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Enrichment Activity for Beginning Braille Readers

Girl using brailler to write about the project she made with twigs and paper dolls

Lesson 35 in Building on Patterns has an enrichment activity of using things from nature to create a collage. The problem we encountered was this week the 4th grade was doing the state mandated testing...which affected the whole campus. So we couldn't go outside. On Tuesday we talked about the items she'd need to create her project. I went to Michael's and bought some of it and then I grabbed some sticks from home. Wednesday we created the collage.



Project with twigs and leaves and drawn on butterflies around it and cotton balls as clouds and two paper dolls attached


Thursday we wrote the story. She is really good at sounding out words, so I don't see invented spellings that often. The coolest thing was the story is about Katie and Zach! Those are the two children that are the focus in the curriculum towards the end of the Kindergarten curriculum. The story wasn't really a part of the project, but I felt it needed to be there to give her a chance to go through the book making/literacy process.


You'll also see in the top photo she no longer uses the power on her SMART brailler!!! This is HUGE!  She turns the SMART brailler off as she is now more confident in her brailling abilities. She doesn't need it to tell her she's right or not.  Her finger strength is coming along.

Story written out in handwriting and braille with drawings of flowers and lady bugs around it


  • brailler
  • paper
  • materials for collage, including leaves, sticks, and other items from nature
  • crafts supplies for creating collage
  • glue
  • binder or rings to hold pages together


These activities can take place over several days or a week, depending on the individual student.

  1. Read the story in Building on Patterns.
  2. Discuss what materials are needed to create a collage.
  3. Collect materials from outside.
  4. Supplement natural materials with items from crafts store.
  5. Invite the student to write a story to accompany the collage.  Provide support, as necessary.
  6. Put the pages together to "publish" it as a book.  Share with classmates, send home, or keep in classroom as an individual "library".


Collage with project and braille text of story the girl is writing


Common Core and Braille Standards


W.K.3  Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.


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Posted on April 28, 2014
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Previous comments for Enrichment Activity for Beginning Braille Readers

Liz Eagan Satter commented on May 2, 2014

No, I do not typically present on this topic as I feel it is one of my weaker areas. As for getting to the point where you feel comfortable...experience is key. The other thing is finding someone to talk to. Talk about the good and the things you have questions on. This really helped me and continues to help me. I bounce ideas off of people and they on me. Will you be at AER International? I'll be there. Perhaps we can meet up?

Candice F commented on May 2, 2014

Do you present on these activities? Seems like you have a lot of ideas to help those of us new to the field out. I struggle every day on how to make things fun or at least pleasurable...then there's the fact I don't know what I'm doing enough to know what to do. How do you get to the point that you are comfortable with what you are doing?

Liz Eagan Satter commented on April 28, 2014

Yes, I absolutely LOVE the curriculum! It is laid out nicely and has ECC activities embedded into the curriculum. It teaches the contractions in an organized and systematic way. I love the scope and sequence that comes with the 1st grade curriculum we are now in. If you haven't checked it out, you really need to! I haven't met a student who didn't like it!

Linda Brown commented on April 28, 2014

You sure like this curriculum. Why?