The Groovy Letter Book is The First Wave's first book in a series of early reading books, focusing on letters, their phonetic sounds for reading, and letter parts for writing. Reading is introduced by showing the letters and their phonetic sounds, the building blocks for blending letters to form words. In this book, letters are associated with pictures that look like them. This makes the letter fun and easy to remember.
"Learning the sounds of letters is a critical step to reading. We use the lowercase letters, which are more commonly found in words. We link each letter with an object that looks like it and whose name starts with that letter. For example, 'a' is linked with 'an apple'. By helping a child form a visual link with that letter, it makes it easier for the child to remember its phonetic sound, and how to write that letter," says co-founder Melissa Neumann. "We hope The Groovy Letter Book will be a foundation for many children's introduction into the wonderful world of reading."
The book is designed to be interactive. There are suggested activities for reading and writing included. Children are asked to say the letters' phonetic sound, and trace their little fingers along the letter, as if they were writing. Letters are cleverly broken down into 9 components in order to help children better remember letters and develop fine motor skills.