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Writing their first name, the name of the day and the date, the weather: these small everyday activities are part of the learning process for all children learning to write.
Written by Deborah Mulnard
Sep. 18. 2023
Deborah Mulard is a teacher for the visually impaired, from Belgium.
She uses LEGO Braille Bricks to make baseplates, like posters, that children can use as models to write Perkins-style without making mistakes.
You need a Perkins, a baseplate with weekdays:
A baseplate with the numbers 0 to 9, the current month and the child's first name:
A baseplate with the weather forecast:
The first step is to work with the child to identify the different plates and characters.
In this way, children who have not yet mastered all the letter and number codes can find the information they need and type on the Perkins brailler independently.
This system also works very well with children with low vision who can refer to the capital letters written in black on each brick.
It might also be a good idea to combine Lego Braille Bricks with a Perkins machine. Ann Jacobsen, OT from Denmark explains how to do this.