We have been learning about the history of the alphabet around here lately; inspired by a wonderful book we checked out from the library-
Ox, House, Stick The History of Our Alphabet by Don Robb (visit the link to see more pages of the book) chronicles the origins of our modern-day alphabet that begun 4,000 years ago during the time of the Sinaitic people.
A fun bit of trivia we learned today involves the letter E. Notice its Sinaitic symbol below- Most scholars today believe that the drawing simply represented a person expressing surprise; the shout of surprise- “he!”
Now notice that the letter A symbol is an ox, turn our modern-day A upside down and you can still find the horns!
I found a free activity guide to go with the book including a handout of the first alphabet of the Sinaitic people (pictured above).
The chart below is from Alphabet and Letter, the site includes some fun and interesting history about each letter of the alphabet.
Fauna wants to write her name old alphabet style…..hmm, I wonder if I can get her to embroider it then? That would be pretty neat!