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Learning Through Play: Social skills

Collaborate, communicate and understand other people’s perspectives through sharing ideas, negotiating rules and building empathy.

LEGO Braille Bricks activities’ aim is to work simultaneously on skills commonly worked at school (academic skills) or specific to visually impaired children (VI skills). Both are essential to deeply understand concepts and develop a breadth of skills.

Academic skills

  • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and peers
    • Adapt speaker/listener postures: accept turns, wait to speak
    • Consider audience in the enunciation system (I, you, he/she, you, us...)
    • Maintain attention and actively participate in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments
  • Articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions
    • Participate in the regulation of the group's progress through formulas such as "We have already said it..."
    • Ask relevant questions to extend understanding and knowledge
    • Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of the listener(s)
    • Consider and evaluate different viewpoints, attending to and building on the contributions of others
    • Nuance point of view by taking into account others' opinion
  • Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates
    • Speak audibly and fluently
    • Gradually use appropriate vocabulary and/or ratings to describe a situation, present an argument
  • Read aloud
  • Distinguish between personal and collective interests
  • Cooperate and share
    • Organize work in a group to develop a common task and/or collective production and make own skills and knowledge available to others
    • Work together to facilitate individual learning
    • Engage in the realization of a collective project (class, school, city project)
  • Respect, accept and appreciate differences of others
    • Feel part of a community
    • Take care of self and others
  • Understand, respect and enforce rules and regulations

Visual impairment skills

  • Utilize a wide variety of nonverbal behaviors to improve communication
  • Plan and carry out routine or non-routine activities requiring multiple steps
  • Anticipate potential problems, identify steps for resolution including alternative solutions
  • Engage in game, pretend play activities, verbal play with peers
  • Participate with other students in both leadership and follower roles
  • Follow rules in games led by adult, take turns
  • Comply with directions and limits from adults
  • Request and accept help from others, use peers as a resource
  • Negotiate with others to resolve problems

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Learning Through Play: Creative skills

Coming up with ideas, expressing them and transforming them into reality by creating associations, symbolizing and representing ideas and providing meaningful experiences for others.

Learning Through Play: Physical skills

Being physically active, understanding movement and space through practicing sensory-motor skills. Spatial understanding and nurturing an active and healthy body.

Learning Through Play: Cognitive skills

Concentration, problem solving and flexible thinking by learning to tackle complex tasks and building effective strategies to identify solutions.

Learning Through Play: Emotional skills

Understand, manage and express emotions by building self-awareness and handling impulses. Staying motivated and confident in the face of difficulties.