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Beginning with Braille: Firsthand Experiences with a Balanced Approach to Literacy


Beginning with Braille has been the go-to resource for educators teaching braille to beginning students in the United States and abroad for more than 15 years.

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Catalog Number: F-B0003-00

Authors: Anna M. Swenson

ISBN: 978-0-89128-733-9

Product Description

The text includes creative and practical strategies for designing and delivering quality braille instruction and offers teacher-friendly suggestions for many areas, such as reading aloud to young children, selecting and making early tactile books, and teaching tactile and hand movement skills. Plus, there are tips on designing worksheets, introducing braille contractions, teaching the use of the braillewriter, and facilitating the writing process in braille. Chapters also address guidelines for individualizing instruction, the literacy needs of students with additional disabilities, and assessment of student progress in developing literacy skills.


  • Beginning with Braille: Firsthand Experiences with a Balanced Approach to Literacy

    Foreword to the Second Edition

    Foreword to the First Edition


    Thoughtful Choices: A Prologue

    How to Read This Book

    PART 1 A Context for Instruction

    1 Trends in General Education Literacy Instruction

    2 Trends in Teaching Braille

    3 Guidelines and Strategies for Teaching Beginning Braille

    4 Assessment and Documentation

    PART 2 You and Your Braille Student

    5 Promoting Early Literacy: First Experiences with Reading and Writing Braille

    6 An Overview of Options for Literacy Instruction

    7 Teaching the Beginning Reader: Three Steps to Beginning Braille

    8 The Third Step: Guided Reading

    9 Beginning Reading Activities

    10 Teaching the Beginning Writer

    11 The Developing Writer, the Writing Process, and the Role of Technology

    12 Teaching the Dual-Media Learner

    13 Teaching Braille to Students with Diverse Needs

    14 Case Studies: Two Beginning Braille Readers

    PART 3 Beyond Instruction: Braille in the Inclusion Classroom

    15 Adapting Print Materials

    16 Braille Literacy for Sighted Classmates




    APPENDIX A Teaching Materials

    APPENDIX B Blank Record Forms and Checklists

    APPENDIX C Braille Activities for Sighted Children


  • Product Type: Braille Learning, Reading and Writing

    Authors/Editors: Anna M. Swenson

    Publication Date: 2015

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