“Introducing Braille,” by blogger Laurie Hudson, just became available as a download for $9.99 from the iTunes Store! With vibrant photographs and 14 linked video clips of actual instruction, this iBook is an innovative and upbeat guide to teaching early braille literacy.
Also the author of “Classroom Collaboration,” Dr. Hudson wrote Introducing Braille “to encourage and guide teachers and families as they usher young students into the exciting world of braille literacy.” She writes that, “It is created for those children in the transitional phase, those who have already experienced the very earliest braille literacy events like forming basic concepts/vocabulary and exploring rhyming words … but who are not yet participating in formal braille instruction, which generally begins in Kindergarten or first grade. The focus of this iBook is to help children to become excited about reading and writing braille and to be curious and confident as they explore it. It is to introduce children to why we read and write braille, and to how reading and writing are integrated. Lastly, the focus is to begin to teach children to form their first letters, to recognize some letters and perhaps some favorite words, and to start to build speed and stamina in the process. Typically, these skills develop during the late preschool and early Kindergarten years, but teachers of older students with additional disabilities may also find ideas and strategies here to structure and enrich their braille lessons.”