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Monday, June 15, 2009

Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Kindergarten Level

Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Kindergarten Level

Building on the success of Patterns: Primary Braille Reading Program, Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users to read, write, and spell in braille.

The Building on Patterns series addresses vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, phonemic awareness (ability to hear and interpret sounds in speech), and phonics (the association of written symbols with the sounds they represent).

BOP also addresses specific skill areas needed by the child who is blind, such as language development, sound discrimination, tactual discrimination, and concept development. Braille contractions are introduced from the beginning along with sound and letter associations.

Features of Building on Patterns

  • Groups of contractions are taught together when logical to do so.
  • Easily confused letters and words are introduced at different times.
  • Ideas for incorporating technology are given.
  • Lessons are flexible and can be adapted to fit a given student or students.
  • Enrichment activities are suggested for additional practice or homework.
  • Read-aloud books to go along with the lesson are suggested.
  • Punctuation is eliminated except for the capital at the kindergarten level and is introduced gradually thereafter.

Kindergarten lessons include a selection to be read to the student, questions to discuss, and an activity for the child to complete. Textbooks are consumable. Recommended ages: 4 to 5 years and up.

Note: Building on Patterns: Kindergarten replaces Patterns Reading Program Readiness Level. Other levels of Building on Patterns will be available in the future.

BOP Kindergarten:

Print Kit (Teacher's Materials in print):
Catalog Number: 8-78450-00

Braille Kit (Teacher's Materials in braille):
Catalog Number: 6-78450-00
Click this link to purchase Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Kindergarten Level Kit.

Teacher's Edition

Print:
Catalog Number: 8-78451-00

Braille:
Catalog Number: 6-78451-00
Click this link to purchase Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Kindergarten Level, Teacher's Edition.

Posttest Teacher's Manual Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Kindergarten Level, Posttest Teacher's Manual Print:
Catalog Number: 8-78452-00

Braille:
Catalog Number: 6-78452-00
Click this link to purchase the Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Kindergarten Level, Posttest Teacher's Manual.

Posttest Consumable Set (Print & Braille):
Catalog Number: 8-78455-00
Click this link to purchase the Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Kindergarten Level, Posttest Consumable Set.

Assessment Check-up Forms (Print & Braille):
Catalog Number: 8-78456-00
Click this link to purchase the Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Kindergarten Level, Assessment Check-up Forms.

Student Textbooks, (7 per Set):
Catalog Number: 6-78453-00 Click this link to purchase the Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Kindergarten Level, Student Textbooks.

Building on Patterns: Second Grade, Unit 1

BOP Second Grade includes more worksheets, part-word braille contractions, and other remaining literary contractions and symbols, along with the rules for using them. The curriculum also emphasizes syllables and multisyllabic words, and the effect of certain letter combinations on vowel sounds. For optional map work, each lesson gives the foreign origin of at least one spelling word.

Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: First Grade or equivalent skills.

Recommended ages: 7 to 8 years and up.

Print Kit:
Catalog Number: 8-78470-U1

Braille Kit:
Catalog Number: 6-78470-U1
Click this link to purchase Building on Patterns: Second Grade, Unit 1.

Building on Patterns: Second Grade, Unit 2

Note: Building on Patterns: Second Grade replaces Patterns Second and Third Reader Levels.

The Building on Patterns series addresses phonemic awareness (ability to hear and interpret sounds in speech), phonics (the association of written symbols with the sounds they represent), comprehension, fluency, and oral vocabulary, all of which have been identified as important for reading instruction.

This program also addresses specific skill areas needed by the child who is blind, such as language development, sound discrimination, tactual discrimination, and concept development. Braille contractions are introduced from the beginning along with sound and letter associations. Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) skills such as using tactile graphics and technology are also included.

New Features

  • Timed reading in each lesson
  • More independent reading suggestions
  • Simplified lesson monitoring sheets
  • Quick Read for silent reading and reading comprehension practice
  • Meet the Authors with information on the BOP writers in each unit

BOP Second Grade includes more worksheets, part-word braille contractions, and other remaining literary contractions and symbols, along with the rules for using them. The curriculum also emphasizes syllables and multisyllabic words, and the effect of certain letter combinations on vowel sounds. For optional map work, each lesson gives the foreign origin of at least one spelling word.

Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: First Grade or equivalent skills.

Recommended ages: 7 to 8 years and up.

Click this link to purchase Building on Patterns: Second Grade, Unit 2.

Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Second Grade Level: Unit 3 Kit

BOP Second Grade includes more worksheets, part-word braille contractions and other remaining literary contractions and symbols and rules for using them, emphasis on syllables and multisyllabic words and the effect of certain letter combinations on vowel sounds, and the foreign origin of at least one spelling word in each lesson.

Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: First Grade or equivalent skills.

Recommended Ages: 7 to 8 years
Click this link to purchase Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Second Grade: Unit 3 Kit

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