For ALL TVIs-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."


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



Good for children of all ages-once they can identify the letters. The sentences in every lesson begin at a lower age level and become progressively more "mature." 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. 


The SECOND EDITION has all of the Lessons that were available in the First Edition, and additionally:

  • NEW!!--After practicing writing the letters in Lesson 1, Lesson 2 introduces each alphabetic wordsign individually. Children who are able to tactually identify letters will easily read the sentences. There is a LOT of repetition of each of the contractions so that they are easy to learn.

  • NEW!!--18 additional pages!!

  • NEW!!--Additional practice sets

  • NEW!!--Some Lessons have revised formats, making it even easier to teach/learn the contractions 

  • NEW!!--Now practice sentences are specifically designed to address EACH contraction individually, rather than as a group

  • NEW!!-- Suggestions on ways to use this book to enhance learning

  • NEW!!-- Contraction Chart-lists all contractions by type of contraction

  • NEW!!-- Symbols Chart-new symbols arranged by lesson number

  • NEW!!-- Symbols Chart II-symbols arranged alphabetically by name of symbol

  • NEW!!-- Contraction Progress Chart (see below)-to help you track your student's progress

  • NEW!!-- Page numbers in the Student's Braille Edition coincide with the Teacher's Print page numbers. Makes it easier for all to find the correct pages for their lesson.


FIRST EDITION-For teachers who are already using the braille first edition student's books, we will continue to make these books available. The front cover of your print book will say "First Edition," or "First Edition, Third Printing." Please be sure to choose the FIRST EDITION when you order or "Add to Cart", as the First Edition and the Second Edition are different.

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


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.


*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 people 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. 


The double-spaced book 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.



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