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Ideas for Teaching Tracking and other Tactile Skills

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I created the What Did They Meet? books for my Pre-K 4 student who is just beginning to learn braille. These books can be used to teach a variety of pre-braille skills. I created two versions, one with a tactile tracking grid that I made from plastic cross stitch canvas, and the other with braille.

The cover of the What Did They Meet book

I also made tactile/textured squares with Velcro that the student can use to represent the people, places, and animals in the book. The books can also be used to teach positional terms. My student loves this book and we do this activity everyday.

Inside the What Did They Meet book with a tracking grid. The book contains words and tactile items such as a fake leaf. Also shown are other tactile items that can be attached onto the book page such as fake feathers, fur, and grass.
Inside the What Did They Meet book with the tracking grid and the various textured squares that can be attached to the Velcro in the book.
Inside the What Did They Meet book with braille. The book contains words displayed in both print and braille, and tactile items such as a fake leaf. Also shown are other tactile items that can be attached onto the book page such as fake feathers, fur, and grass.
Inside the What Did They Meet book with braille.

I used a commercially available book called Farm Babies that includes buttons to push to hear the sounds the baby animals make. I added braille lines and textures to the pages of the book.

The cover of the book Farm Babies
Braille has been added to the title of the book for the student to read.
A page of the book Farm Babies. Shown are two chickens, one with a tactile fake feather glued to it. The sentences of the book are displayed in both print and braille.
The words in the Farm Babies book have been modified to now be in both print and braille. Also, a tactile feather and fuzzy material have been attached to the chicken and chicks on this page.

I used this activity to work on tracking and positional concepts. The student practiced finding the braille number (with extra spacing around the number) while tracking the braille. The order of animals in the book matches that number in the sound buttons grid. The grid is set-up just like a braille cell, bonus! So, animal #1 equals dot 1 of the cell, and is a fun way to reinforce learning of dot numbers.

A page of the book Farm Babies. Shown are pigs and cats. One of the pigs and one of the cats are covered in tactile paper in the shape of the animal. The sentences of the book are displayed in both print and braille.
In addition to the braille, the textured pig and kitten have been added to this page.
A page of the book Farm Babies. Shown are sheep with tactile wool attached to them. The sentences of the book are displayed in both print and braille.
Two sheep now have textured wool on them to create a tactile experience for the student.

Happy Tracking!

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