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Jenna and braille


This girl is sooo smart!
In February she completed Abeka 3rd grade math.  It is getting increasingly difficult for her to do her work, even with the CCTV.  Time to learn braille math.  She's been doing misc. worksheets until her books came.
We decided to have the same math text transcribed into braille.  In my mind, it would be much easier to understand the Nemeth code if the actual math procedures were a review, and not new material.
The Nemeth code is basically braille math, but let me back up a minute.  In addition to the braille alphabet, there are 265 contracted braille symbols.  Those are like a short hand for frequently used words or blends.  For example "ar" has a special symbol, so the word "car" would have a "c", then the special symbol instead of "a" and "r".
Additionally, in the Nemeth code, there are symbols for +, -, etc., plus money symbols, symbols to show that you carried a number, borrowing symbols, shape, percent, degree, and so on, over 54 of them.
Jenna helped me figure it out, since I don't read braille. After one "lesson" on the Nemeth code, she went right to work and did the first math lesson!  She will do the problems and when I grade papers, she will call the answers off to me....since I don't read braille.
She's an "I've seen it once, now I can do it" type person.
All that braille takes up a lot of space.  The normal text is just over 150 pages long(front and back).  The braille text is in 9 volumes, of 55 pages each, with braille on fronts only.  The book cost $970, as compared to under $20 for the print version!  We are so thankful to have Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, and are able to borrow materials from them.  As with this text, they will even make the books we request, then have them returned after use, so that others can learn from them also.  
Waid has learned to read at K-1 level.  His vision is not deteriorating as fast as Jenna's.  He is not mentally able to learn braille.  But he's a great dinosaur doctor!

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