Ah....you are "Satori Smiles" mom aren't you?! :-) I just made Learning Room modeled after your Reading Room! You were my inspiration!
I had heard that the pattern is in the back. But there is a guy online that makes and sells upper and lower case letters so I was wondering if it might be nice to have lower case letters, even though HWOT doesn't specifically use lower case wood pieces.
You are right about how fast some children learn though. The wood pieces would just be fun for my son. He already knows how to write all his letters upper and lower by memory. He tends to prefer one way or the other for most of them, but nonetheless, he knows them. (Well, there may be a few lower case letters he struggles with writing.) He would probably have just as much fun just writing letters with blocks. And I can save those dollars or put those dollars towards some other things, like the slate board or chalkboard.
Speaking of the slate and chalk board with double lines...get both? Or just one? I already have a chalk/slate board, so maybe just get the one with the double lines already on it?