Last week in my post about inexpensive and DIY sandpaper letters, I said that my son absolutely loved Montessori sandpaper letters (Learning to Read Can Be Just a Fun Game). His favorite activity was matching the sandpaper letters to small objects, similar to activities using alphabet boxes. Today, I
Should you introduce letters to your preschooler in their order in the alphabet? Surprisingly, no. There are actually better ways to introduce the letters of the alphabet. In Montessori education, letters are introduced by phonetic sounds rather than letter names. And they’re not introduced in their order within the alphabet.
Last week, I talked about my son, Will’s, fascination at a young age with matching small objects to sandpaper letters according to each object’s initial sound. His intense interest led him to learn the phonetic sounds effortlessly. He even called it the “fun game.” More was at work than interest,
Maria Montessori believed that young children have a natural love of learning. Thanks to matching Montessori sandpaper letters with small objects, my son decided as a toddler that learning to read was just a fun game. Until my son, Will, was 3½, I owned and directed my own Montessori
The three-period lesson is a Montessori method which can help you clearly and easily teach concepts to your preschooler. It could be used to introduce anything from colors to letters to dinosaur names. The photo is a version of the sandpaper letters I’ve used to introduce phonetic sounds. To