TACK-TILES®: A first lesson
same/different and beyond
Materials needed: TACK-TILES® Braille
Systems literary code version. Pre-Brailled paper
Setup: Use a large TACK-TILES® support
slate. Construct a row across the slate using twenty five and
six dot TACK-TILES®. Remove one to three TACK-TILES® at
random and replace these with letter "a" TACK-TILES®.
Using a brailler, Braille printer, or slate and stylus create
rows of twenty Braille signs on a sheet of paper. The top rows
should consist of only "for" signs with "a's"
Skills targeted: Tactile sensitivity, same
and different. Braille code.
Procedure: Using as much proper Braille
procedure as can be applied have the student locate and count
the letter "a" TACK-TILES® as the number and positions
change. When confidence shows its face do the same on paper. Modify
the procedure as needed. Much further along in the series of exercises,
determine: can the finger pad distinguish letters "g"
among the "for" signs? Even further: can the finger
pads distinguish and identify letter "g" with dots one,
or two, or three or four or any combination of these missing?
Further on: can the finger pads fell and identify the addition
of dot three? Therein in lies most of grade one Braille code.