Developing hand control
Shannon is a Year 6 braille student who will be transitioning to intermediate school in 2013.
At the Wellington Visual Resource Centre we are developing key maths skills with two braille learners.
We have been looking specifically at graphing, reading textbooks, abacus skills and geometric drawing skills.
Here Alison Prskawetz, Resource Teacher Vision talks about how the students focused on using a compass and drawing circles.
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Checking the braille
Kohl is learning to read and write braille. Using a Perkins brailler, Kohl is exploring how to make the patterns of dots on paper that make up letters and words to tell his stories.
Mark Tweedale (BLENNZ Resource Teacher Vision) describes how the education team have introduced the brailler into Kohl’s literacy toolkit and the importance of “scribbling” as a stepping stone to brailing accurate letter shapes.
Mark also describes the introductory activities Kohl has participated in to build his finger strength and gain an understanding of the physical shape and functions of each part of the Perkins brailler. Continue Reading →