Anna Swenson stated that “as teachers of visually impaired students, we have the responsibility to advocate for our students with reading problems. This advocacy may involve consulting with specialists (could it be a learning disability?), locating resources (would a fluency program help?), and providing targeted supplemental instruction, if necessary.”
But when do we find the time?
Finding leveled reading material to supplement a teacher’s toolbox can be difficult for teachers who work with student who are print readers. But finding ready-made material to use with a student who read braille can even be more of a challenge.
Research has shown that reading fluency will increase with repeated reading of material. However, finding the time to create such materials in braille can also be difficult. That’s why I am so glad that www.k5learning (a website that has generated free and paid lessons and worksheets to help build reading skills for students) has agreed to allow me to translate a few of their stories on different reading levels into braille. Over the next few weeks I will be posting these stories in a downloaded files (both in .brf and .lbf formats.) They will also be posted on the www.k5learning website.
These stories can be used for not only repeating readings but to introducing new contractions, reviewing contractions and as assessments! I will be posting how-to’s here on my blog as well as on my YouTube channel to help show how this can be done.
Swenson, A. April 08, vol. 102 number 4 Reflections on Teaching Reading in Braille. https://www.afb.org/afbpress/newpubjvib.asp?DocID=jvib020405)