Materials needed: TACK-TILES® Braille
Systems Literary English version, Modeling dough.
Skills targeted: Braille code, memory,
slate & stylus
Setup: On a TACK-TILES® palm support
slate, write the student's name in TACK-TILES®. Spread out
the modeling dough into a flat-topped rectangle, at least one
inch by as long as the name written in TACK-TILES®.
Procedure: One advantage of TACK-TILES®
is that a child will be able to "write" his or her own
name at the same time sighted peers are learning to print theirs.
If the student can construct his/her own name with TACK-TILES®
this is what should be done. Otherwise much can be learned even
if the teacher constructs the name. Turn the TACK-TILES® palm
support slate over and press the TACK-TILES® dots into the
modeling dough. When you remove the TACK- TILES® from the
dough, the student can explore the indentations, compare them
to the raised dots, and gain some understanding of how writing
with a slate & stylus will work.