Working with a curriculum expert over at Saplings Enrichment, we created these alphabet cards as an educational resource. Not only do they help kids learn sound-spelling associations, they also learn about animal classification.
Every animal selected for the cards represents the sound most commonly taught in conjunction with each letter. Examples include using a grasshopper for g instead of a giraffe and using an alligator for a instead of an ape.
Little scientists will discover the kingdom, phylum, and class of animals through the cards. Animals include both invertebrates (arthropods) and vertebrates (amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles). The cards are color-coded and include a pattern of the other animals in their class.
We illustrated all of the animals to have exaggerated eyes, a light shine, and a loose style to be more friendly and engaging for young learners.
We picked single-storey lowercase letters, such as an a, because they’re easier for early readers and writers to recognize.