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 Prekindergarten is a comprehensive program that builds literacy skills related to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in preparation for kindergarten. It incorporates the unique needs of young braille learners throughout the lessons. Building on Patterns Prekindergarten may be used as a stand-alone program or more flexibly along with the regular preschool curriculum.

Recommended ages: 3 to 5 years.


  • Speaking and listening—interactive read-alouds using high-quality children’s literature with an emphasis on oral vocabulary and listening comprehension
  • Knowledge and concept development—days of the week, weather, shapes, and other concepts relevant to the preschool curriculum
  • Phonological/phonemic awareness—environmental sounds, rhyming words, syllables, and initial and ending sounds
  • Reading—tracking skills, letter and number recognition, phonics, and independent reading of simple continuous text (tactile storybooks)
  • Writing—practice exercises, modeled/interactive (shared) writing, and name writing
  • A variety of tactile graphics
  • Enrichment activities incorporating poetry, arts and crafts, music, and movement

Sample Activities

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Teacher Reviews

quotation markquotation markI think it's an incredible program with an amazing amount of resources attached to it. I would use it in a heartbeat with any student learning braille who crossed my path!

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