Non-Fiction | 21 July 2016Learning your first words in a vibrant way! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest This month we are all absolutely loving the new Learning Garden book – First Words: Art Charts by Aino-Maija Metsola. To brighten what has so far been a less than sunny summer, we have been adding the posters from this book to the walls of the office. We gave you a sneak peek at the cover and a couple of pages of this one back in February when we did a whole week of blogs about the Learning Garden series. If you missed it, click on the links at the end of this post and take a look – hopefully it will provide you with some useful tips about how important your child’s early development is and what you can do to help them enjoy their first steps into learning. Having the posters up on the wall has really got people in the office talking about how much they like Aino-Maija Metsola’s artwork. The seemingly simplistic pictures she creates and the palate that she uses made everyone smile. It also turned out that there was more than meets the eye when looking at the pictures in depth – something that none of us had expected from a book about first words! Each of the ten posters focuses on a different theme – all of which are looked at or discussed in the early years of first learning in nursery and at school. We have picked out our favourite animals and objects from each one and are super happy to share this wonderful artwork with you. Trust us though, the illustrations on every tear-out page are so vibrant and stylish you’ll find it tricky to choose your favourite! Woodland Counting Transport Sea Creatures Pets African animals The four seasons Shapes Colours Opposites Not only are the illustrations all so bright and colourful there is an extra bonus for parents (and hopefully children too) at the back of the book. Each poster has a corresponding set of ten questions which can be displayed below the poster with answers on the reverse – helping even the most reluctant learners interact with the book, posters and pictures. We’ve had a great time picking our favourite pictures from this wonderful book and as promised here are the links to those blogs from February along with a quick summary of what you can expect in each one… What are first concepts and what should I be looking for and thinking of when I hear people talking about them? On design and the illustrator, Aino-Maija Metsola How to get the most out of pictures and encourage learning through gentle questions spotting different things on the page as you go Why children love a good rhyme Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.