[Pibe-division] Questions about Braille instruction

Mary Willows mwillows at sbcglobal.net
Wed Feb 17 02:51:37 UTC 2010

Hi Jackie:
The Department of Education in your state should have a website where you can find the curriculum and standards frameworks for all grade levels and subject areas.  If you look at the Kindergarten level, you will see what all Kindergarteners in your state are expected to learn during the school year.  In California, the Braille standards are the same as the state standards for all students in the public school system.  If you can't find the document for your state, let me know and I can send the California standards.  At least it would be something to guide you.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jackie Anderson 
  To: pibe-division at nfbnet.org 
  Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:01 PM
  Subject: [Pibe-division] Questions about Braille instruction


        I am a beginning Braille teacher.  I was wondering where can I find information about time line for braille instruction?  By the end of kindergarten, what should the a student be expected to have covered?  

        Jackie Anderson

        A long journey begins with one step
        There is a literacy crisis in America.
        Only 10% of children who are blind are 
        taught to read Braille.  

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          Seedlings Braille Books for Children
          Announces: 40 New Low-cost Braille Books Now Available!
          February 2010

          Seedlings' 2010 Catalog Update is ready!
          We are very excited to announce that our 2010 
          Catalog Update will be in the mail to you very 
          soon, but you don't have to wait. The new books 
          are already listed on our website and are ready to be ordered!

          New Print-Braille-&-Picture Books in Uncontracted Braille:
              Baby's Very First Touchy-Feely Book
              Clifford's Bedtime
              Let's Eat--Vamos A Comer (in English & Spanish)
              Little Quack Loves Colors

          New Print-Braille-&-Picture Books in Contracted Braille:
              First Picture Nursery Rhymes
              Mama's Right Here

          New Print-and-Braille Easy-Readers (no pictures):
              Caps for Sale (in uncontracted braille)
              Barack Obama: Out of Many, One (in contracted braille)

            New Braille Fiction in Contracted Braille
              (no print or pictures):

              Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls Book One: Moving Day
              American Girls: Happy Birthday, Molly!
              American Girls: Happy Birthday, Samantha!
              American Girls: Julie Tells Her Story
              American Girls: Thanks to Nicki
              Animal Rescue: Charlie the Home-Alone Kitten
              The Blind Outlaw
              Boxcar Children #25: The Amusement Park Mystery
              Boxcar Children #37: The Mystery of the Lost Village
              The Breadwinner--An Afghan Child in a War Torn Land
              Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy
              Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
              The Egyptian Box
              Goosebumps Horrorland #1: Revenge of the Living Dummy
              Hardy Boys #59: Night of the Werewolf
              Igraine the Brave
              The Jungle Book
              Junie B. Jones Is a Party Animal (#10)
              Junie B., First Grader: Boss of Lunch (#19)
              Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants (#21)
              Lady Grace Mysteries: Conspiracy
              Magic Tree House #9: Dolphins at Daybreak
              Magic Tree House #37: Dragon of the Red Dawn
              Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: The Zoo Crew
              Robinson Crusoe (Junior Classics edition)
              A Swiftly Tilting Planet
              Three Stories from Winnie-the-Pooh
              Wayside School Is Falling Down
              The Window

          New Braille Poetry in Contracted Braille (no print or pictures):
              Where the Sidewalk Ends

          New Braille Nonfiction in Contracted Braille (no print or pictures):
              First Kids: The True Stories of All the Presidents' Children
              Growl! A Book about Bears

          You don't have to wait for your flyer to arrive. 
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          For a list of the new books with authors and 
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          To download a textfile version of Seedlings' 
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          Seedlings' Book Angel Program is open to 
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          free Seedlings' books (you list 4 books from our 
          catalog and we will send 2 of them.)

          To register, just fill out the form on page 52 of 
          the 2010 catalog, or better yet, fill it out 
          online right now by clicking here: Seedlings' Book Angel Program

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          the opportunity for literacy by providing 
          high-quality, low-cost children's literature in 
          braille. The services we provide are completely 
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          You can help in a very simple way:  you can earn 
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