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January is National Braille Literacy Awareness Month, in honor of the creator of the Braille System, Louis Braille. Louis created the raised dot code for himself and other individuals who were blind.
Although Louis wasn’t born blind he became that way after injuring himself at a very young age by poking himself in the eye with his father’s awl. An awl is a small pointed tool used for piercing holes in such things as leather (Louis’s father was a leather-worker).
I had no idea braille started out as a military code which was created by the French Army. They used the code to communicate safely at night. So, braille was originally called “night writing”.
When Louis was a young boy he learned about the night writing code and from it developed the braille code.
I have a free Braille ABC Reference Guide at the end of this post for you 😉
I love going through the calendar to find special dates and creating our lesson plans around some of them. We can cover history, science, music, and so much more this way!
- Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind (Scholastic Biography)
- Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille
- A Picture Book of Louis Braille (Picture Book Biography)
- Helen Keller (Scholastic Biography)
- The Story of My Life
- Buddy: The First Seeing Eye Dog (Hello Reader!, Level 4)
- Dog Diaries #2: Buddy
- First Lady of the Seeing Eye
- Helen’s Eyes: A Photobiography of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s Teacher (Photobiographies)
- Seeing-Eye Dogs (We Work! Animals With Jobs)
- The Miracle Worker – 1962 version on Youtube
- Young Heroes: Louis Braille – Youtube
- Seeing Eye Co-Founder, Morris Frank in his own Words – Youtube
- How To Train A Guide Dog / Puppy (Part 1) 🐶🐕 (Practical Dog Training Methods and Ways) – Youtube
- How Blind People Write Braille – Youtube
- Writing Braille music – Youtube
- PinkStripeySocks.com shows you how to make a Braille Slate and Stylus.
- The Braille Trail: An Activity Book
- NotebookingPages.com has some wonderful notebooking pages to go with your reading.
- Braille Activities from Pdrib.com – these were developed for the blind, but a lot of these games can be adapted for sighted children.
- Use Elmer’s glue to write your name in braille on black/dark construction paper for some braille writing practice.
- Take a tour of Helen Keller’s birthplace here Creating Treasures
And don’t forget to download your Braille ABC Reference Guide here or click the image below.