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.

Second 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
  • Setting priorities and teaching the required skills
  • Detailed explanations of the unit sections
  • Suggested materials from APH
  • Index of skills and concepts taught in the second grade level
  • Master lists of new reading words, braille contractions, Dolch words, and more!

Posttest Assessment

Unlike the Unit Check-ups included in the student’s textbooks, the posttest is a separate item that assesses the concepts and skills covered throughout the Second Grade level of BOP. A set of consumable forms are provided in braille for use by the student and in print and braille for use by 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. An answer key is provided in the back for quick checking. Results can be recorded in an accompanying graph showing target scores for each subtest. This sheet makes it easy to see areas where the student excels as well as areas where remediation may be needed. Both the unit tests and the posttest assess the following critical areas of literacy development:

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

Scope and Sequence

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


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