Hey, Hay represents a keen way to teach the alphabet to developing children. Through word associations, rhyming schemes, and pictorial representations, the book promotes effective teaching technologies to advance the knowledge levels of students from pre-school through elementary school. Example, “Pete Picked Patiently at the Prickly Pear.”
From an Instructional Design standpoint Hey, Hay superbly promotes learning technology strategies adaptable to many of Gardner’s Learning Styles, which places Hey, Hay on a pedestal. When considering platforms by which to advance basic learning and communication skills, teachers now have an exceptional new tool to aid them in their endeavors.
Most notably, children will develop a personal relationship with Haystack, a courageous horse who has appeared in several other works. This character bonding boldly prompts young children to develop a relationship based on trustworthiness which can potentially last for many years…much in the way Dr. Seuss and Fred Rogers afforded those of us in “older” generations for several decades, making Hey, Hay a must-read!