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Tracking Reading Homework

Make your reading calendar accessible to braille users with these ideas!

My son Liam (deafblind, mainstream 3rd grade) has reading homework from school.  He is required to read 100 minutes a week and record what he reads on the calendar.  This month he is also participating in a braille reading contest through our state’s Braille and Talking Book program where he needs to read 20 minutes a night.  The calendars to record his reading are in print.  

Original calendar in print
Original calendar in print

Adapting the Reading Tracking Calendar for a Tactile Reader

I was easily able to braille a simple calendar for February by brailling the numbers 1-28.  

Braille reading calendar
Braille version of reading calendar
Tactile stickers from APH
Tactile stickers from APH

Each day that Liam reads his required minutes he gets to choose from a collection of tactile stickers to add to his calendar (we received these stickers from the contest but they can also be found on the APH website  or they have many fun tactile stickers at the dollar store or Hobby Lobby for a cheaper option).  This is a simple, fun and accessible way for Liam to keep track of his own reading.  Now let’s just hope we can reach our goal for February!  smiley

Happy Reading!

Follow-Up

Liam successfully completed his reading log for February!

Liam's reading log with tactile stickers
Liam’s reading log with tactile stickers
Liam holding his reading log
Liam holding his reading log
Liam looking at his calendar
Liam looking at his calendar

He asked me to make him a new one for this month, but I think I will have HIM make it this time.  smiley

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