Learning Braille Through Play: LEGO Braille Bricks
Here at PRCVI we love braille, and we love LEGO! We've blogged about accessible LEGO kits and using LEGO to support ECC instruction before. So we were excited about the opportunity to learn about the possibilities of LEGO Braille Bricks recently!
On October 3, Monica from CNIB Frontier Accessibility and Marie and Marc from LEGO Braille Bricks came to PRCVI to deliver a workshop on LEGO Braille Bricks to TSVIs in Metro Vancouver. Braille Bricks are an innovative (and incredibly fun!) tool for teachers of visually impaired students to use with beginning braille learners.
During the workshop, participants had the opportunity to learn about the extensive collection of resources and activities LEGO has created to support the use of Braille Brick. We had an opportunity to try some of the activities ourselves, both individually, in partners, and in a large group. The activities are all designed to not only support early braille literacy but also incorporate other areas of concept development and the expanded core curriculum. The LEGO Braille Bricks site lists an incredible selection of activities covering a wide range of skill areas. We had the opportunity to try some of them in the workshop, including:
In addition to these braille- and literacy-related activities, LEGO braille bricks can be used to support many areas of the ECC.
Thanks to Marc, Marie, and Monica for the opportunity to participate in such a fun and engaging professional development opportunity. If you are a teacher of visually impaired students and would like more information about LEGO Braille Bricks, reach out to CNIB Frontier Accessibility - Discover LEGO Braille Bricks.