This post includes the Montessori Sandpaper Letters Initial Word Building lesson. It the 3rd work found within Montessori’s Pink Series Language.
Once kids get the idea of this activity, they have a lot of fun. Sometimes too much fun but at that point, you know that the time has come to move onto the next lesson: Introduction to the Moveable Alphabet.
Kids within the early childhood classroom and a variety of preschool classrooms enjoy this language activity!
My 2.5-year-old particularly likes playing “Knock-Knock”, which is a worthwhile extension of the activity. Language learning is exciting. Kids absorb the world around them and communicate in ways that astound me.
Sandpaper Letters Initial Word Building Lesson
Age: When the child has mastered at least the first 4 consonants and one vowel sound.
Materials: Sandpaper letters
- To begin forming and reading three letter short vowel phonetic words.
- Preparation for writing, reading, and spelling.
Prerequisites: Child recognizes 3-4 consonant sounds and one vowel sound.
Sandpaper Letters Initial Word Building Presentation:
- Invite the child to do the work
- Bring the consonant sounds and the one vowel sound the child knows, for example: (c, s, m, t, a), to the table or work rug
Place the family word (_at), (“a” and “t”) in front of child. Have the child feel and say each sound as it is placed on the table (“a” “t”).
Place the first consonant to the left of (“a” “t”) and say “m” “at.” Repeat each time bringing the “m” closer and saying “m”…”at,” “m”..”at” until all 3 letters touch and form one fluid word.
- Ask the child to sound out each letter without feeling the letters. Then have him repeat more rapidly until he is actually pronouncing the word.
- Remove the (m) and repeat with (“c” “a” “t”).
- Repeat with (“s” “a” “t”). 8. After the child understands that he is reading words, exchange initial consonant many times. The child reads the word formed each time (cat, mat, sat, mat).
- Continue this method isolating each vowel with sandpaper letters.
Points of Interest:
- Different colors of vowels and consonants
- The sounds
- The shapes of the letters
- Tracing the letters
- The act of scanning
- Colors of vowels
- Colors of consonants
- How the letters fit into the box
- Sandpaper letters are placed on the table surface directly in front of the child.
- No other material is on the table in order to avoid distraction.
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