Monday, February 28, 2011

Dear Publishers of Early Learning Materials:

It would be super if you would all stick to basic sans fonts when formatting your early learning workbooks and materials. It's often confusing for a young child to recognize even an "a" simply because of font differences, especially when learning to read and write. For that matter, "g" and "g" look very different too. However, although this "b" is just lowercase "b," it can often look like a "6" if you use certain fonts.

Here are two sample pages from a workbook Matthew used when we started homeschooling at age 3. Check out the similarities to the "6" and "b" between the two pages. Also, look at the "g" and "a" on the bottom page. Not cool, considering that very book teaches the child to write those letters differently.
Be consistent, please. It would make life much easier for those of us who are trying to teach our children to read and write. The Hooked on Phonics folks have the right idea. We've been using Hooked on Handwriting for a few months now and they keep the fonts simple. The font for instructions and practice are the same; it's so much easier when it's consistent. This isn't the best example because it's the cover of this book, but you get the idea. Keep it simple, folks!

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