So, here you are…at a Montessori Language Short Vowel lesson. Recently you gave your child a short vowel word building lesson using the moveable alphabet and sandpaper letters. The child is ready for more. So, we move onto building words with objects and the moveable alphabet, and we say goodbye to the sandpaper letters because your child has moved on!
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Montessori Moveable Alphabet – Short Vowel Lesson
This Montessori Language Short Vowel Lesson involves the moveable alphabet and short vowel objects like “cow”. The lesson is in the pink level typically around 4 years of age. It helps a child form and read short vowel words. Utilizing the hands and moving right to left and up to down prepares the child for writing.
Moveable Alphabet Short Vowel Presentation
Invite the child to do the work. Go to the shelf with the child. Bring the container with the short /a/ objects and the moveable alphabet to the work rug.
Place the container of objects in the upper left corner of the rug. Place the moveable alphabet to the right of the container.
Remove the objects one by one, naming each object. Have the child repeat the name and place the objects in a vertical column.
Name the objects, make the first sound of the object while pointing to each letter in the moveable alphabet while scanning for the appropriate sound. Once located, place the letter that makes the correct sound on the right to the right of the object. Isolate each sound of the word as you continue to locate the remaining sounds.
Continue with this approach for the remaining sounds, one letter at a time. Point to the object, name the object, move your finger under the word from left to right emphasizing each sound.
Continue with remaining objects as long as the child remains interested in the work. Don't correct any misspelled words.
When returning materials to the container, start with the object, name the object and return it to the container. Then read the word and return each letter to its compartment. Then, return Work to the shelf.
So, what's next? You can give this lesson using pictures instead of objects and then onto using word labels instead of the moveable alphabet with objects, moving from concrete to abstract.