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.


This page contains a wealth of resources to support teachers of students with visual impairments as they use Building on Patterns Prekindergarten in early literacy programs with young braille-reading children. These resources are designed to provide teachers with additional background information, models of teaching techniques, and downloadable materials.



See answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Quick Start

This one-page “Quick Start" guide provides brief but important information for teachers about materials and information that can be used by teachers at the very beginning of their preparation for using Building on Patterns Pre-K.

These files are electronic versions of the hard copy included in the Teacher Kits.

Videos and Photos


Getting Started with Building on Patterns Pre-K

An introduction to the Perkins Brailler® and how to load paperOpens a new window (at the bottom of the page at this link)

Photos of hand-under-hand support

In the three photos shown here, a teacher is sitting behind a child with her arms reaching around the child. The teacher’s hands are exploring a page or toy, demonstrating an activity from the child’s perspective and modeling hand movements. The child's hands "ride" on top of the teacher's. Hand-under-hand technique allows the child to be in control of his or her tactile exploration.

Exploring a toy: This photo shows a teacher using hand-under-hand technique to help a child explore a toy with a bumpy, flower-shaped top. The teacher's right hand is around the side of the top of the toy, and her left hand is reaching under the top. The child's hands are partially on top of the teacher's and partially on the toy.

Exploring a line of braille (2 photos): These two photos show a teacher using the hand-under-hand technique to demonstrate tracking a line of braille. In the first photo, the teacher's hands are side-by-side at the beginning of the first line of braille on a page. Three fingertips of her left hand and four fingertips of her right hand are on the braille. The child's hands are on top of the teacher's with her fingertips almost on top of the teacher's. In the second photo, the teacher's and child's hands have slid to the right to track the line of braille.

Parent Letters

Printed hard copies are included in the Student Kit. However, it is recommended that you customize these to you, your student, and your student's family using the files linked below.

Monitoring Charts and Reading Roundup Consumables

Printed hard copies are included in the Student Kit.

Ongoing Monitoring Charts

Reading Roundup Charts (Lessons 10, 17, 25, and 32)

Sample Filled-In Charts

The sample assessment charts (in .pdf and .docx format) are partially or fully completed to show how to record data about your student's progress. When reviewing them, please keep the following points in mind:

  • Some of the sample charts were handwritten, and others were completed electronically. Either approach to recording data is fine for any of the charts. So, if a particular sample chart shows handwritten data, it could just as easily be filled in electronically. (Note: Print transcriptions of the handwritten information are included in the .docx versions of the samples.)

  • The performance of the students documented in these assessment charts does not reflect typical or expected progress. When following the BOP Pre-K program, it is important to move at the child's pace, using the data collected to plan instruction and address needs. Your individual student may move at a faster or slower pace than shown in the sample charts.

  • These sample charts provide suggestions for how to fill in the various data collection charts; however, you will want to consider your student's individual goals when taking data. Some of the charts are purposely designed to be open-ended so that you can focus on your student's unique strengths and needs.

Sample Ongoing Monitoring Charts

When using a screen reader with the docx file linked below, please make sure it is set to read some punctuation. Bullets are used before items in place of circling.

Sample Reading Roundup Charts

When using a screen reader with the docx file linked below, please make sure it is set to read some punctuation. Bullets are used before items in place of circling.

(Note: A sample News and Notes for Parents is available in the Reading Roundup: Lessons 10, 17, 25, and 32 booklet.)

APH Digital Recording Device

APH Digital Recording Device Instructions (.docx)

Audio Files

Below are audio files (.mp3) for the songs included in the lessons that are less likely to be familiar.

Braille Labels for Children’s Books

A set of print children’s books and a set of braille children’s books are included in the Student Kit. To create print-braille versions of the books, emboss the braille ready files (BRF) onto APH Braillable Labels and Sheets (Catalog Number 1-08874-00) or other braillable adhesive labels and apply them to the print copies of the books.

The files are set up so that the braille translation of each print page can fit within the length and width of the corresponding print page. There is a note under some of the book titles below to indicate instances where the braille translation will not fit on the print page; it includes the page(s) that will not fit, as well as a suggestion to emboss the runover text on paper and insert it into the book. The BRFs for each book can be downloaded by selecting the corresponding link below:

Children reading

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