sometimes the visual image will also be “enhanced” by adding texture to it. In lesson 29 introduces the color brown and the contractions ‘more’ and ‘of’. I combined two of the passages to create:
 
can I have more
I do not like that
I like that
can I have more of that
you can have a lot of it
I will get you more
 
The above book is called ‘More’. Sometimes I add words to revisit contractions learned or toss in words learned (i.e. ride, we) to review them. The books now serve several purposes:
  1. braille reading practice with contractions learned
  2. connecting the image with text
  3. the student can now read ‘a book’
  4. reading practice at home with the family

In the examples on this page, the tactile one of the two figures matches the Patterns curriculum with no punctuation nor capitalization. The one with the visual image of the wrapped present has both capitalization and punctuation, as the student is in the 1st grade and knows this is how sentences are supposed to be. To not have them trips her up.

Materials: 

  • braille paper
  • brailler
  • binding for book
  • illustration, with materials dependent on amount of vision a student has

It is not from me.

it is from us

Procedure: 

  1. Create a braille book with illustrations based on the lesson the student has been reading.  These can be tactile or visual or both.
  2. Have the student read the book through in school.
  3. Send the book home for additional practice.

Variations: 

  • Invite the student to help to create the books.
  • Share with other students.
  • Create a classroom library where the student can read these books for fun and review.
Common Core and Braille Standards

Foundational Skills: 

RF.K.1a Follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
RF.K.1b Recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific sequences of letters.

Comments

Brilliant

Posted by Carri Keith

Genius

Posted by Robin Johnson

Again Remind Us

Posted by Candice Reed

Posted on March 1, 2014
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Braille Practice Books

Candice Reed commented on March 6, 2014

Again, this concept is nothing new and yet you remind us of the obvious because we under use this. Students in general ed take home little readers in their reading class home to practice what they've learned. Why not our braille students? Why should they be overlooked? They are not less special. They deserve the same as their peers. Thanks for giving us a new way of looking at these types of books! THANK YOU!!

eleagan commented on March 2, 2014

Robin, yes I will be doing the books with the first grade curriculum. I typically make two books so that one can go home with the family to stay and the other I keep. This helps the book last a little longer and I have them when I need them in case they are forgotten at home. My student does help from time to time...depends on the student. I try to get them to braille the 'story', but that is not always a preferred activity. Making the image typically is more 'fun' to them. As for trainings, no. I have not done a training specific to the Patterns Curriculum.

Robin Johnson commented on March 2, 2014

I've been thinking of doing something similiar but I haven't as I was trying to create an original storyline for a "book". Never thought of using a passage or two from the curriculum. Sheer genius! It is right there and can make sense...especially if you tie a graphic image to it. Sheer genius! Will you be doing this also with the first grade curriculum? will the books be the student's to keep or are you going to ask for them back? Does your student help make the books? Do you do trainings on how to do some of these extension activities that I've seen you post on Building on Patterns curriculum?

Carri Keith commented on March 1, 2014

Simply brilliant! I never thought to use the curriculum to create books...let alone create books to help with the retention\mastery\skill building. Phenomenal idea!