Students using raphigraphes and reading braille books, courtesy Musee Valentin Hauy, France
Kids love braille!
They love the feel of the bumpy pages, and they really love figuring out the secret code! Louis's life and his code offer many opportunities for fun classroom activities.
Braille for the Sighted: Packed full of colorful braille word and picture games, this book is perfect for introducing the braille code to sighted kids.
Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille, for ages 6 and up, is a gorgeous new picture book biography of Louis Braille by Jen Bryant.
Just Enough to Know Better is an easy self-paced braille tutorial for anyone sighted who wants to learn to read the code using their vision. It covers all the letters, contractions, punctuation, and rules for reading and writing in braille. And it's easy! Ages 12 and up.
The English Braille Symbols Chart is an 11" x 17" poster showing the English braille symbols for letters, numbers, punctuation, and 189 contractions. (Note that this same chart is included in our book Just Enough to Know Better.)
Louis Braille: A Touch of Genius is an illustrated biography of Braille's life includes over 100 archival images from France.
Grab a packet of 35 Braille Alphabet Cards and hand them out to the class!