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Sandy Trails Braille Tracking System

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DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To teach pre-schoolers with some useable vision who are learning Braille letters to track evenly across a Braille line. The system includes a set of sheets that have been Brailled. The full Braille cell (the “for” sign) is written on alternate lines of all sheets. The first sheet introduced has blank lines between the “for” sign lines, enabling beginners to simply work on moving across the page and back. The second sheet introduced works on efficiency, and a single full cell is added at the beginning and end of each blank line. Two full cells are Brailled in the middle of that line. Students are asked to use both hands to track across the line to the full cells in the middle. At the middle, the child is asked to have the left hand track back across the page while the right hand continues to the end. On the lines between the full cells, numbers, letters or other items of interest are scattered across the page. Using these sheets, students practice tracking a line of Braille while getting the feel of a given letter by passing over it. Other sheets can be created to teach letter recognition, such as reversals. To stiffen the Braille sheets, they can be glued to poster board cut to size. With one-inch magnetic strips glued to the back, they can be placed on a cookie sheet for security. To add interest and fun, sprinkle colored sand over the Braille sheet and place bubble wrap at the left edge. The student is asked to push the sand across the line to the edge of the page and then track the fingers back to pop a bubble in the bubble wrap. Popping a bubble serves as a reward and strengthens fingers. To provide guidance (if needed), the instructor sits across from the student with his or her fingers on the row of “for” signs above the blank line on which the student is working. The student’s and teacher’s fingertips touch and they track together. MATERIALS: 11 x 17 inch cookie sheet, laminated sheets with Braille as described, poster board, magnetic strips, colored sand, bubble wrap, and Braille letters and numbers on Dymo Tape. TOOLS: Dymo Label Maker. SKILLS REQUIRED: Braille, cutting ,and assembly. TITLE: Kids’ Glove Treatment (in Springboard). AUTHOR: Elliot, A. JOURNAL: RE:view. Vol 37 no 3, Fall 2005: p. 119-121. PAGES (including cover): 4 2005.


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