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.

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Building on Patterns Kindergarten lessons include a selection to be read to the student, questions to discuss, and an activity for the child to complete. Textbooks are consumable.

Recommended ages: 4 to 5 years and up.


  • Body Image
  • Senses
  • Feelings
  • Things Around You
  • Things You Can Ride
  • Things You Can Do
  • Colors and Color Associations


  • Groups of contractions are taught together when logical to do so.
  • Easily confused letters and words are introduced at different times.
  • Ideas for incorporating technology are given.
  • Lessons are flexible and can be adapted to fit a given student or students.
  • Enrichment activities are suggested for additional practice or homework.
  • Read-aloud books to go along with the lesson are suggested.
  • Punctuation is eliminated except for the capital at the kindergarten level and is introduced gradually thereafter.

Color Me Book

Color Me is an 11 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch soft covered book containing 40 raised-line pictures to be colored. Each page contains one or two raised-line drawings of an item that is usually the same color as the braille/print color word at the top of the page. The name of the item(s) to be colored is included under the picture in braille and print.

Image of a hatEach student kit includes Student Textbooks (set of 7), Color Me Book, Posttest Consumables Pack, and Assessment Check-up Forms Pack.

Sample Activities

Download examples of activities found inside Building on Patterns:

Teacher Reviews

quotation markquotation markMy student is tickled to be able to read words and sentences in braille. So far, he reads more fluently in braille than in print!

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