# The Braille Pals Buzz

## Volume 4, Issue 3

### What’s Buzzing with the NFB Braille Pals Team?

Do you have good pictures of you and your child reading Braille books? We are always looking for pictures of children and adults reading Braille and would welcome submissions from participants in the NFB Braille Reading Pals Club. You can send your pictures to Natalie Shaheen at [email protected], or submit them through the NFB Read Across America form, which will remain up throughout the year.

If you have any questions about Braille Reading Pals Club, please don’t hesitate to contact Tim Jones at [email protected], or (410) 659-9314, extension 2312.

### Literacy Hints from the Hive

This month’s literacy hint from the hive focuses on numeracy—the understanding of numerical concepts.

Like traditional literacy, numeracy activities should be incorporated into a young child’s daily life. This is not hard to do since math is everywhere. There are numerous creative parents and teachers who have already come up with fun ways to teach children about numbers and other math concepts.With a few minor modifications the ideas developed for print readers will work fabulously for your budding Braille reader!

In case you are not familiar with how to write numbers in Braille, the picture below depicts how each numeral, zero to nine, is written in Braille and then how numbers with multiple digits are written. To create a number, the number sign (dots 3-4-5-6) is placed in front of the first ten letters of the alphabet. So, a number sign followed by a dot 1 (an “a”) represents the number 1. A number sign followed by a dot 1-2 (a “b”) represents the number 2. And the pattern continues.

This is how we represent numbers in the literary Braille code. When your child begins learning numeracy concepts like subtraction, addition, fractions, and so on, the Nemeth Braille code, which is specifically for math, should be used.

The ideas about teaching numeracy to young children that are explained in the links below can be adapted by adding Braille numbers to the given material.

Have you read an article or blog post about early literacy or Braille that you’ve found particularly useful? Share it with us so we can share it with others who read this newsletter.

### Braille Book Review

Green Eggs and Ham
By Dr. Seuss
Available from Seedlings

Everyone loves Dr. Seuss books—they are timeless classics. Green Eggs and Ham is full of fun rhymes and also contains a great message about trying new and different things. After reading this story with your child, have him or her write their own story about a food they don’t like but may someday change their mind about liking. You could also try the games mentioned in Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss Games. To adapt the green egg word chunk spinners, put a sheet of contact paper or sticker paper into a slate or Braille writer and write the appropriate letters or contractions in Braille. Then peel and stick the labels to the egg (on top of the print if you opted for the clear contact paper or next to the print if you opted for the sticker paper). You might also want to read the Green Eggs and Ham inspired, Seuss-style rhyme, Dale, Gale, and Their Braille Tale, which was written by participants in the NFB BELL seminar in late February.

Dale, Gale, and Their Braille Tale

I am Dale and I read Braille.
I am Gale. What is Braille?

Braille is dots, lots and lots.
Each dot has its special spot.

I’d rather climb a mountain trail.

Dale, these dots are hard to see.
Large print is fine, so let me be.

I do not have vision, Gale.
That is why I must read Braille.

Would you read Braille here or there?

Oh dear Gale, I love my Braille.

Would you read it in a house?
Would you read it to a mouse?

I do read it in my house.
I do read it to my mouse.

### Buzzes and Tweets

#### Text2Give:

The NFB has launched the Text2Give program, a fundraising effort focused on improving education and technology for blind Americans. The effort also supports other NFB initiatives. The Text2Give program enables anyone with a cellular telephone to give a \$10 contribution by text message. The contributions will go to the NFB Imagination Fund, which supports the education, technology, and research projects of the NFB Jernigan Institute, as well as programs conducted by the fifty-two affiliates and over seven hundred local chapters of the Federation. The Imagination Fund supports a number of innovative programs. For example, some programs encourage blind youth to participate in scientific careers, while others help senior citizens adjust to vision loss. By encouraging friends, family, and others to text the word NFB to 85944, you can help raise critical funds for NFB programs at the local, state, and national level.

Follow @NFB_Voice on Twitter to get news and information from the National Federation of the Blind.

Follow @BrailleLiteracy on Twitter to get timely Braille news, information, and tips.

Become a friend of NFB Whozit on Facebook to stay current with all the new things happening at the NFB Jernigan Institute.

#### Books for Busy Bees

Sighted children have access to print books all around them. It is important to offer our blind children the same exposure. Here are several sources for obtaining Braille books:

The Braille Storybook Resources page has a comprehensive list of sources for Braille books.

NFB ShareBraille is a free service that facilitates the exchange of Braille books through a community-run library. Go online to trade your Braille books or to request books from other NFB ShareBraille users.

The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF) Each year the AAF breaks new ground by offering fresh and interesting titles and series that are sometimes overlooked in the Braille community. This year we are continuing the Step Into Reading: Step 3 series with books about history, friendship, giants, and transportation. Learn about everything from Francis Scott Key to trains to how to help the Earth in this easy-to-read series.

For our older readers we have a series of award-winning books entitled Club CSI. These titles are very popular with teachers, librarians, and students of all ages. Each book is a new mystery waiting to be solved. Can you solve the crime before the members of Club CSI? For more information about this program please contact:

American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults (AAF)
Free Braille Books Program
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9314, extension 2287
Fax (410) 659-5129
E-mail: [email protected]

The National Federation of the Blind Independence Market offers blindness-related literature, resources, and products as a service to individuals who are blind or experiencing vision loss, to their friends and families, and to the general public. For more information please contact:

NFB Independence Market
200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9314, extension 2216
Fax: (410) 685-2340
E-mail: [email protected]