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Bedtime History: Inspirational Stories for Kids
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Listen to the challenges Anne Sullivan faced when she first took the job of teaching an undisciplined Keller, and get a sense in this snippet for her teacher's talents.
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There's no shortage of frustrations we can derive from the idea of learning about the world around us with only three senses. For Helen Keller, had it not been for the innovative and adaptive measures Anne Sullivan went to help her learn to navigate the world, it would have remained devoid of much more than merely her senses.
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one day her mother was reading about another child who was blind but received help from Alexander Graham Bell. Alexander Graham Bell was also known for the invention of the telephone. They met him, and he recommended they go to a school called the Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts. They traveled there, and for the first time they met Anne Sullivan and agreed to move to Alabama to help Helen and first taught Helen Sign language sign languages where you move your hands and fingers in different ways to communicate words. For example, if you want to say you, you point if you want to eat, you motion towards your mouth with your fingers. But of course, this didn't work for Helen, so they tried to spell words into Helen's hand so she could feel them. But Helen didn't understand. It became very frustrated. One day at the dinner table, she yelled and started grabbing everyone's food off their plates and took control of the situation and had everyone leave the room. This made Helen even more upset, but An was determined to show her that even when she throw tantrums, she wouldn't get what she wanted before she could improve its sign, language should need to learn some basic discipline and soon realized that the only way to teach Helen would be to live somewhere else. So they got in a carriage and road circles around the family's home for a while, and then they stopped at a small home nearby. They did this. So Helen thought they had traveled very far when really they were only living around the corner. But it was important for Helen to know that only and was around, so she'd have to rely on her toe learn.
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