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Unified English Braille (UEB)

Practice Sentences


Assists in teaching and learning braille

Covers ALL contractions

and many common symbols,

Typeform Indicators and Web Addresses.


SIMULATED BRAILLE on every facing page.
















































Pair the Print Teacher's Edition with the

companion Braille Student's Edition

to maximize the benefits!

(For new braille readers it is suggested that you use the Double Spaced edition.)

Student's BRAILLE edition is Ready to Use

Students can check their own work independently and gain reading practice


Some Feedback

"... a life saver for me. Appreciate your hard work.

I can't find anything like it, even now."


Unified English Braille (UEB) Practice Sentences

provides comprehensive practice sentences for each braille contraction,

set up in a sequential, easy-to-learn format.


Some Feedback

The practice sentences target specific contractions and the sentences within each set increase in difficulty. This allows the teacher to pick and pull sentences that are appropriate for the grade and development level of the student.


The sim-braille presented side-by-side from the printed text in the teachers manual is extremely helpful for quickly checking your student's accuracy, especially for new teachers, or TVI's who haven't worked with a student who uses braille in a while.

I can't recommend this product enough! Thank you, Roberta Becker, for creating a teacher, parent, and paraeducator friendly product that supports our students' learning of UEB braille.


Some Feedback

The combination of repetition and incremental, stepwise progression was helping me get a "fix" on the content. I would do a couple of sentences, thinking I was getting right, then a few sentences further on, I would know I was correct, because -- there it was again, a little different, yet the same contractions.


Benefits of Using the Teacher's PRINT Edition:

  • Simulated braille provides correct writing model for those unfamiliar with UEB, or for those who are new to braille.

  • Practice sentences can be used to improve the following skills: 

            -knowledge of UEB contractions and symbols

            -braille reading

            -writing braille

            -slate and stylus


            -spelling out of contractions

            -use of electronic devices

            -listening and auditory memory (when sentences are read)

  • Teachers can use it for formulating and implementing IEP goals.

  • Lessons are organized so students can focus on specific problematic contractions. 

  • Lessons can be planned for writing practice, at appropriate levels for students.



Some comments from TVIs:

"I love how you have everything broken down …"


"You have taken a lot of work away from me …"


"I love the ORGANIZATION of this book…"

"Your book deserves to be in the hands of more TVIs."



You will be able to use this book for your ENTIRE TVI CAREER.
Easy to make Braille Lesson Plans using this book.

This book can be used successfully with ALL GRADE LEVELS.

It has easy sentences for the BEGINNING reader.

For the OLDER reader, or previous print reader the sentences are easy to read,

but at a more interesting level. 

YOU GET TO CHOOSE which sentences are most appropriate for your students!


Directions for teaching READING or WRITING REMOTELY

are near the bottom of the REMOTE LEARNING and SHOP page.

IT CAN BE USED REMOTELY by TVIs (over the phone),

or AT HOME by PARENTS with a teacher's guidance.

Of course, it can be used in the classroom, as well.

















This is not JUST a book of "Practice Sentences." It is a highly organized system of teaching every single UEB contraction, as well as many of the commonly used symbols.

     -Contractions are presented in a very structured order.

     -Only ONE contraction is taught at a time.

     -When a contraction is presented, the student will read/write sentences using that contraction. These sentences will include previously presented contractions.

     -No contraction is ever used in a sentence until the teacher has presented it in a lesson.

     -Sentences go from easier to harder, in each section. Teacher can decide where to begin.

The Teacher's Print Edition has the print sentences on the right and corresponding simulated braille sentences on the left side of the book. It also has directions, explanations, and mnemonic devices-none of this is present in the student's edition.

The Braille Student's Edition has only the sentences in braille.

The Braille Student's books comes in either single spaced or double spaced editions.

Teacher's prefer the double spaced braille, as tracking is easier. Also confusion is eliminated since the fingers are only reading one line at at time, not feeling the letters in the line above or below the focus line.

Benefits of Using the Student's Braille Edition

  • Everything is planned out for you. Saves you so much time.

  • CORRECT BRAILLE MODEL for your students to read.

  • SELF-CHECK-building independence and proofreading skills.

  • Students can follow along as you read aloud, read to you, write, or check their own written work.




             -slate and stylus


             -spelling out of contractions

             -use of electronic devices

  • ALL of the contractions and commonly used symbols are covered.

  • NO EMBOSSING NECESSARY-Braille is already written for you to use in your lessons.











Contraction Progress Chart allows you to keep track of every contraction your student knows


"... a wonderful book that systematically teaches students the UEB contractions"

Sentences are intentionally created to:

1. teach contractions in a specific sequence

2. provide carefully structured, progressive repetition of basics

3. continually reinforce ALL previously learned contractions.*

4. allow children to have FUN while learning contractions. 

5. prompt discussions and provide an opportunity to encourage writing. 

6. teach from beginning reader to the more advanced reader. Lessons can begin at

the most appropriate level for your student.

7. introduce each contraction individually, before it is used in any sentences.

There are NO surprise unknown contractions EVER.

8. show correct simulated braille on every facing page. This helps with immediate feedback and learning. Aides and parents will find this helpful.

These books make it EASY for teachers to:

  • develop IEP goals

  • write Lesson Plan and teach reading/writing/spelling contractions/typing lessons

  • give students reading practice

  • teach ALL UEB contractions in an organized manner

  • teach commonly used punctuation and Typeform Indicators

  • teach Email, Website, and Social Media Addresses

  • save time with READY-TO-USE braille

  • plan homework assignments

  • have lessons available for independent work

  • allow students to self-check their work

  • have parents/aides (or anyone who is unfamiliar with braille) help with homework/classwork

  • present keyboarding lessons for learning to spell the contractions

  • assess and provide lessons in specific areas that require practice


This book would be helpful for: 

  • any aged student who is familiar with the braille alphabet

  • parents who would like to learn braille

  • college students who will be taking tests to become TVIs

  • Braille Transcribers

  • Student's Instructional Assistants

  • older braille learners and diabetics (use Double Spaced edition)

  • anyone interested in learning braille

If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.
      Please see Specific Details page for
order of Contractions AND Commonly Used Symbols.

YES! Please notify me if you add braille materials or educational toys for blind and visually impaired children to this website.

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