[nobe-l] question about teaching writing

Karen Palau kapa3960 at verizon.net
Wed May 27 18:59:07 UTC 2015


There are several ways to teach writing.  You can use the Draftsman Kit and 
Wikki Stix to teach print letters and numbers with students.  You can also 
use the braille cell technique if the child knows braille to teach letters. 
There are two apps that are fully accessible that you might want to try. 
Sight Words 2 has multiple levels of sight words to use with young children. 
The DoItWrite app offers students the chance to use his/her finger to write 
letters.  When the child gets close to the correct letter or number, it 
announces the given letter aloud.  You could also use clay to form letters 
and have the child trace each letter.  I've also used stencils before too. 
I usually also begin typing skills early.  I only teach blind students to 
write their name, nothing more.
If you need more help, please don't hesitate to ask.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Kelsey Nicolay via nobe-l
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:11 PM
To: nobe-l at nfbnet.org
Cc: Kelsey Nicolay
Subject: [nobe-l] question about teaching writing

I am a registered tutor on Wyzant.com. I received an inquiry from a mom who
is looking for an elementary tutor for her daughter who is going into
kindergarten next year. She stated that her daughter needs help with
phonics, letter recognition, handwriting, etc. I can teach phonics and
letter recognition without much of any adaptation since I can purchase flash
cards with the print letters for the student and then braille them for me so
I can tell if she is getting the letters right or not. I can also find
phonics books in Braille and provide information for the family to purchase
the books or braille the books myself. However, I am not sure how I could
help with handwriting. I am totally blind, so I learned Braille from the
beginning and never learned print. Therefore, is there any reliable way a
totally blind person can teach a sighted student to print letters without
sighted assistance? What adaptations would I need in order to help the
student with this skill? I've tutored test preparation with a high school
student before and never had a problem since the student had his own laptop
he brought with him to sessions. However, I have never had to tutor a
sighted pre kindergarten student before, so I would appreciate any advice on
Thank you,
Kelsey Nicolay
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