This week, we followed up on our zoo field trip by putting out several works related to zoo animals. Both Bug and Monkey *loved* this, and they just love animals. It also worked out well that we are studying South Africa as part of our geography unit, and thus also studying Africa, and African animals!
To help Monkey with her alphabet, I found this *fabulous* product called “The SENSEational Alphabet” by http://www.sensesationalalphabet.com/ . This book is absolutely wonderful, especially for those children who may have sensory issues, learning disabilities, or other issues. With Monkey’s soon-to-be likely diagnosis of autism, along with her sensory issues, this book really helps her learn the way she learns best. This book hits so many different learning styles–the letter is written on each page, there is a button where the name of the letter and an example of a word starting with that letter are pronounced, each letter is written in Braille, then there is an object on each page to look at. Often, these objects either have something to smell or something to touch/manipulate. So, for example, for the letter A, she would see “Aa” and a picture of an apple (which happens to have some tactile texture to it for her to feel), then she could press the red button to hear the “A, a, Apple”. Then, if she knew Braille (which she doesn’t. LOL!), she could also feel the letter A that way.