Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Initial Letter Sounds, Braille Contractions, and Numbers Drawers

boxes with handles and two letters on each

This activity uses braille cards to match to objects with the objective of reinforcing initial letter sounds, braille contractions, and numbers.


  • Set of drawers (from Hobbycraft, the Range, or any other Home base store) 
  • Printed sticky labels with letters/braille contractions and numbers for each drawer 
  • Objects to fit in each box 
  • Card labels to match the object to the label in braille/print 


close up image of boxes


  • Label each drawer with an initial letter sound or braille contraction.
  • Turn the box around and label the other end with a number. 
  • Find objects with each of the phonic or initial letter sounds and add to each drawer.
  • Make card labels with print/braille. 
How to use: 
Child can: 
  • tickets with text and braille on themPlace correct objects in each associated drawer to match initial letter or phonic.
  • Place correct number of objects in each associated drawer if turned around to use as a set of number drawers 
  • Find objects from around their environment to fill the drawers.
  • Sort objects from a large sorting box of objects and place accordingly in the correct drawer. 
  • Match word cards to appropriate object 



There are more ideas for resources at:
initial letters collage



Common Core and Braille Standards

Foundational Skills: 

RF.K.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
RF.K.3a Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or most frequent sound for each consonant.

Kindergarten - Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development : 

K.1.15b Read simple high-frequency words in contracted braille.

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

1.1.1 Match oral words to brailled words.
1.1.3 Identify letters, braille contractions, signs, words, sentences, and punctuation, as introduced in the grade one reading program.
Posted on May 18, 2014
Updated on: February 23, 2018