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Braille Writing Song

Braille writing song

This is a song that I've used with several students over the years. I wrote the words to the tune of Three Blind Mice. It is for teaching students to write first individual dots on the brailler then letters. 

Materials

  • Perkins brailler
  • Braille paper, card stock or index cards
  • A good attitude: You don't need a good singing voice, just some contagious enthusiasm for braille!
  • Patience: For some students this will require lots of repetition and consistency

 

 

Procedure: 

Braille Writing Song

(To the Tune of Three Blind Mice)

Verse 1:

I use this finger to make a dot 1, see how it presses to make a dot 1

(Wiggle left index finger and then make a line of dot 1’s)

Chorus:

(Make the line of dots as you sing the chorus)

Each key does its part to form a dot

I press down hard to form a dot

To write my braille, to write my braille

Other Verses:

I use this finger to make a dot 2, see how it presses to make a dot 2

(Wiggle left middle finger and then make a line of dot 2’s)

I use this finger to make a dot 3, see how it presses to make a dot 3

(Wiggle left ring finger and then make a line of dot 3’s)

I use this finger to make a dot 4, see how it presses to make a dot 4

(Wiggle right index finger and then make a line of dot 4’s)

I use this finger to make a dot 5, see how it presses to make a dot 5

(Wiggle right middle finger and then make a line of dot 5’s)

I use this finger to make a dot 6, see how it presses to make a dot 6

(Wiggle right ring finger and then make a line of dot 6’s)

 

Final Verse:

I use these fingers to make a full cell, see how they press to make a full cell

(Hold up all 6 fingers and wiggle and then make a line of full cells)

 

For writing letters:

Each verse will use the fingers for that each letter of the alphabet.

Examples:

I use this finger (left index) to make the letter A, see how it presses to make the letter A

I use these fingers (left index and middle) to make the letter B, see how they press to make the letter B.

 

Collage of braille writing song

Comments

need brailler

Posted by noureen anwar

I'm from Pakistan

Posted by Lina Graham

Braillers in Pakistan

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Special Education for Cognitive Impaired / ELA & Social Studies

Posted by Ah2Teach22

Braille question

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Tactile Experience Books

Posted by Ah2Teach22

Welcome to our online community!

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Posted on April 29, 2016
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Braille Writing Song

Charlotte Cushman commented on December 7, 2016

Hi,

I am wondering from your question if these girls already know how to read print and are just beginning to learn to read braille.  The materials and techniques would be a bit different if they are print readers who are losing their vision rather than just learning to read for the first time.

Also, it sounds like these girls would benefit from the services of a trained Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI).  Do you know if they have one already?  That person would be the one to help to get braille materials and to offer instruction in braille.

Good luck!

Charlotte

Charlotte Cushman commented on December 7, 2016

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Ah2Teach22 commented on December 6, 2016

I am so glad to have found this site.  I expect to have a lot of success making tactile experience material!

Tracy Fitch commented on December 6, 2016

Hello! Welcome to the wonderful world of visual impairments! I am in Georgia, so the process may be a bit different in Michigan. I would try to locate a veteran Teacher of the Visually Impaired in your area, as they may have specific information to Michigan to share. In Georgia we have what's called the Georgia Instructional Materials Center. They handle the funds all legally blind students receive on federal quota.  There are many, many materials available through the American Printing House for the Blind using these federal quota funds. There are probably too many to name in this reply, but I highly recommend checking out their website. Another great resource other than here, is the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, www.tsbvi.edu. I have a few other posts on this website that address teaching braille to students with multple disabilities that may be helpful as well.  You can't share specifics about your students, but if you have specific questions regarding the types of materials you are looking for, just let me know.

 

Thanks for reaching out!

 

Tracy

Ah2Teach22 commented on December 6, 2016

I am a teacher in Detroit, Michigan. I have never taught a visually impaired student. My new students are twins which offers them the benefit of sharing practice lessons and collaborating.  However, the girls are learning how to read Braille and use a Braille writer.  I do not have any materials or books for them.  They have a reading GE levels between 3.0-4.5.  The girls are 14 years old and have just entered high school in a self contained setting.  I make audio tapes for them to learn to use their Braillewriters.  I need information on how to find instructional materials and reading material in Braille.  Could you direct me to resources to help me?

 

Lina Graham commented on May 4, 2016

I am from Pakistan living in London. I am a QTVI (qualified teacher for children with a visual impairment). I have been sending Clearvision books to Ida Rieu school for the blind in Karachi. Please contact me I could some how arrange to send a Brailler to you. I work at linden lodge school in Wimbledon. Maybe via the RNIB?

Charlotte@Perkins commented on April 30, 2016

Contact Pakistan Association of the Blind for more information:  http://pabnpk.com/

noureen anwar commented on April 30, 2016

I'm from Pakistan n I really wish to buy a brailler for my daughter.kindly will u guide me about the procedure to buy it online as there is no facility for me to buy a brailler .plz plz plz reply