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 To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you need to be in their lives today. -- Unknown mercy421@xxxxxxxxxxx Windows/MSN Messenger (but not email): mercy0421@xxxxxxxxxxx ----- 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. 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