I told you about this project I had started last spring. Well, our tactlile alphabet book is not finished yet but it is already in use.
Probably influenced by Leonardo, Gloria is starting to show a growing interest for the alphabet. So I thought it’d be the right time to give her this Montessori-inspired book. It’s a bare book on which I’ve glued felt letters. Gloria designed the cover.
The principle is the same of the Montessori sand paper letters, learning the alphabet through the sense of touch. The child traces the letter with her finger, feeling the sandpapered surface (or in this case, the felt surface).
So the child will prepare herself, through sensorial memory, to trace the graphic symbols. She’ll learn by playing, without effort. I’ve chosen light-coloured felt as it’s meant to stimulate the sense of touch, not of sight. The letters are still visible anyway.
As I said before, the book is not finished yet. I was planning to add beside each letter the image of an object starting with the letter itself. Leonardo and Gloria are taking pictures to finish this project, which is far from being completed. Also because we’re starting to like it this way!