When you’re introducing phonetic sounds, there are many activities you can use to supplement Montessori language activities. As long as you emphasize the phonetic sound for each letter, you can find numerous compatible resources that will interest and not confuse your child.
Tips for Using Montessori-Compatible Language Activities
Use hands-on materials and activities rather than worksheets whenever possible. Emphasize lower-case letters more than upper-case letters. For information on teaching letter sounds, follow the links in my post on early letter-sound activities.
Some homeschoolers like to do a letter of the week, while others introduce letters more irregularly but as their child is interested. I tended to introduce letters according to my children’s interest, rather than following a regular schedule for introducing letters. Just find what works best for you and your child.
Montessori-Compatible Language Resources
Following is a list of some of the Montessori-compatible resources you’ll find online with regular (some are weekly) letter-sound activities:
Homeschool Creations has the original playdough mat along with many other activities for beginning letter activities. Click on the “Need some inspiration?” links for numerous ideas.
Totally Tots has “weekly abc ideas for tots.”
Starfall has lots of great online phonics activities. For a preschooler, you might want to limit computer time to about 15 minutes a day.
Pocketful of Posies has lots of letter activities.
No Time for Flash Cards has “letter of the week” activities.
Mrs. Jones has activities and songs for learning the letter sounds.
Montessori Mom has activities for learning the alphabet while cooking.
Counting Coconuts has alphabet crafts and activities.
Do you have a favorite way to introduce letter sounds?