Smile, they are actually already being sold. check out www.aph.org for all kinds of really cute and neat ways to make Braille fun. Actually. Is only one site. I just found a Braille rubrics cube, am so excited, can't figure out the logic yet, but am excited that I can try.' Is called a K Ball and is sold by www.braillegifts.com Unfortunately is only brailled and has colors. But still an awesome toy! Best Practice says that any and all activities the sighted kids are doing the blind student should be doing too, just in a different medium. So reading allowed as the kid follows along, letting the kids explore blocks, and find Braille labels in the house, playing Braille games, drawing and "scribbling" with Braille. Now... most parents don't know Braille or how to teach it, and ... there aren't usually enough hours in the day for most TVI's to do the in-depth training that they do know is needed for a beginning Braille reader... so... that is the state of things. Anyone want to be a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and get your tuition paid for, smile, visit www.wmich.edu Smile, is a great program can tell you, smile. Shelley L. Rhodes and Judson, guiding golden juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx Guide Dogs For the Blind Inc. Graduate Advisory Council www.guidedogs.com The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs. -- Vance Havner ----- Original Message ----- From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 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----- > From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On > 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. 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