Welcome to the exciting world of Braille! As educators, we know how vital it is to foster diversity and inclusivity in our classrooms. Learning about different abilities helps broaden our students' perspectives and creates a welcoming and accepting environment for all learners.
Did you know that World Braille Day is celebrated every year on January 4th?
One way to do this is by introducing our students to Braille. Braille is a crucial tool that allows people who are blind or visually impaired to read and write. Learning about it can help our students better understand and appreciate those who experience the world differently.
We will introduce some basic Braille concepts through fun printable activities designed specifically for elementary school children. These activities will teach your students the fundamentals of Braille and help them develop fine motor skills and spatial awareness.
By incorporating Braille into our lesson plans, we can help our students learn about different abilities and foster empathy and understanding for those who are differently abled.
So, let's dive in and begin our journey of diversity, inclusivity, and Braille learning!
Printable & Activity Objectives
Age: 7 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing pencils
In this activity, your child will develop a greater understanding of the ingenuity of Braille as a tool for allowing the blind to experience the wonders of the written word.
It will help your child or student:
How to read and write simple words and sentences in Braille.
Develop greater spatial awareness as they learn to place the dots in the correct positions within the six-dot cell.
Develop empathy and understanding for those who are differently-abled.
How to Get Started
Simple steps to start:
Research and find out more about the origin of Braille. Here's an interesting video about the wartime origins of Braille:
Here's a video about the experience of a 53-year-old man who lost his eyesight and learned how to read again through Braille:
Get started on the printable worksheets!
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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack
This printable activity pack consists of 4 printable worksheets for your students or children to learn and practice basic Braille. Here's what it consists of:
1 Braille to Alphabet Decoder Sheet.
1 Braille to English Activity Sheet.
1 English to Braille Activity Sheet.
1 Braille Coding Template Sheet.
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