Hands On is a first stage braille reading scheme, designed for a young child. This resource introduces the alphabet and alphabetic word signs, strong contractions, a few short forms, numbers 1 to 10, basic punctuation and capitals. Hands On does not introduce the full contracted braille code, see Take Off (TC21413) for the second stage scheme Divided into five levels, Hands On includes practice books, a booklet of fun activities and several real stories at each level. The whole scheme includes simple tactile pictures and puzzles to enliven the reading material. It is linked as closely as possible with the Letters and Sounds framework, whilst not compromising the need to keep tactually confusing braille signs apart. • 32 practice books which each introduce a letter, contraction, punctuation marks or numbers, and provide discrimination and word building exercises using them; • 26 story books that can be read in any order once the practice books at that level have been completed; • 5 fun books providing a range of activities and games, many including tactile graphics, which consolidate and extend everything learned so far and encourage tactual exploration and familiarity with simple graphic representations. An accompanying teachers' handbook for Hands On is also available in print (TC21404) and braille (TC21405).
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