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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Figure 1 Boston using a Cranmer Abacus
Boston is learning how to use an abacus to support the development of both maths concepts and calculation skills.
Boston is using a Cranmer abacus because it has proved itself to be a useful whole of life tool for people who are blind or who have low vision.
Karen Gilligan (BLENNZ Resource Teacher Vision) describes how she introduced Boston to the Cranmer abacus (fig.1) and the first activities and strategies she has used to support Boston’s learning. Continue Reading →