29 responses to “history of the alphabet”

  1. Becky

    We’ve been working our way through this book too and just love it.
    We also just finished reading the Phantom Tollbooth as a family read-aloud, with its own fantastical take on the origins and importance of both letters and numbers.

  2. The Orchard

    What a cool book. Thanks for sharing the book and for the link to the activity page.


  3. Cam

    NEAT-O!! I am so amazed by the similarities! I have to do more research on this… Thanks for sharing! Has spring finally sprung for you too?

  4. karen

    Embroidered! Oh my! That would be lovely…Great ideas! Love your blog. It always gives!

  5. Satakieli

    That looks like a fantastic book, I was always (and still am) interested in both alphabet and word origins (especially latin).

    I think my interest in it has laid a good foundation for the understanding of other languages, being a Brit living in Germany this has come in unbelievably useful in difficult translations!

    Shame my boy is still a little young for this, but I will certainly keep it in mind for when he gets to a more appropriate age!

  6. suchlovelyfreckles

    I’m getting that book. How cool. Maybe Blue Eyed Boy will get interested in writing. :)

  7. Dianne

    Thank you for all the great ideas for homeschooling we, my two kids and I, love your blog. We can’t wait to get that book and check it out.

  8. Basbusa's Mama

    How cool! Thanks for such an interesting post!

    This is just a suggestion/request in case you’re ever running short of blog-post ideas… I’d love it if you could think back and describe some of the outdoor nature-appreciation activities you did with your girls when they were really small, say, around two? I *love* how you find so many ways to help them love and be aware of their environment, but my daughter is still so little that most of the ideas are still in the save-it-for-later category. I bet you had fantastic ideas for toddlers, too, and I’d love to hear about them if you ever have a free moment!

  9. Annie

    Wow! I’m totally looking for this in the library. How interesting!

  10. Nicole (Frontier Dreams)

    Thats so cool, and if you could get her to embroider that.. OH MY!!

  11. kristen

    That is definitely going on my library book list. Neat! Thanks for sharing.

    kristen : )

  12. Jana

    Thank you for following my blog. I may not have found yours other wise. I can’t wait to explore all of your nature links.

  13. tara

    Ooh this is a neat book…. despite having a reluctant writer I think the chart will come in handy for secret code messages !! We’ll give it a try :0)

  14. Teresa

    What an awesome book – I’ve got to get that one…

  15. kyndale

    What a cool book! Thank you for sharing. I’m going to check the library now!

  16. Dawn

    You gals are always doing such fun things! Off to order this from our local library! :)

  17. mamabearscubhouse

    ooo! this post is exciting!
    its a must share with my kids!


  18. Amy

    I was a public middle school Social Studies teacher for 14 years, and one of my favorite units with the kids was when we would study the Phoenicians and discuss the development of the alphabet. Teachers around the building would always say that they always knew when I hit that unit because suddenly kids would be writing their name in ancient letters, or they’d confiscate notes written in a code of ancient letters. It was all so much fun!

  19. MamaBird

    Interesting! I’ll have to look for this book at our library.

  20. becky

    Love this, Lisa. We are taking several grandchildren on vacation this summer for a week and this would be a great book to take along because it would interest the children of various ages. I can envision setting up projects for the 5 yo as well as the 15 yo.

  21. Catherine

    Your post brought to mind 2 of our favorite Just So Stories by Kipling-
    How the First Letter Was Written & How The Alphabet Was Made.
    Here’s a link for them:

    Have fun with your Alphabet Adventures :) !

    Catherine :)

  22. Ivy

    You really do have the most interesting lessons with your kids. I love all of the books and sites and craft ideas you come up with. I’m thinking I’m going to be spending a large part of our summer “vacation” trying out some of these ideas of yours so please keep them coming.

  23. Shady Lady

    How neat! I noticed some Hebrew letters in there…

  24. Stephanie

    Cool! We did some different alphabets last year – I’ll look for this book.
    I like runes, myself! :)

  25. Erin

    This is fascinating stuff – just th esort of stuff that I can’t get enough of. I’m going to have to see if I can get this book at the library – I really want to read it!

  26. Nancy

    what a great book! thanks for sharing! I will definitely have to take a look at this for our kids.

    The theme of the book reminds me of two of my favorite stories, by Rudyard Kipling, from “Just So Stories,” called “How the Alphabet was Made” (which was a sequel to “How the First Letter was Written” [meaning, a letter written as communication, not a letter of the alphabet]. The stories are about a cave man and his daughter and how the little girl invented the first letter using pictures, and then went on to help her dad invent the alphabet from those pictures. I have fond memories of my dad reading those stories to me.

  27. Phyllis

    We had the same thing with the history of numbers by reading The History of Counting (I can’t remember who it is by. It was great. I will have to look for this one!

  28. Katherine

    Very cool! I’ll have to check that book out, thanks.

  29. childhood magic

    Only you, Lisa, would teach your children to embroider pillows in ancient alphabets. That’s why I keep coming back for more on this blog—you and your little ladies are all one of a kind :)