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Friday, April 24, 2009

Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC's and 123's

Learning by coloring is fun!

Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC's

Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC's

Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC's is an exciting raised-line coloring book designed for future large print and braille readers. It facilitates braille character recognition through repetitive activities designed for young children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities. Each letter of the alphabet has two pages:

  • the first page features a jumbo braille cell, with six raised-line open circles. The upper and lower case letters are shown with their braille equivalents, along with a reduced-size cell showing which dots need to be filled in to complete the letter.
  • The second page shows the letter and a tactile graphic depiction of an easy-to-find object that begins with that letter. The object is depicted in a tactile graphic format, allowing the student to color it in.

Attached to the inside front cover is a plastic stencil of the jumbo cell. This can be folded over the blank pages, allowing the student to practice the braille cell configuration for that letter by tracing or by using the accompanying foam braille chips. Accompanying the book are suggested enrichment exercises for each letter, allowing a child to fully associate the braille letter, the tactile graphic, and the object.

Catalog Number: 1-10000-00
Click this link to purchase Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC's.

Lots of Dots: Counting 123

Lots of Dots: Counting 1 2 3

The Lots of Dots: Counting 123 presents the numbers 0-30 and then integers of 10 up to 90. Each number has two pages:

  • The first page features two or three large braille cells. The number is shown with its braille equivalent, along with reduced-size cells showing which dots need to be colored to complete the number.
  • The second page shows the number and tactile graphic depictions of easy-to-find objects that begin with the same letter as the number, i.e., five fans, seventeen seashells. The objects are depicted in a tactile graphic format.
  • Attached to the inside front cover is a plastic stencil of three large braille cells. This can be folded over the blank pages, allowing the child to practice the braille cell configuration for the number by tracing or by using the accompanying foam braille chips. This book uses uncontracted braille.
Catalog Number: 1-10001-00
Click this link to purchase Lots of Dots: Counting 123:.

Lots of Dots: Coloring the Garden

Lots of Dots: Coloring the Garden

This book presents a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and introduces picture building. The book begins with an empty garden. Each page adds a new feature, i.e., clouds, rain, seeds, and plants. Once the garden has grown, a new garden item is introduced on each page for the child to color. The enrichment activities are simple recipes that the child and parents/siblings/teachers can do together. The activities present daily living skills, such as planning, organizing, and food preparation. Trying new foods is encouraged.

This book uses uncontracted and contracted braille, where applicable. To better enjoy this book, children should first complete Lots of Dots: Learning My ABC's and Lots of Dots: Counting 123.

Catalog Number: 1-10002-00
Click this link to purchase Lots of Dots: Coloring the Garden.

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