When one of my students moved up to middle school this year, our braille room moved downstairs to the middle school hallway. It is a small room, however, it is perfect for my student to navigate and find her stored equipment. She also quickly noted that there was a bulletin board hanging in the room. As we chatted, she shared that she had never had bulletin boards that she could “see” and looked forward to what would show up each month. Challenge accepted!
My goal each month has been to tie to the classroom science curriculum to provide her with a learning experience as well as a way to interact with the information studied in class. Braille articles and tactile graphics hang below each display so she can pick them up at any time.
- August: Eclipse
- September: Features of the Earth
- October: The Water Cycle and the Ocean Floor
This month’s board was the water cycle, which I continued with the flow of the water’s runoff to the ocean floor.
As it was such a hit with the Features of the Earth, I used push pins to mark the parts of the illustration with braille labels. She then came in to attach the parts to the labels using rubber bands around the pins. It proved to be a great study tool and she removed and reconnected them several times. Click to download the cards.