There’s such a controversy about how young to start teaching children. I’m in the camp of better late than early, but I also acknowlege every family needs to do what works for their family.
When my boys were little, one of the most helpful things I read was to show them letters in the environment. I really think this helped one of our boys to start reading, even though this was long before we started any sort of formal instruction.
At the time, we lived in the financial district of Los Angeles — right there at the corner of Fig & 3rd. ‘Most each day, we’d get out and about, the boys in the stroller and me pushing. I learned pretty quickly there was no need to push that stroller up and down Bunker HIll, and instead, we’d walk the skyways and cut through the office buildings (so long as we kept to the thoroughfares and public retina areas, security had no issue with us passing through).
As we’d walk, I’d point out to the boys – “LOOK! It’s a C! Look at THAT!” There are signs everywhere in the city, inside and outside. It was easy for me to reach and point to the interior signs, but wherever we went, there were no lack of examples.
Another thing I did was to create our own alphabet binder, full of familiar images that would reinforce the letter sound. We had pictures of Daddy for “D,”, pictures of Memere for “M,” pictures of trains for “T.” (By the way, living near the train station with young boys is like living near a free amusement park)
Recently, I received this gorgeous book in the mail. It’s so simple, but visually, it’s stunningly beautiful.
I can totally see how this book would be a super jumping off point for recognizing the inherent shapes of letters. In fact, I’m pretty sure we’d read this book and be off, on our own, phone in hand, on a scavenger hunt to find our own letters in our own neighborhood. Which kind of leads me to one of my other favorite things about this book…
It’s the work of a ten year old. Yes, it’s true. All these images were taken by Adam Solomon, ten years old. How cool is that? Adam is the son of Dr. Sid Solomon (a dentist by profession) who is an author in his own right. I love seeing this example of a father and son creating books side by side. Adam’s photobook (The Alphabet Book) is available to be purchased directly from Adam through Amazon (again, so cool!).
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