Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Braille Flashcards

Braille flashcards for beginning readers
The use of flashcards is nothing new. I like to use them and put them on a ring for home or classroom use. I typically don't put mine on a ring as I like to use them as cards in the card chart and the ring slows me down. I've also used them in games. In games, when it's called for a card to be turned over, I'll use the cards that I've brailled instead.
I divide the words up on the rings: literary numbers, alphabet contractions, color words, etc. Each has it's own ring. I write in the corner in small print what is brailled on each card so someone who doesn't know braille can still help my students.
I also like to use APH's Card Chart Blank Cards 1-03540-00 as the flashcards. They are the perfect size. 90 cards come in a pack. They are also perfect for when I use the Building on Patterns 1st grade curriculum as the spelling words will be taught both spelled out and contracted. I can put them together on the card or not...depends on what my learning objectives are.


  • brailler
  • card chart blank cards
  • metal ring or way to hold the cards together


  • Review vocabulary words with your student
  • Ask the student to read the words on the card


  • This can be set up in a game format, where the student gets to keep the words that she reads correctly, but the teacher gets it if it's not correct.
  • This can be played with more than one student, using print and braille.
Common Core and Braille Standards

Foundational Skills: 

RF.1.3b Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
RF.1.3e Decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.



Posted by Casey Jones

Re: Yes!

Posted by Liz Eagan

Re: Yes!

Posted by Casey Jonez

You Are Correct

Posted by Candice Reed

Posted on March 3, 2014
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Braille Flashcards

Liz Eagan commented on September 5, 2016

I am using the permabraille sheets as flashcards now as the sheets last much longer then the typical card stock. They are water proof, tear resistant, and the braille stays crisp much longer.  They don't come in the braille flashcard size, but a volunteer can easily cut them into the size you need.

Candice Reed commented on March 6, 2014

You are correct flashcards are nothing new. However, they are under used in our population. I think it might be because we don't think of them. They seem so mainstream for the sighted population. Thank you for reminding us all that they are relevant to the population in which we work!

Casey Jonez commented on March 6, 2014

Wonderful and not too expensive. Thank you. Thank you!

Liz Eagan commented on March 5, 2014

Casey, Trend has some flashcards that I use also. They're called "Make-Your-Own". They are 3" x 6" in size. The thing I like about them is the size. I can put math problems on one side in print and then affix a sticky label with braille on it on the other. One corner is rounded, so I don't have to cut the edge. They are the right size for the math and I can send them home so the parents can help their child...or their classroom teacher. I've bought them at Wal-Mart, but here's the website:

Casey Jones commented on March 4, 2014

I've always made my own flashcards...never thought of getting them from APH. Just think of all the time you just saved me! Not to mention, you just gave me a great idea of using them in games.