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Ann and Friends
Stories for Beginning Braille Readers
By Ann Gelles

Ann and Friends is a series of animal stories designed to help beginning braille readers learn grade two braille.  Students are introduced to alphabet exclusive one cell whole word contractions and short form words as they learn and practice the alphabet.  As students progress through stories, alphabet exclusive dot five and dots 456 contractions are introduced.  This series of stories was created to help braille students focus on the alphabet characters and contractions before introducing them to other braille signs.  Alphabet exclusive contractions include such contractions as n for not, w for will, gd for good, ll for little, fr for friend and m for more.  Since “r” and “z” are troublesome letters for most beginning braille readers, you will notice that many of the main characters begin with the letter “r” or “z”.  Six stories are imaginary and seven stories are true.  A comprehension test is provided for each story. 

Online text and quiz of Stories for Beginning Braille Readers

  1. My Cat:  (this story about Max, a playful cat, introduces the contractions can, do, good, friend, little, very, have, and will.)
  2. Rex:  (Rex a lively puppy introduces the alphabet contractions not, little, will, after, do, not, like, always, either and that.)
  3. Zola:  (Zola is a bunny who likes to sip cola.  Alphabet exclusive contractions include good, friend, very, every, afternoon, like, but, today, will, not, said, more, the f-o-r sign, tomorrow, can and again.)
  4. Zip: (Zip is a pet ant who likes to zigzag every place.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are very, little, just, today, can, every, will, go, the a-n-d sign, that, good, friend, already, almost, like and him.
  5. Zeek:  (Zeek is a friendly bee.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are said, that, again, friend, do, not, like, great, friendly, so, him, the a-n-d sign, also, us, would, not, will,  together, go, after and him.)
  6. Zac:  (Zac is a duck who pecks my toes so I’ll get up to feed him.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are about, quite, the f-o-r sign, will, the a-n-d sign, that, very, so, immediately, can, after, also, together, every, afternoon, after, can’t, friends and friend.)
  7. Roni:  (Roni is a pony who likes to eat bologna.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are but, more, also, every, afternoon, together, o’clock, across, like, that, little, always, so, good and after.)
  8. Lucky: (Lucky is a show horse who isn’t so lucky.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are the w-i-t-h sign, not, very, one, the f-o-r sign, about, quite, young, that, the o-f sign, the t-h-e sign, almost, every, day, so, can, work, together, have, sometimes, just, right, already, would, rather, received, some, times, and from.)
  9. Ruby:  (Ruby is a lively puppy who loves people.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are just, today, very, quite, friendly, people, the a-n-d sign, do, not, like, that, together, o’clock, after, it, tonight, you and great)
  10. Bossy:  (Bossy is a baby calf who is always hungry.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are days, mother, not, the w-i-t-h sign, us, will, not, times, from, always, o’clock, every, the a-n-d sign, people, do, that, about and him.) 
  11. Honey:  (Honey is a guide dog who gets into trouble and helps Ann get around safely.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are name, one, quite, right, very, the a-n-d sign, young, works, every, day, go, from, as, can, like, people, do, almost, ever, the w-i-t-h sign, the t-h-e sign, the o-f sign, its, either, time, us, and after.)
  12. Zodiac:  (Zodiac is Kyle’s lab who loves to go hunting and fishing.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are from, name, friend, so, that, could, your, you, him, not, young, had, already, many, would, day, the w-i-t-h sign, the t-h-e sign, the a-n-d sign, quite, about, day, under, the o-f sign, little, it, there, afternoon, himself, as, more, and together.)
  13. Surprise visitor:  (Rosie is a skunk who loves cat food.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are the t-h-e sign, world, the o-f sign, many, people, their, cannot, have, but, one, had, it, will, father, mother, young, very.)
  14. Yoda: (Yoda is a true story about a mischievous homeless kitten. Dot 4-6 contractions.)
  15. Yuki
  16. Bon-Bon
  17. Noelani

MP3 Audio Downloads of Stories for Beginning Braille Readers, read by students at the California School for the Blind

  1. Zola read by Lucy
  2. Roni read by Natalie
  3. Lucky read by Teressa
  4. Ruby read by Robin
  5. Honey read by Joshua
  6. Surprise Visitor read by Teressa
  7. Noelani read by Peter
  8. Yuki read by Jack

AVI Video Downloads of Stories for Beginning Braille Readers, read by students at the California School for the Blind

  1. My Cat read by Amy
  2. Ruby read by Robin

 


 

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