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REMOTE LEARNING: THESE BOOKS ARE TOTALLY READY TO USE FOR REMOTE LEARNING!
SEE DIRECTIONS AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR HOW TO USE REMOTELY.
NO TECHNOLOGY NEEDED.

For ALL TV
Is-we all know that there is never enough time to do everything that you need to do to teach blind children: this book will SAVE you SO much TIME! ALL of the lessons are ready-to-go in both print and braille. Sequential planning for teaching braille contractions is done for you. The braille book is ready to use so that students can read along with you, to you, or self-check their work. This book is extremely "helpful and fun to use."
 

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CONTRACTION PROGRESS CHART

(the pictures are not so great, but the chart is terrific!)

Good for children and adults who are new to braille-once they can identify the letters. The reading level goes from first or second grade and can be used for high school and beyond. You can easily begin at any level that you feel is appropriate for your students. Sentences in every lesson begin at a lower age level and become progressively more "challenging."

These books are excellent for previous print readers.
 

What makes it EASY to use and Successful-for you and your student?

How to Maximize Braille Learning!

 

1. Saves the TVI so much time! Lessons are totally planned. Book is ready to go-no brailling! No embossing.

 

2. Systematic and very well organized.


3. Easy to follow directions, throughout the book. 

 

4. Contains simple vocabulary for new readers, of any age.

  (Also, contains new words for a blind child to learn.

  Some sentences contain concepts. “Dimes and quarters have ridges." 

  Promotes discussion.)

 

5. Double-spaced braille book makes it easier for the students to track along lines, and from line to line. 

 

6. Double-spaced braille book eliminates confusion, since the student cannot feel the words in the lines above or below.

 

7. Rules are explained in simple terms.

 

8. Each contraction, throughout the book is introduced individually. Sentences specifically focusing on the current contraction being taught.

 

9. In Print book-Sentences progress from easier to more challenging. Easy for teacher to decide where to start.

 

10. No contraction is used until it has been presented. No confusion! Only previously learned contractions are used in every lesson.

 

11. New contraction is used numerous times in one sentence.

      (“Mark will park the car at the barn.”)

 

12. Mnemonics to help remember commonly confused contractions (and, with, st, among others).

 

13. Contractions that are used in different ways are introduced in separate sections. (Ex. ch/child, Dot 5)

 

14. Teachers love the Challenges that have students read sentences that have 2 “confusing” contractions in them. (en/in) (ea/ar) (of/ff)

 

15. Can return to a particular contraction at any point for practice, if you see the child is having difficulty with a particular contraction.

16. Sentences are usually only one line long.


17. Repeated contractions give plenty of practice in a short amount of time.

It gives so much practice that it becomes second nature to use the contractions.

 

Also, can be used for braille reading or writing assessment, and selecting appropriate IEP goals.

Samples sentences from book.

Set 1 of sentences with er contractions:, below  

         (er contractions are red)

         (previously taught contractions are blue)

         (all other letters do NOT contain contractions, they are black)

         There are NO sentences with untaught contractions.

  1. erased my error.

  2. A tiger has stripes.

  3. She is an expert skater.

  4. I like to exercise with her

  5. The child sat on her chair.

 

Set 4 of er contractions:

  1. Erica is nicer than her sister, Kimberly.

  2. The motorcycle driver can take a rider.

  3. Our waiter poured the water for Casey.

  4. He mixed the batter for the cherry tarts.

  5. Casper served us cherry pie for dessert.

This book includes:

 

Suggestions on ways to use this book to enhance learning and make it fun.

Contraction Chart-lists all contractions by type of contraction.

Symbols Chart-new symbols arranged by lesson number.

Symbols Chart II-symbols arranged alphabetically by name of symbol

Contraction Progress Chart (see above)-to help you track your student's progress

Comments from the Program Administrator of Columbia Regional-Blind/Visually Impaired Program: "Our team of TVI's have used the UEB Practice Sentences and are excited to add more to our collection.  Very positive reviews from everyone and we are so glad you have created this interesting and engaging practice book."

 

For more detailed information about contraction order and symbols that are covered in this book, please see the "Home" page or the "Specific Details" page.

 

Recommended book combinations:

 

Print Teacher's Edition and Braille Student's Edition-for teachers who read print

Suggestion: the Double Spaced Braille Student's Edition is best for new braille readers (see below ** for explanation)

-or-

Braille Teacher's Edition and Braille Student's Edition-

for teachers who read hard copy braille

Simulated Braille on left, Print on right,

on ALL facing pages.

 

YES! We DO accept Purchase Orders-on orders above $150.

See below for information on W-9, Sole Source, email address, Teacher's information.

 

*Reasons to order the Braille Student’s Edition:

 

These two books (Print or Braille Teacher's Edition and Student Braille versions) work especially well when used together, increases literacy. Having the ability to read the sentences in braille, gives the student much more exposure to the code, and of course, reading.  This extra reinforcement will help children with both reading and writing, in a way that the print-only book cannot do. In addition, it makes teaching easy, because the preparation is done for you.

 

For those who are thinking of purchasing only the print version of this book, you are encouraged to consider ordering the Braille Student’s Edition, as well. These are some of the benefits of using the Braille Student's Edition:

  • For students who are learning to read braille

  • Entire braille book is ready to use. No embossing necessary.

  • Contains the practice sentences ONLY. No directions or explanations are included, making this easier for the new braille reader to navigate the book.

  • Every lesson includes ONLY the contractions that have been PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT.

  • Students can self-check their answers after writing the sentences.

  • Problematic contractions can be isolated for additional reading/writing practice.

  • Students can work independently to practice braille writing skills, at school or at home.

  • Use for computer keyboarding (typing) skills.

  • Keyboarding practice will address spelling of the contractions.

  • Interpoint braille

  • Can be ordered with blank lines between each sentence. Please order the DOUBLE SPACED** book

 

**The DOUBLE SPACED braille book was specially requested by a TVI who felt that blank lines between sentences would make the braille easier for a beginning braille reader to read, and would facilitate learning.

 

A number of teachers have asked whether they should get the single-spaced or double-spaced books for their students. In answer to this question, I tell them about the TVI mentioned above. Apparently, she was right because other teachers have told me that they prefer the double-spaced books for any student who is a beginning braille reader. One teacher mentioned that when sighted students are learning to read they are taught with primers and early reading books which have large spaces between the lines. With this in mind, she felt that it made sense to begin braille reading with a double-spaced book. 

Recently, an adult who is learning to read braille tactilely told me that she had no idea how much easier having a double spaced book would be, for learning to read braille.

The double-spaced book is PREFERRED by teachers who are teaching new braille readers, of ANY age.
Double-spacing is recommend by the Braille Authority of North America (BANA) for use in Kindergarten and First Grade Books. This is because double-spacing is helpful in developing tracking skills, it makes tracking easier, and it facilitates reading, as it eliminates the confusion of reading two lines that are very close together.

 

For those more advanced readers, it might be helpful to use the single spaced book, in order to learn tracking skills that they will need as adults.

PLEASE NOTE: As of October 15, 2021 Due to COVID, International Mail is suspended to Australia and New Zealand. If you are interested in receiving these books please email me at ActualTactuals@gmail.com, and I will contact you directly, once the suspension is lifted.

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Purchase Order Information

Teachers-to facilitate your order, please print out the W-9 Form below,

and provide it to your school district, along with your book requests.

Actual Tactuals Braille is the Sole Provider of this book.

 

YES-we do accept Purchase Orders-on orders above $200.

Please email them to ActualTactuals@gmail.com.

Please include the teacher's name and email address.


PLEASE NOTE: As of October 15, 2021 Due to COVID, International Mail is suspended to Australia and New Zealand.

If you are interested in receiving these books please email me at ActualTactuals@gmail.com, and I will contact you directly,

when the suspension is lifted.

Email Address: ActualTactuals@gmail.com

 

Mail Address:

Actual Tactuals Braille

2116 Vine Drive

Merrick, New York 11566

USA

 

Phone: 516-434-1506

 

Although your receipt indicated a "Shipping" charge, the books are sent as Free Matter for the Blind,

and the charge is actually for Processing and Handling.

 

Processing and Handling ONLY to the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand:

Please contact us if your country is not listed above.

All prices are in U.S. Dollars.

 

   $12.95 USD for 1-2 books

   $24.95 USD for 3-4 books

               $34.95 USD for 5-6 books            

        $44.95 USD for 7-8 books    

           $59.95 USD for 9-10 books      

              Please contact us for charges on orders above 10 books.

TEACHING REMOTELY-
using "Unified English Braille (UEB) Practice Sentences"


These are suggestions for reading or writing lessons that can be used by teachers or parents.

Parents do NOT need to know ANY of the braille rules to work with their child.

For READING lessons: If the child has a braille book at home, he/she can read sentences to you (TVI) over speakerphone or with a headset on the phone, or you can use FaceTime, or any other remote method you can think of. You would need to have a print book with you, at your home. Or, of course, if the parent has the print book at home, lessons can be conducted similarly.

PARENTS will need to know a little bit about the structure of the braille cell (dot numbers) and basic information about contractions. Parents do NOT need to know ALL of the rules of braille to work with their child. If the parents are willing and able to work with their child, parents can read along with their child, or parent/child can take turns. The parent should begin by reading the sentences out loud first, as the student reads along, so the student knows what he/she is going to read. This will make the child feel comfortable and confident. It allows the child to begin to recognize the contractions. Sentences should definitely be read more than once. If the child is good at reading the sentences, they can be review sentences, before the next days lesson. There are additional suggestions for “games" or lessons at the front of the print book.

For WRITING lessons: The TVI or the parent can read sentences aloud for the student to write on the braillewriter. After the sentences are written, using the simulated braille sentences that are in the book, the parent can confirm that the child has done a great job. Or, the sim-braille sentences can be used to help the child make corrections. If the child can read well enough, after the child writes the sentences on a braillewriter, the child can self-correct by comparing what he/she wrote to the sentences in the braille book. It depends on the student’s abilities. The child may need assistance in locating the correct sentences.
 

Here is a really easy way for a way to use this book for writing practice so that the teacher can see what the student has written. If the parent has an iPhone or iPad, parents can scan any work to the teacher by using the ‘Notes App’. These directions are for the parents:

Open a new Note, press the camera button, the option to scan document will pop up. Once the document is scanned you can email it, plus you can add notes to the scanned doc.

Another thought is that the student can write on Perky Duck, and email it to the teacher. If the child does not have a computer or Perky Duck, the parent can take pictures of the braillewriting and send it to the teacher via mobile phone. This may not be necessary, but it is one way to make it easier for the teacher to read the braille. The parent can color over the page with a crayon, and that will make the braille configurations easier to read. Or, if they have a used Expo Marker eraser, they can use it to go over the page, moving the eraser top to bottom and side to side (as if they were trying to erase the page) and that will make the page legible to the teacher, as well. It's also possible that the photos of the braille can be read on mobile phones, without doing any of the "coloring."

All of this will enable you to continue braille lessons while the child is at home. An added benefit is that it will help the parents to become involved with the child’s braille education, and the child may actually benefit from this.