Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted to learn Braille. I used to call it, the beautiful language of the hands. Needless to say, I never ventured out to learn because quite frankly, I was too intimidated.
Learning Braille with Dots and Dottie: Dottie and Dots See Animal Spots by Kristie Smith (iUniverse, 2007) is an easy to read and easy to learn book on learning Braille. It’s actually fun! FUN ON FRIDAY!!!W hoo Hoo!
Illustrated by Kandice Knorr, Dottie and Dots See Animal Spots takes you through the ABCs and DOTS 1,2,3s.
Smith says, "Dottie and Dots See Animal Spots is an easy-to-read book for both children and adults. Dottie and Dots are two silly Braille cell characters who travel to the zoo. They begin to see Braille letters and words as they visit the animals. They will teach you how to read simple words in Braille through their adventure to the zoo."
What’s also helpful are the Tips for Sighted People who know a Visually Impaired Person. For example, Kristie says, "allow the VIP to be as independent as possible but assist them when they need or ask for help."
I am away this weekend on a much needed respite to Garnet Hill Lodge in the Adirondacks Mountains. It’s the perfect environment to teach Braille to my children. Thanks, Kristie!
By the way, Kristie, if you are reading this, could you comment on "correct language" when it comes to people with disabilities? It’s an area that is oftentimes overlooked.