Building on Patterns is a systematic, comprehensive, and balanced literacy program designed to teach young children with visual impairments to read and write using braille.

First Grade

Teaching Tools

Building on Patterns Second Grade Teachers Edition CoverThe Reference Volume is packed full of features to help a teacher understand the program and teach a young braille reader:
  • Background information and teaching philosophy
  • Teaching guides for literacy, tactile graphics, and technology skills
  • Detailed explanations of the unit sections
  • Suggested additional materials from APH
  • Index of skills and concepts taught at this level
  • Master lists of new reading words, braille contractions, Dolch words, and more!

Posttest Assessment

Unlike the Unit Check-ups included in the child’s textbooks, the posttest is an important, separate item which assesses the concepts and skills covered throughout the First Grade level of BOP. A set of consumable forms is provided in braille for the student and in print and braille for the teacher. The teacher’s manuals, available in both print and braille editions (sold separately), give complete instructions for administering and scoring the tests and analyzing the results. Results can be recorded tactually on an accompanying line graph showing target scores for each subtest. This sheet makes it easy to see areas where the child is excelling as well as areas where remediation may be needed.

  • Phonemic awareness & phonics
  • New reading word recognition
  • Dolch word recognition
  • Braille symbol recognition
  • Reading & comprehension
  • Reading & fluency
  • Spelling
  • Braillewriting
  • Passage miscue assessment for speed & accuracy
  • Language: grammar & usage

Scope and Sequence

Click the image below to review the scope and sequence of Building on Patterns First Grade.
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First Grade Scope and Sequence Preview


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