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.
I’m sharing alphabet activities here that aren’t necessary designed as Montessori activities or printables, but they’re Montessori friendly because they can easily be used or adapted for a Montessori environment.
Montessori Tips and Resources for Teaching Letter Sounds
Use hands-on materials and activities rather than worksheets whenever possible. Emphasize lower-case letters more than upper-case letters and short-vowel sounds before long-vowel sounds.
For information on teaching letter sounds, follow the links in my post on teaching letter sounds.
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. If you’d like a specific order for introducing letter sounds, you’ll find common Montessori orders here.
You’ll see many of them in my post on how to prepare themed Montessori shelves.
You’ll find many Montessori-style activities for learning letter sounds in my Language activities category.
You’ll also find lots of free Montessori phonics printables in my post of free Montessori materials online.
Free Montessori-Friendly Alphabet Activities and Resources
Following is a list of some of the free Montessori-friendly resources you’ll find online with letter-sound activities. I’m just listing ones that have either lowercase letters or both lowercase and uppercase letters (or are activities that can be easily switched to lowercase). For Montessori-style language activities, be sure to emphasize lowercase letters. If there’s an activity that uses uppercase letters, just use lowercase instead. If it uses the long-vowel sound, just switch it to the short-vowel sound.
You’ll find phonics songs that go well with learning letter sounds in my post on reinforcing letter sounds with phonics songs.
I also have a post with free sign language alphabet and phonics songs.
Homeschool Creations has the original playdough mat along with many other activities for beginning letter activities.
Totally Tots has lowercase alphabet crafts.
- Red Ted Art has handprint animals alphabet (including e for elephant).
- No Time for Flash Cards has lots of lowercase letter crafts (such as b for boat).
- Easy Peasy and Fun has fingerprint alphabet.
- The Imagination Tree has lots of letter activities (such as the threading beads alphabet).
- Gift of Curiosity has 101 ways to teach the alphabet (such as road letters free printable).
- Royal Baloo has a Zoomin Moving Alphabet pack for each letter. The packs use both uppercase and lowercase letters.
- The Measured Mom has many free letter activities and printables (such as the c alphabet book)
- 3 Dinosaurs has lots of free ABC printables.
This Reading Mama has lots of free resources for learning the alphabet.
Hands on as We Grow shares a variety of activities for teaching letter sounds.
123 Homeschool 4 Me has alphabet hats free printable.
Blessings Overflowing has lots of letter activities.
Totschooling has lots of free alphabet and letter sound printables.
Letters of Literacy has letter crafts from A-Z.
Confessions of a Homeschooler has many phonics activities and printables.
Mrs. Jones has activities and songs for learning the letter sounds.
Montessori Mom has activities for learning the alphabet while cooking. This is a Montessori site, but I wanted to include it here since it uses activities that go well with a letter of the week approach.
Starfall has lots of fun online phonics activities. For a preschooler, you might want to limit computer time to about 15 minutes a day. Of course, if you prefer to avoid computer time altogether for a preschooler, that’s awesome. There are plenty of hands-on materials available.
Progressive Phonics has my (and my granddaughter’s) favorite Montessori-compatible phonics activities and readers. You can use this for free online or as printables. I like to limit screen time as much as possible, so I print it out. (It’s the most fun reading cuddled together on the couch anyway.) What we especially love is the way the readers make initial blending much more effortless. The adult reads most of the book with the child reading only the large words in red. It’s so much more fun and better for reading comprehension for beginning readers! Don’t skip the alphabet books even if your child knows all the letter sounds. Zoey especially loved them because of the silly stories and more developed plots.
Do you have a favorite way to introduce letter sounds?
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