Monday, November 1, 2010

*NEW* Please Touch Discovery Station

When you visit the library next, take a look at our Please Touch Discovery Center!
Our new Discovery Centers serve to extend activities from our storytimes.

Children are encouraged to explore this area independently or together with their parents or guardians.

This week we are learning all about Braille.

Braille is writing system which enables blind and partially sighted people to read and write through touch. It was invented by Louis Braille (1809-1852), who was blind and became a teacher of the blind. It consists of patterns of raised dots arranged in cells (a small grid in a block) of up to six dots in a 3 x 2 configuration. Each cell represents a letter, numeral or punctuation mark. Some frequently used words and letter combinations also have their own single cell patterns.

We have created a station designed to allow you to write in Braille and experince the Braille alphabet.

Let us know what you think!

Academic Standards:
Academic Standards for Science and Technology: 3.2. Inquiry and Design: 3.2.4. GRADE 4: B. Describe objects in the world using the five senses.:
» Recognize observational descriptors from each of the five senses (e.g., see-blue, feel-rough). (Grade: K-4)

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