As a new Entrant teacher, I created Anton’s Alphabet Recognition and Anton’s Alphabet Formation after discovering a need for material that catered for, and incorporated as many different learning styles as possible, into one Alphabet experience.
In Anton's Alphabet Recognition, the Anton song allows the alphabet to be presented in a happy and stress free way. The images draw on children's humour and experience. They are simple and bold, with the letters themselves forming the main part of the illustration. This allows children to form a very clear visual image to store in their heads
In Anton’s Alphabet Formation, Anton dives and bounces his way around the letters giving clear guidance on where to start and finish. The children’s knowledge of traffic lights is also used to clarify this further, with green always being the starting point, working through orange, and ending at red. The images and instructions appeal to children’s sense of humour, and Anton’s antics turn handwriting into a fun experience.
The knowledge gained through the Anton books will provide a strong literacy foundation on which children can build their future learning. It is my desire and intention that they will bring fun, joy, success, love and laughter to the hearts and lives of children in
New Zealand and all around the world.