Daily manipulables


These bathtub letters have demonstrated the versatility of manipulables of the alphabetic and numeric base units. My daughter learns orthographic conventions like placing letters left to right, phonetic stuff like peppering words with vowels to make them utterable, and symbolic conventions like this, her invention of a “new calendar” with different numbering systems. She pairs letters together which can be wedged together and makes boats out of them, asking what the paired letters might stand for: UV, HR, DA, and even two-letter phonemes and words. She made a label for a birthday present and produced the spelling to “to” and “from” and “hi” largely thanks to her play with these. Now if we could get her to willingly shampoo…

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