Paths to Literacy

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Car Braille Book

car braille book title page

This is a great book I made with my preschool braille learner.  It is perfect for teaching the "left to right" concept.  Next time I make this book, I want to have the road go all the way across the page.

 

Materials: 

You can get creative with these materials, but this is what I used.
  • A toy car
  • Plastic baggies
  • Card Stock (Full 8.5 x 11 Page for this book)
  • Black sticky back foam sheets cut into narrow pieces with yellow dotted lines puff painted on.  Cut them wide enough for the car to "drive on" (mine was about 1.5 inches wide).
  • Green sticky back felt for the "grass"
  • Blue textured plastic sheets for the "water"
  • Glue
  • Brailler
  • Stapler
 

Procedure: 

  • For this activity, I had the student create a story. I had him tell me his story first and I wrote it down.  
  • We went through and he decided which words he wanted to write on each page.  
  • He brailled his words on each page.
  • I wrote the "content" of the story on each page and numbered the pages.
  • He created his pictures using the tactile materials.
  • On the title page, staple a plastic baggie on and put the car inside the baggie.
  • Staple the braille pages together in the proper order.
  • Have the student take the toy car out of the baggie and read their book, moving the car along the pages and acting the story out.
 

Variations: 

  • You could also write your own story and put the book together on your own before presenting to the child.
car book page 1 with a picture of a road and text "car one day there was the fastest car in the universe!"
car book page 2 with text "It drove all day and all night"
car book page 3 with a picture of a broken street "one day he was driving and the road was falling apart"
car book page 4 with a picture of a hill "then the car fall shown the hell and broke" car book page 5 with a picture of a street and text "then the car got fixed and he was rolling along the road back on track" car book page 6 picture of a river "then he took the track that led to the river. He tried to stop, but he couldn't and - splash!"
car book page 7 picture of a river "but, he didn't sink. He just rolled along the river to the other side." car book page 8 picture of grass "And, he safely landed on the grass. He wanted to roll along on the grass all day, but he got back on the road!" The road was still broken, but the car didn't break this time!

 

car braille book collage


 

Common Core and Braille Standards

Writing: 

W.K.2  Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
Posted on March 10, 2015
Updated on: February 7, 2018