Reading Goodnight Moon

I had the opportunity to take out Debbie’s tactile books to Kelsey, a young braille reader.

Kelsey is in Grade 1 and is a very good Braille reader. She also lost her vision when she was 3 so she has a visual memory that she can reference when looking at tactile images.

Kelsey had never read Goodnight Moon and I didn’t do any set up before introducing the book to her. She dove right in and read the book.

The first book she looked was the board book with braille labels. I would hand her an object from the object bag while she read but found that it interrupted her flow. She liked feeling the objects but didn’t rely on them for meaning making. She seemed to have the conceptual understanding of most of the objects in the book. She especially liked holding onto the mouse stuffy.

The second book she looked at was the tactile graphics book. She had good fluency reading the book and would spend sometime looking at the tactile graphics but again didn’t seem to rely on them for information or decoding. She was curious about a few of the tactile graphics like the cat’s face with whiskers and the mouse. Some of the graphics offered little information like the lips and a finger in front of it to denote ‘hush’.

The third book she looked at was the 3D printed book. She spent a lot of time exploring the 3D printed plates. She especially liked the 3D plate that had the room and its many objects around the image. She was able to figure out the rocking chair, bed, and balloon without support or prompting from the adults in the room. She also discovered who the narrator of the story was…it was the little bunny in the bed. She was pretty excited to find that out.

She did find the pages difficult to turn of the 3D printed book which was housed in a large binder. She needed some existence with page turning at times especially as she neared the end of the book.

When asked to compare her preferences between the 3 different tactile formats, she said she preferred the tactile book to the object bag because she liked having everything together and worried about having to carry all of the objects in the object bag. When asked which she preferred between the tactile graphics book and the 3D printed image book, she said she preferred the 3D printed book because it gave her lots of information.

So that was interesting feedback from a student. She found the 3D printed images for the book useful.

Next, I plan to take the books out to a student that is congenitally blind and see how he experiences the tactile graphic supports.




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