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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

UPDATED! Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program First Grade Level

UPDATED! Building on Patterns, Second Grade, Unit 7 now available!


Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts--reading, writing, and spelling.

Note: Building on Patterns: First Grade replaces Patterns Reading: Preprimer, Primer, and First Reader Levels. The remaining lesson units of Patterns First Grade (Units 2-7) and Unit 8 (Introductory and Supplemental Information) will be released during the 2009-2010 school year.
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.

Features

  • Braille taught and presented in a logical manner
  • Separation of braille "confusers"
  • Ideas for incorporating technology
  • Tactile graphics for teachers to explore with the student
  • Flexible activities designed to fit individual needs
  • Lesson overviews for planning ahead
  • Five-day lesson sequences
  • Homework letters suggest concept development activities for parents
  • Read-aloud books accompany the lesson (suggestions provided)
  • Appropriate braille library books (suggestions provided)
  • Lesson Monitoring Sheets
  • Unit Check-ups/Assessment
First Grade lessons require students to read selections themselves with emphasis on decoding skills, comprehension, and fluency. Creative writing, related to the reading selections, is included with each lesson. Spelling is based upon phonics skills. Worksheet packs, lesson monitoring sheets, and unit assessment packs are consumables and are available separately.
Recommended ages: 6 to 7 years and up.
Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: Kindergarten or equivalent skills.

Building on Patterns (BOP): Primary Braille Literacy Program First Grade Level, Unit 1

Print Kit (Teacher's Materials in print):
Catalog Number: 8-78460-U1

Braille Kit (Teacher's Materials in braille):
Catalog Number: 6-78460-U1
Replacement Items
Unit 1 Teacher's Edition:

Print:
Catalog Number: 8-78461-U1

Braille:
Catalog Number: 6-78461-U1

Unit 1 Student Textbook:
Catalog Number: 6-78463-U1

Unit 1 Assessment Check-up Forms (print & braille):
Catalog Number: 8-78466-U1 Unit 1 Lesson Monitoring Sheets:
Catalog Number: 8-78463-U1

Unit 1 Worksheet Pack:
Catalog Number: 6-78464-U1
Click this link to purchase Building on Patterns (BOP): Primary Braille Literacy Program First Grade Level, Unit 1.

First Grade Level, Unit 2

Cover of Going and Doing, Building on Patterns, First Grade, Unit 2, Lessons 7-13 Recommended ages: 6 to 7 years and up.
Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: Unit 1 or equivalent skills.

BOP First Grade Level, Unit 2
Catalog Number: 8-78460-U2 Click this link to purchase BOP GRADE ONE UNIT 2.
Replacement Items
  • Unit 2 Teacher's Edition:
    • Print: 8-78461-U2 -- $65.00
    • Braille: 6-78461-U2 -- $65.00
  • Unit 2 Student Textbook: 6-78463-U2 -- $17.00
  • Unit 2 Assessment Check-up Forms (print & braille): 8-78466-U2 -- $16.00
  • Unit 2 Lesson Monitoring Sheets: 8-78463-U2 -- $19.50
  • Unit 2 Worksheet Pack: 6-78464-U2 -- $17.00
Animal Tales Building on Patterns FIrst Grade Unit 3 Lessons 14-18

Building on Patterns (BOP): Primary Braille Literacy Program, First Grade Level, Unit 3

Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts--reading, writing, and spelling.
Note: Building on Patterns: First Grade replaces Patterns Reading: Preprimer, Primer, and First Reader Levels. The remaining lesson units of Patterns First Grade (Units 4-7) and Unit 8 (Introductory and Supplemental Information) will be released during the 2009-2010 school year.
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.
First Grade lessons require students to read selections themselves with emphasis on decoding skills, comprehension, and fluency. Creative writing, related to the reading selections, is included with each lesson. Spelling is based upon phonics skills. Worksheet packs, lesson monitoring sheets, and unit assessment packs are consumables and are available separately.
Recommended ages: 6 to 7 years and up.
Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: Kindergarten or equivalent skills.

BOP First Grade Level, Unit 3 Kit:
: Catalog Number: 8-78460-U3
Click this link to purchase BOP First Grade Level, Unit 3.

Replacement Items:
  • Unit 3 Teacher's Edition:
    Print: 8-78461-U3
    Braille: 6-78461-U3
  • Unit 3 Student Textbook: 6-78463-U3
  • Unit 3 Assessment Check-up Forms (print & braille): 8-78466-U3
  • Unit 3 Lesson Monitoring Sheets: 8-78463-U3
  • Unit 3 Worksheet Pack: 6-78464-U3

Building on Patterns (BOP): Primary Braille Literacy Program First Grade Level, Unit 4

At School Building on Patterns First Grade Unit 4 Lessons 19-23 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.
Features
  • Braille taught and presented in a logical manner
  • Separation of braille "confusers"
  • Ideas for incorporating technology
  • Tactile graphics for teachers to explore with the student
  • Flexible activities designed to fit individual needs
  • Lesson overviews for planning ahead
  • Five-day lesson sequences
  • Homework letters suggest concept development activities for parents
  • Read-aloud books accompany the lesson
  • Appropriate braille library books
  • Lesson Monitoring Sheets
  • Unit Check-ups/Assessment
Recommended ages: 6 to 7 years and up.
Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: Kindergarten or equivalent skills.
BOP First Grade Level, Unit 4: Print Kit (Teacher's Materials in print): Catalog Number: 8-78460-U4 Braille Kit (Teacher's Materials in braille): Catalog Number: 6-78460-U4 Click this link to purchase Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: First Grade Level: Unit 4 Kit.
Replacement Items:
  • Unit 4 Teacher's Edition:

    Print:
    Catalog Number: 8-78461-U4
    Braille:
    Catalog Number: 6-78461-U4
  • Student Textbook:
    Catalog Number: 6-78463-U4
  • Assessment Check-up Forms (print & braille):
    Catalog Number: 8-78466-U4
  • Lesson Monitoring Sheets:
    Catalog Number 8-78463-U4
  • Worksheet Pack:
    Catalog Number: 6-78464-U4

Building on Patterns (BOP): Primary Braille Literacy Program: First Grade Level, Unit 5

Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts--reading, writing, and spelling. Note: Building on Patterns: First Grade replaces Patterns Reading: Preprimer, Primer, and First Reader Levels. The remaining lesson units of Patterns First Grade (Units 6-7) and Unit 8 (Introductory and Supplemental Information) will be available for sale in the near future.
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.
Features
  • Braille taught and presented in a logical manner
  • Ideas for incorporating technology
  • Tactile graphics for teachers to explore with the student
  • Flexible activities designed to fit individual needs
  • Lesson overviews for planning ahead
  • Five-day lesson sequences
  • Suggested concept development activities for parents
  • Read-aloud books accompany the lesson (suggestions provided)
  • Appropriate braille library books (suggestions provided)
  • Lesson Monitoring Sheets
  • Unit Check-ups/Assessment
Recommended ages: 6 to 7 years and up.
Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: Kindergarten or equivalent skills. Building on Patterns (BOP): Primary Braille Literacy Program: First Grade Level, Unit 5 Catalog Number: 8-78460-U5 Click this link to purchase the Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: First Grade Level: Unit 5 Kit.
Replacement Items:
Unit 5 Teacher's Edition: Print: Catalog Number: 8-78461-U5 Braille: Catalog Number: 6-78461-U5 Student Textbook: Catalog Number: 6-78463-U5 Assessment Check-up Forms (print & braille): Catalog Number: 8-78466-U5 Lesson Monitoring Sheets: Catalog Number: 8-78463-U5 Worksheet Pack: Catalog Number: 6-78464-U5

Building on Patterns (BOP): Primary Braille Literacy Program First Grade Level, Unit 6

Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts--reading, writing, and spelling.
Note: Building on Patterns: First Grade replaces Patterns Reading: Preprimer, Primer, and First Reader Levels. Other levels of Building on Patterns will be available in the future.
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.
Features
  • Braille taught and presented in a logical manner
  • Ideas for incorporating technology
  • Tactile graphics for teachers to explore with the student
  • Flexible activities designed to fit individual needs
  • Lesson overviews for planning ahead
  • Five-day lesson sequences
  • Suggested concept development activities for parents
  • Read-aloud books accompany the lesson (suggestions provided)
  • Appropriate braille library books (suggestions provided)
  • Lesson Monitoring Sheets
  • Unit Check-ups/Assessment
BOP First Grade lessons require students to read selections themselves with emphasis on decoding skills, comprehension, and fluency. Creative writing, related to the reading selections, is included with each lesson. Spelling is based upon phonics skills. Worksheet packs, lesson monitoring sheets, and unit assessment packs are consumables and are available separately.
Recommended ages: 6 to 7 years and up.
Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: Kindergarten or equivalent skills. Building on Patterns (BOP): Primary Braille Literacy Program First Grade Level, Unit 6 Print Kit (Teacher's Materials in print): Catalog Number: 8-78460-U6 Braille Kit (Teacher's Materials in braille): Catalog Number: 6-78460-U6 Click this link to purchase the Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: First Grade Level: Unit 6 Kit.
Replacement Items:
Unit 6 Teacher's Edition: Print: Catalog Number: 8-78461-U6 -- $65.00 Braille: Catalog Number: 6-78461-U6 Student Textbook: Catalog Number: 6-78463-U6 Assessment Check-up Forms (print & braille): Catalog Number: 8-78466-U6 Lesson Monitoring Sheets: Catalog Number: 8-78463-U6 Worksheet Pack: Catalog Number: 6-78464-U6

Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: First Grade Level: Unit 7

Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts—reading, writing, and spelling.
Note: Building on Patterns: First Grade replaces Patterns Reading: Preprimer, Primer, and First Reader Levels. Other levels of Building on Patterns will be available in the future.
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.

Features

  • Braille taught and presented in a logical manner
  • Ideas for incorporating technology
  • Tactile graphics for teachers to explore with the student
  • Flexible activities designed to fit individual needs
  • Lesson overviews for planning ahead
  • Five-day lesson sequences
  • Suggested concept development activities for parents
  • Read-aloud books accompany the lesson (suggestions provided)
  • Appropriate braille library books (suggestions provided)
  • Lesson Monitoring Sheets
  • Unit Check-ups/Assessment
BOP First Grade lessons require students to read selections themselves with emphasis on decoding skills, comprehension, and fluency. Creative writing, related to the reading selections, is included with each lesson. Spelling is based upon phonics skills. Worksheet packs, lesson monitoring sheets, and unit assessment packs are consumables and are available separately.
Prerequisite: Building on Patterns: Kindergarten or equivalent skills.
Age Range: 6 and Up Braille Kit: Catalog Number: 6-78460-U7 Print Kit: Catalog Number: 8-78460-U7 Click this link to purchase Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: First Grade Level: Unit 7 Kit.

Building on Patterns: First Grade Level Posttest Assessment for BOP First Grade

Unlike the Unit Check-ups included in the child's textbooks, the posttest is an important, separate item that assesses concepts and skills covered throughout the First Grade level of BOP. A set of consumable forms is provided in braille for the student and in print and braille for the teacher. The teacher's manuals, available in both print and braille, give complete instructions for administering and scoring the tests and analyzing the results. Results can be recorded tactually on an accompanying line graph showing target scores for each subtest. This sheet makes it easy to see areas where the child is excelling as well as areas where remediation may be needed. Both the unit tests and the posttest assess the following critical areas of literacy development:
  • Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
  • New Reading Word Recognition
  • Dolch Word Recognition
  • Braille Symbol Recognition
  • Reading and Comprehension
  • Reading and Fluency
  • Passage Miscue Assessment for Speed and Accuracy
  • Spelling
  • Language: Grammar and Usage
  • Braillewriting
Catalog Number: 8-78465-00 Click this link to purchase the Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: First Grade Level: Posttest Consumables Pack.

Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program, First Grade: Reference Volume

The BOP Reference Volume is packed full of features to help a teacher understand the program and teach a young blind child to read:
  • Background information and teaching philosophy
  • Teaching guides for literacy, tactile graphics, and technology skills
  • Detailed explanations of the unit sections
  • Suggested additional materials from APH
  • Index of skills and concepts taught at this level
  • Master lists of new reading words, braille contractions, Dolch words, and more!
Click this link to purchase Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program, First Grade: Reference Volume.

Building on Patterns: Primary Braille Literacy Program: Second Grade Level: Unit 4 Kit

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
  • Simplified lesson-monitoring sheets
  • More independent reading suggestions
  • Spelling Dictionary
  • Quick Read for silent reading and reading comprehension practice
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 4 Kit.

Building on Patterns: Second Grade, Unit 5

Print Kit: 8-78470-U5 — $239
Braille Kit: 6-78470-U5 — $239


Building on Patterns (BOP) is a complete primary literacy program designed to teach beginning braille users all language arts — reading, writing, and spelling.
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.
 

Building on Patterns, Second Grade, Unit 7


 Print Kit: 8-78470-U7 -- $219.00
Braille Kit: 6-78470-U7 -- $219.00

Unit 7 Replacement Items

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

New Features

  • Three complete chapter books in braille
  • 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.

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