[bksvol-discuss] OT: Learning braille

Hi, Cindy. Actually, there is a grade 2 braille, a contracted form, maybe 
what you might call shorthand, but most, if not all, people start out with 
grade 1, which is everything spelled out, as it would be in print. 
Sometimes, kids have problems with spelling if they're not taught to spell 
things out letter by letter but with the grade 2, because they don't see all 
the letters so never learn how things are really spelled out. My husband has 
problems with that, so teaching kids to read can sometimes be twofold. They 
need to learn how to read both grade 1 and grade 2, but when they're 
learning their spelling, I think it's important that they focus on spelling 
out the words and not just learning the contractions. Take care.
Julie Morales
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From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 10:22 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: heavy books


Thanks for the info, Gail.

I'm wondering--if a bright sighted child who has the
inclination and desire can be reading by age 3 (as
mine were, just from my reading to them and their
following along, and some books that had certain words
in the story that the child could read when the parent
story-teller cme to it--and Sesame Street and Electric
Company), and if young chldren who are brought up with
another language in addition to English is in the
house can be bilingual at a very young age, by
couldn't a child as bright as Kasondra's Andrew seems
to be, who seems to want to read, also learn braille
at a young age? I think Kasondra is right to start to
teach him when he's three. One can make a game of it.

Speaking of which--I remembered when I was young how I
enjoyed playing with alphabet blocks, and I bought
them when my children were very young and played with
them with them and made simple words which they read.
But I've never seen Braille blocks. I gather from
posts here that one doesn't learn Braille letter by
letter but that there is a short of short-hand. Maybe
one of you could invent and create a graduated set of
Braille blocks for kids. The first set would be the
simplest words that they need to learn, and they can
play at making sentences (Pat the dog; the dog ate his
food). A more advanced set could be whatever the next
phase is.  And I won't even take a cut of the profits
for my idea (lol).

Cindy

--- "Gail The U. S. Male" <gail1959@xxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

> Cindy, indeed, some forms of blindness are
> hereditary. Most totally blind
> kids start learning Braille in either Kindergarten
> or first grade. The child
> could be taught at a younger age, I suppose, but
> most kids aren't.
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Cindy
> Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 6:16 PM
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: heavy books
>
>
> That's a cute story, Kasondra. How old does a child
> have to be before he can start learning to read in
> Braille? Are you and/or your husband bind? Are some
> forms of blindness hereditary? Forgive me if I'm
> being
> too personal.
>
> Cindy
>
> --- Kasondra Payne <Kassyp36@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> > Cindy,
> >
> > I just walked in my bedroom to answer the phone,
> and
> > I found my two-year-old
> > son, Andrew on the floor, trying to read a Harry
> > Potter book.  My husband
> > always keeps one on his side of the bed, and
> Andrew
> > just took off the cover,
> > opened the book, and started turning pages.  It
> was
> > so cute that I just
> > thought I should share it with all you guys.
> Andrew
> > will read Braille
> > someday because he is blind, but at least he shows
> a
> > healthy interest in
> > books now.  Yes, that particular book is very
> heavy,
> > but it was already on
> > the floor, so Andrew could move it easier
> >
> > Kasondra Payne
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