Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Heart is Like a Zoo

…and my house looks like one too.

But enough about my domestic distress, this new picture book uses one shape to create a dizzying variety of unusual animals. Before children learn about letters, they must first understand shapes. Because we have seen millions of letters over the span of our lifetimes, we’ve stopped looking at them as shapes for children to decode. Letter knowledge is an early literacy skill that requires children to grasp that each letter has a name and represents a sound. For example, the letter “D” looks like half of a circle and the letter "A" looks like a triangle. Make a game of counting how many hearts make up each animal!

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