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Below are strategies posts related to Braille.

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Beginning Math Literacy

Beginning math activities for children who are blind or visually impaired; strategies for teaching numbers, counting, and making sets
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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.
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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.
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Tactile Advent Calendar

Tactile advent calendar uses objects
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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.
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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.
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Lands Beyond

This game is an adaptation of Candyland, based on The Phantom Tollbooth, for students who are blind or visually impaired.
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Wheel of Fortune Game

This game gives students practice reading braille words. It could easily be adapted to an inclusive setting.
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Alpha Boxes

Fun hands-on activity for beginning braille readers to begin to pair initial letter sounds with the braille alphabet
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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!
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Using Textures to Adapt Simple Books

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

This braille weather chart gives students practice with sequencing and comparison, as well as developing an understanding of the weather.
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Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket

Activity to motivate beginning readers in a play setting, using braille or print cards
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Feely Meely: Game to Match Braille to Objects

Simple game for children who are blind or visually impaired to match braille or print word cards to objects
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Using TACK-TILES® with Beginning Braille Readers

Beginning braille instruction using TACK-TILES®
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What's Gnu?

Activity for beginning braille readers using adaptation of What's Gnu?
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Parents Learning Braille=Literacy For A Child

Podcast about the importance of parents of children with visual impairments learning braille

Teaching Braille Reading and Writing Video

Video presentation by Lucia Hasty about teaching braille reading and writing to promote braille literacy