Learning to write well is a long process for young children. Many of the activities in Montessori education prepare the child’s hand indirectly for writing. That makes it much easier to focus on actual name and word tracing and writing.
I’m excited to tell you about our latest printable pack … a fall-themed, editable name and word tracing pack. The fall images and personalized names add interest to the task of name recognition and writing. The pack can be used for any words or numbers, too! And there’s even a way to use the pack for cursive tracing, too!
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Montessori-Inspired Printables at Living Montessori Now
My daughter, Chrissy (a former Montessori child), and I have partnered to bring you a series of Montessori-inspired printables. The printables are typically themed and use a number of Montessori principles (although you don’t need to be a Montessori teacher or homeschooler to use them):
- They use isolation of quality.
- They use photographs or realistic images to emphasize reality.
- They typically use traditional Montessori colors such as red for consonants and blue for vowels.
- They emphasize lowercase letters, which are what we introduce letter sounds with in Montessori education. (Children tend to pick up the uppercase letters without being introduced if they’re introduced to the lowercase letter sounds.)
- They often feature themed printable versions of Montessori materials.
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Fall-Themed, Editable Name and Word Tracing Pack – and How to Use It for Cursive as Well as How to Use It for Regular Print, Manuscript Tracing, or Cursive Tracing
This is a new product in our Living Montessori Now shop! This fall-themed printable tracing pack can be customized for names, words, or numbers … a low-prep activity that’s perfect for classroom or home! There are 67 printable pages and 50 different realistic images. This is a Montessori-inspired pack to help with name recognition and writing, sight word reading and spelling, and identifying cultural fall symbols. The 67-page pack is $8.95.
There are directions for using a manuscript dotted print in the pack itself. If you’d like to use another font, you can! (Just choose it from your drop-down menu you’ll find through the pack’s directions.) If you’d like a cursive dotted font, there’s now one available for free: Learning Curve Ruled via Blue Vinyl Fonts. Just download and install it on your computer for cursive tracing!
Some Ways to Use the Name and Word Tracing Printables – from The Spring-Themed, Editable Name and Word Tracing Pack
There are so many different ways you can use this printable. Here are just a couple of ways from my January 2018 post about the Spring-Themed, Editable Name and Word Tracing Pack. (Note: Zoey is now 5½, so we’re using cursive with the fall-themed editable name and word tracing pack.)
Children can trace either their first name or first and last name. My 4-year-old granddaughter Zoey already knew how to spell her first name, so she’s working on her first and last name here.
In early tracing work, I like to show where to start each letter when tracing the name with a marker, pencil, or crayon. It takes a lot of practice for young children to become comfortable with both forming the letters and starting the letters in the correct place each time.
Rainbow writing is a fun way to practice name tracing, word tracing, or number tracing. Typically, the colors of the rainbow are used. For example, the child will trace over his or her name in red, then orange, then yellow, then green, etc., to create a rainbow of colors. It adds interest to writing. Since this is holiday writing, we used red, yellow, and green colored pencils for the rainbow writing.
The finished strips can be used for hooks, cubbies, or any place you’d like a name or word label.
You can use the editable printables to trace name, words, or numbers. The directions for using them are on a page in the pack.
If you’re working on word writing and would like help with introducing phonetic sounds, introducing object with sounds, or beginning phonics in general, check out my DIY Beginning Montessori Phonics with Preschoolers.
The day after Zoey worked on her last name, I decided to help her analyze her name using the Montessori movable alphabet. We focused on the “ch” phonogram in “chick.” In addition to using the chick label from the pack, we used a chenille chick and our small wooden movable alphabet.
Zoey enjoyed the work and liked learning more about the “ch” sound.
If you’re wondering how to introduce phonograms, you’ll find ideas in this post: Phonics: How to Introduce Words Starting with Phonograms.
More Ideas from Personalized Holiday Name Tracing for Preschoolers – YouTube Video
This short video of my 4-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, shows just a few more ways the name-tracing part of the printables can be used.
You can read more about our Holiday-Themed, Editable Name and Word Tracing Pack here. You can use a variety of fonts (including cursive) with this pack, too!
The Living Montessori Now Shop
We have some wonderful products for you in our Living Montessori Now shop! Be sure to check them out while you’re there. The prices are very reasonable, and you’ll find lots of help for Montessori at home or in the classroom.
Free Printables at Living Montessori Now
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