Connecting tactile activities to abstract ideas stimulates brain function in young children. When children under age five trace sandpaper letters, they associate a given letter with a concrete gesture internally. This association fosters more connections in different parts of the brain, rendering the child's mind nimbler. The acrostic poem accompanying each letter is designed to be read by an adult. These poems introduce the child to a famous site and physical activity. The letters of the alphabet thus become part of an exploration of nature, culture, and traditions. Tracing leads the way to a discovery of the world.
The systematic inclusion of maps suggests that learning about language is ultimately learning about the world. We are all beings communicating in a vast world of events, landscapes, and history. We hope that this alphabet book will carry a global message to your children, wherever on Earth they happen to be.
This book is too beautiful not to mention. The sandpaper letters are in a large format and are in cursive.
The pages are thick card but this is not a board book.
Part of the charm of this book is that each letter is linked to an action or activity in specific locations around the world. This makes it a fantastic book to read alongside a continents globe.
As the poem is intended to be read to the child, this is a book to read together. This allows the adult to explore the activity in the picture with the child and work with the globe together. For example Otis, my three year old would love the picture of fencing however it's possible it would need explaining, he knows of France however may need help to find it on the globe.
Over time reading this book would definitely have the child recognising world land marks (there are so many in here) - which I totally love and as it's cursive it's a double love from me.