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I am always on the lookout for educational fun things for my son to do. I believe they only work if he enjoys them. One item he does have fun with is his Roger Priddy's wipe clean numbers book he received when he was two. At the time he was a little young for it but he has grown into it. So I felt as he is now four and learning to do his basic letter writing I would get him the Roger Priddy's wipe clean lowercase alphabet workbook. My son and I are a great fan of Roger Priddy's range.
The lowercase alphabet workbook is a wipe clean book so your child can use it over and over again. It comes with a wipe clean (non-permanent) pen. The book is a very good size and measures roughly 22.5cms by 30cms. It is a spiral bound book making turning the pages easier for your child and the fact they stay turned it great. It also means you can fold the book in half allowing your child to just concentrate on one particular page. The book has twenty six pages, a page for each letter of the alphabet.
Each page of the book follows the same layout. At the top of the page is the letter and two examples of something beginning with that letter. For example the letter 'a' has an ant and an apple. The following line has three large 'a's' the first is written in thick bold black and this is the letter to look at, the following is the letter you can trace with arrows and marking to tell you were to start and how to follow around the last 'a' is the letter to draw inside. These are all to help your child build an idea and feel of how the letter is written. The following line has four 'a's' to trace with guideline's to show how the 'a' should fill the space. The last line has one 'a' to trace and then space for your child to practise writing an 'a' on their own. Each page follows this layout for each letter of the alphabet.
Once the pages have been done you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth and it returns back to new.
After already experiencing a Roger Priddy's wipe clean book I was expecting good things and I wasn't disappointed. I liked the layout of the book and as my son still struggled with the recognition of a few of the letters I liked the fact it had examples at the top of each page. The pen it was supplied with was a little rubbish and only lasted a few days but for us that didn't matter as we have a small supply of non-permanent markers for my son's white board and other wipe clean books. I never force my son to do educational things as I believe it won't help if he isn't interested but he loves the wipe clean books. To begin with he did need a little assistance on how to follow the trace letters but now he is a whizz at it.
The only other negative I do have about the book is how some of the letters are formed. I don't like how some of the letters have been written and don't feel those ones particularly help him. The letters a, k, t, w and y in my eyes are not written correctly for a pre-schooler. For example the t is written like a cross and does not have the flick on the end which doesn't help them when they come to joining their handwriting up eventually. I did feel a little let down by this lapse but never the less still think it is a good tool for my son and he loves it. The letters are on the large side but I feel this helps them with learning how to form the letters and I have noticed since using this book my son's handwriting has become actually smaller and neater as he knows how to form the letters, so a big positive here.
*****My son's opinion*****
My son loves his wipe clean number book so I felt he would enjoy this book too. And I couldn't be any more right he loves it and is happy to sit at the table and write in it by his self. To begin with he did sometimes get a little frustrated when he tried to write them by himself but he has come on a lot since he first got it. He has had it for over three months now and hasn't tired of it yet. I will admit he doesn't have it out every day like he did the first week we bought him it but it does come out a few times a week still. I also find it a great thing to take out with us when visiting family as it does occupy him for a good twenty minutes.
I have only bought ours on Amazon but I am sure they are plenty of high store's you can purchase them from. I have seen them available in W H Smiths and have been told they are available from Waterstones too. This particular book is available for £4.41 on Amazon (currently 3/2012) and I feel it is a great price for a wipe clean book that can be used over and over again and my youngest son will be able to use it too.
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