Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tactile Learning with Braille Blocks

We have taken to **attempting** to teach Liam Braille recently, I emphasize "attempting" because this is a huge learning curve for us as parents. If you thought reading and writing were hard try conquering Braille yourself and see what happens. It's taken me nearly 6 months to learn it and I still sometimes confuse my "d" with my "f" and my "h" with a "j". My friend Leah has taken to playing Braille Hang Man rounds with me a work, which has helped, but that won't help a toddler.... Neither will the flash cards or Braille books at this stage. So it took awhile to find, but when I found Braille Blocks I knew, they would be perfect! What toddler doesn't want to stack wooden blocks just to knock them down and rebuild them back up again! And what do you have to do in order to do that??? Why, you have to touch the blocks, TOUCH the blocks. All fingers wrapped around the sides of each block, stacking and manipulating each one. So Braille on blocks sounded perfect, a perfect starting point to begin teaching Liam this great new language! Not many companies make them, but my favorite of those that I found were these organic, hand-made blocks from Little Sapling Toys. (I've added their logo to my side bar to navigate to their site!) Little Sapling has a wide variety of wooden toys, rattles, teethers, blocks and more! Most all of which can be personalized with your child's name! They are simply amazing!
So wish us luck, we've only just begun!!

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