In truth, “teaching” the missing alphabet to your children is more a matter of perspective and use of language. Yes, the book is full of fun activities and things to do together, and things to set up for your child to do, both at home and on outings (those you are probably doing anyway some time during the year!), but the secret to this book’s power is in adding a layer of not “to-do” but “to-notice.”
As one business-owner creative mom who helped us with the book noted, “I realized this really wasn’t about doing a lot more or adding special activities, it was a matter of thinking about and seeing the things we already do with a new kind of lens.”
Making a sandwich can be the opportunity to add a “missing alphabet” element to the discussion, with nothing more complicated than starting with the idea of shape and adding a quick cookie-cutter to the experience, or just talking about the sandwich ingredients: wiggly round tomato, crinkly textured lettuce, squiggly line of mustard.
Give your child opportunities to use and share imaginative insights and fancies, keep a well-stocked shelf of “scratch materials,” and remember how much good conversation can happen during car pool. Putting on your “missing alphabet” lenses and adding this creative thinking perspective to your everyday life is just as easy and natural as putting those “regular” alphabet magnet letters up on the refrigerator.