Well, are you ready for school? Cause it’s here!
This will be Tommy’s last year at the school for blind children. Our plan is for him to do a year of kindergarten here at WPSBC and then will repeat kindergarten at our home district next year. He needs to mature a little and get some more braille under his belt before he is ready for mainstream school. Tommy has already come a long way in his ability to concentrate on his seat work. That was a big challenge for him when he switched rooms and teachers last year. It was a move that made me very nervous, but has proved to be an important challenge for him. I think it can be incredibly helpful to have a new approach and to stir things up a bit.
This is Tommy’s second year with Ms. Megan and her team. He has a couple of buddies from last year in his class again and a couple of new friends too. I am excited to see what gains he makes in braille. We have lots of braille books but I haven’t done a lot of trying to get him to work on it at home. Instead I have focused on helping him to develop a love of reading. I think that if I can make him love books then I can make him want to learn to read. We read three or four books together before bed every night. I alway let him choose. He has some running favorites but I always try to mix in some new books.
Did you ever feel like you have to do “everything?” And by everything I mean do all the creative sensory games found on Pinterest, create your own braille lessons, outdoor exploring trips, and then run a marathon and ombre your hair at home? Yeah. I just can’t do all that. And I probably wouldn’t be a very good version of myself if I managed even half of that list. I don’t even get to blog as much as I’d like. But I can always find time to read with Tommy and I think that counts for an awful lot. We both look forward to it and I know it will help him develop a life-long love of reading.
Of course, no offense to the rock stars that are out there doing all of the above. I just want to remind the moms and dads that we are all just trying our best when it comes to parenting. Reading books, making french toast together, playing with the neighborhood kids, and going for walks is still pretty darn good.
Tommy’s Top 5 Braille Books
- “My No, No, No Day” by Rebecca Patterson – Source, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
- “Fraidy Cats” by Stephen Krensky – Source, Beulah Reimer Legacy
- “Froggy Goes to the Doctor” by Jonathan London – Source, Beulah Reimer Legacy
- “D.W.’s Guide to Preschool” by Marc Brown – Source, Beulah Reimer Legacy
- “The Mine-O-Saur” by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen – Source, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Honorable mentions go out to every Llama Llama book available. Sadly, when Tommy turns 6 very soon he will no longer get Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library/APH books. They are an incredible source of free books that are mailed to your home. Check them out!
This week I’m going to look at the National Braille Press selection of Children’s Books. And don’t forget to check out Beulah Reimer Legacy for an incredible selection of popular kids books in Braille. I think someone is going to be getting some new books for his birthday!