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Jan. 4, 2002 This tip is from a teacher. When teaching a young child to recognize braille letters, start by brailling a whole line using just the letter a, i.e. dot 1. Then, to teach the next letter, braille some lines of a's with just one b in each line and have the child find the new letter.

Jan. 5, 2002 This tip for use with a blind kindergartner is from another teacher. She had the student make an alphabet book, along with the sighted students in the class who were using pictures, by using real objects. "Each week he would cut out his real object and paste it onto a piece of braille paper [brailled with the initial letter]. At the end of the year, I put the pages in a large-ring binder. It was a wonderful book for him." The link is to the teacher's alphabetized list of real objects that could be used in such a book plus larger objects that fit in a manipulative tub, "body parts, actions, animals, concepts of position, foods" and objects too large for a tub.

Mar. 7, 2002 Information from a parent. "[Our five-year old child's] TVI is relying heavily on The Mangold Developmental Program of Tactile Letter Perception and Braille Letter Recognition and we are very happy with it. It is available from Exceptional Teaching Aids. She also used a lot of the APH [American Printing House] prebraille materials such as Tactile Treasures and the On the Way to Literacy storybooks. I had a chance to preview the PREP program and the stories in it by Amanda Hall are adorable."

Mar. 7, 2002 More information from same parent. Literacy goals for a five-year old with low vision:

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