The main difference between adults and children learning Moon is that
adults generally approach Moon as established readers. Children, who on
the whole will have learning and possibly physical disabilities, will
use Moon to achieve varying degrees of literacy. A DVD and supporting
teaching guide are available from VICTAR at the University of Birmingham.
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Adults will usually need to be introduced to Moon by rehabilitation
workers and voluntary societies, which is why it is so important that
everyone is aware of Moon as a genuine alternative to braille.
The course supplied by RNIB is for adults who want to
touch read Moon (see Resources) and is designed so that the learner can
study Moon on their own. However, it may be easier and more enjoyable to
learn with the help of a teacher.
Rehabilitation Officers who specialise in working with clients with
visual impairments at the local Social Services Department (Sensory
Impairment team) may be able to teach Moon, or it may be worth
contacting the local voluntary society for the blind. Some offer
one-to-one tuition, or run regular classes where learners help each
other. Even if no teacher is available, they may be able to put a
would-be learner in touch with local Moon readers who are happy to offer
encouragement and advice.
The MoonCats Teachers’ Guide is available in print from RNIB. This
comes highly recommended by teachers.
School one of the teachers has put
together some mnemonics to help the pupils learn the alphabet and
numbers. Click on the following links for details:
Moon Letter Mnemonics,
Mnemonics for Moon
Here are some comments from teachers who are teaching Moon to
Moon is considered very accessible for students with a variety of
disabilities, both learning and physical, especially when fine motor
skills are not present. Using Moon has been found to encourage language
development. It has been used in conjunction with Language Master
machines (available from Drake International), where you can put the
Moon letter or word onto the card with the whole sentence being
To access Moon it is important to develop and consolidate good
tactile reading skills such as posture and using both hands, etc. These
are the same skills as are needed for braille. In addition, all the
tracking and matching exercises are just as valuable for Moon readers as
for braille readers. The Feeling Ready to Read pack (from RNIB) has been
used by a number of teachers for their Moon readers.
For students using objects of reference, it was found to be valuable
to introduce Moon very early on. By putting the initial letter of the
object in Moon on the object right from the start, the child is exposed
to Moon which allows incidental learning to take place.
Using Moon enables students to name their possessions and be exposed
to general labelling of resources in the classroom.
See also Resources