Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Creating a Braille Book with Whole Word Contractions

Liam Can Go - book cover
My son Liam is a first grader in a mainstream classroom. He is using the Patterns Braille Curriculum (modified since my son is deafblind).  He has learned quite a few contractions so far this year.  I have begun to purposefully add the single-letter whole-word contractions that he is learning in class to all of the new books I make him.  In some of the classroom readers I adapt,  I can change some of the words in the text to support and match what he is learning through his curriculum.  
I am very excited about this latest book I made for my son titled, "Liam can go".  The book uses the braille single-cell contractions  "can", "go" and "with".  These books are a great way for Liam to practice his reading at home in a way that is meaningful, personalized  and motivating.   I love watching Liam independently read; he is so proud that he knows all of the words!  
The book reads "Liam can go with _____" .  Each page shows different activities Liam can do and who he can "go with" to do the activities.  There are tactile symbols representing the activity on each page.
Liam can go book coverLiam can go with Joe to the grassLiam can go with Finn to play with play dough toyLiam can go with Papa in the car
Liam can go with Mom with restaurant and a cup lidLiam can go with Leslee to schoolLiam can go with Grandma to the house
braille cell contractions collage



Common Core and Braille Standards

Grade 1 - Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development: 

1.1.3 Identify letters, braille contractions, signs, words, sentences, and punctuation, as introduced in the grade one reading program.
1.1.3a Identify whole-word signs.
Posted on November 13, 2015
Updated on: February 7, 2018