Tuesday 23 October 2012

TT - Deaf/Blindness Unit Study

It's been a great week of discovery this last week.  Sir N and I have been on a journey to discover Braille and the lives of two amazing people born in the 1800's.

We read:
Video watched:
On YouTube we watched:
On the www:
Notebook Pages:

Craft Activity
  • We took a piece of paper and wrote out the words we wanted in Braille.
  • I made a template of the six dots used in the Braille system.
  • Sir N used the book to tell me where the dots needed to be for each letter using the place value of 1-6 for each dot to tell me.
  • We then turned the page over on the window and used a sharp needle to puncture the braille for us to feel.
We completed our studies with a trip to Melbourne Museum to see their Living in a Sensory World display.
  1. A Braille Doll to help children learn the system
  2. Reading about the display and feeling braille
  3. This lady developed a machine to print braille on both sides of the page making books that used less paper and fitted into libraries easier.
  1. The entrance
  2. In 1920 the metal plate to the right was what was used for maths.  The wooden square with the eight sided star denoted different numerals.  Pins were fitted into the star shape and depending on it's position it denoted a different value.
  1. Looking at items used by the blind.
  2. This is a braille keyring used to learn braille.  It is the next step from the doll.  From here the wooden case with metal braille letters is used to learn to 'read' braille.
  3. Braille type writter.
Sir N has been trying to form his own sign language this week when communicating with me.  It's been fun to watch and has inspired me to find somewhere the two of us can learn Auslan (Australia Sign Language)from.
I was visiting Betsy from the Notebooking Nook who shared this video of her daughter using ASL.  It was a blessing to watch and an inspiration.


Linking with
 Favourite Resources over at Learning All the Time
Collage Friday over at Homegrown Learners.


  1. WE visited in the month of SEptember Helen keller's birthplace. I created a post with a photo tour of it. You might be interested in checking it out.


    1. Thank you Tereza I added your link to the www links. Love your photos

  2. This is a fantastic list, Chareen! We just recently read the new book "Annie and Helen" by Deborah Hopkinson and we really enjoyed it.
    Thanks for sharing at Favorite Resources.

    1. Thank you Susan. I will check to see if our library has this one.

  3. Holy Smokes! You have just done my next co-op meeting planning for me! We are using Prairie Primer and I had not planned our next meeting. This info. will be perfect to learn about Fanny Crosby and Helen Keller and Morse,etc. THANK YOU for sharing.

    1. So pleased to be of help! Let me know how it went :) You are very welcome. I really enjoy making these unit studies :) Let me know if you find anything else that I could add

  4. This is an awesome list of resources! Thank you for sharing it! Pinning this for use with my own children. (Oh, and following too!) Yea!

    1. Hello Heather welcome to my bloggy space pleased to meet you :) You are welcome. What's your Pinterest user name ?

  5. This looks like so much fun! We are doing the Prairie Primer unit study this year, but I'm thinking we'll have to do this next year. Thanks for the info!

    1. You are welcome :) If you find any other resources let me know and I shall add them :)

  6. Thank you for sharing this Great Unit Study! My children have actually been learning about the 5 sense through our local co-op, and I think this would be something that I could add at home to go with it.

    Keri- A Home Schooling, Online Curricula Using, Unit Studies Loving, Co-Op Teaching, Craft Making ~>Momma<~ to DD & DS :`)

  7. This is fantastic! I'm so happy to be able to pin this on the Little House Link-up board - I think it will be really helpful to a lot of people looking for resources. Thanks for linking up!

    1. You are welcome. Thanks for the invite. :)


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