I’ve been in love with Montessori language materials for over 40 years, and I’ve had fun using them to help many children (including my own) learn to read and write. Lately, I’ve been focusing on helping my just-turned-4-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, with her phonics and handwriting work. She’s in her sensitive period for writing and has especially been interested in handwriting lately.
In my last post, I showed some of the name tracing work we’ve been doing. Zoey also loves creating booklets, so I was happy to have the opportunity to review the Montessori Letters and Sounds Printable Pack Bundle by Renae from Every Star Is Different. The printable pack bundle has book-making printables along with a number of others for working on letters and sounds.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of the Montessori Letters and Sounds Printable Bundle Pack for my review. My opinions are honest and my own. This post also contains some affiliate links.
Montessori Letters and Sounds Printable Pack Bundle
Every Star Is Different has lots of wonderful printable materials. They are very thorough and emphasize realistic images, which I really appreciate.
You can see an example of the thoroughness of the materials in the Montessori Letters and Sounds Printable Pack Bundle. It has 151 pages and the following materials:
- My Montessori Lowercase Letters and Sounds Book (Control)
- My Montessori Uppercase Letters and Sounds Book (Control)
- My Montessori Lowercase Letters and Sounds Book with tracing pages
- My Montessori Uppercase Letters and Sounds Book with tracing pages
- My Montessori Lowercase Letters and Sounds Book with fill in the blank pages
- My Montessori Uppercase Letters and Sounds Book with fill in the blank pages
- Lowercase Letters and Sounds Flashcards with Lines (Control)
- Uppercase Letters and Sounds Flashcards with Lines (Control)
- Lowercase Traceable Letters and Sounds Flashcards with Lines
- Uppercase Traceable Letters and Sounds Flashcards with Lines
- Fill in the Blank Letters and Sounds Flashcards with Lines
- Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Match Up Cards
- Letters and Sounds Picture Cards with No Words
- Letters and Sounds Nomenclature Cards with Words
- Lowercase Letters and Sounds Clip Cards
- Uppercase Letters and Sounds Clip Cards
The bundle is available in either print or cursive. I’m using the print bundle for my latest work with Zoey.
Our Current Work with the Montessori Letters and Sounds Printable Pack Bundle
I have a variety of Montessori language materials that I like to rotate on my shelves. This new pack adds a lot of resources that can easily be used for both variety and to focus on a specific aspect of the Montessori language work.
Letter and Object Matching
Zoey has always enjoyed Montessori language objects, so I wanted to include those as part of the materials. The photos in the bundle are of common household objects, which makes for a fun scavenger hunt.
Rather than using the same objects as in the photos right now, I added to the difficulty by using different objects for the beginning sounds. We do an activity where we lay out the sandpaper letters, Zoey finds the matching letter/photo card, and then Zoey finds an object with the same beginning sound.
I have all the sandpaper letters, matching letter/photo cards, and 26 objects on the shelf. When Zoey was younger, I taught letter sounds using the Montessori order and pronunciations shown in this post: Teach Letter Sounds Using Montessori Principles.
Making a “My Montessori Lowercase Letters and Sounds Book”
When Zoey was younger, we also did a lot of practical life and other fine-motor work to develop her finger and hand strength for writing. That made it easy for her to hold the pencil correctly when focusing on the correct letter formation in her letter writing.
Zoey was very interested in making the “My Montessori Lowercase Letters and Sounds Book.” There are different variations of books that can be made with the bundle, but this is my favorite for Montessori children. I printed it on cardstock for durability. The child can trace with pencil, marker, or crayon. We used a fine-tip marker in red or blue, according to the color of the letter. Then Zoey printed her name in the place on the book cover. We bound the book by using a hole punch and a 1″ binder ring.
I added Zoey’s book to the shelf shown above. She’ll have fun reading it over and over again. She’s proud of the progress she’s made with her handwriting, and this was a great way to reinforce that work.
To see more ideas of how to use the Montessori Letters and Sounds Printable Pack Bundle, go to Every Star Is Different and look for “The Montessori Letters and Sounds Printable Pack Bundle in Action.”
You can see more ideas of how I’d use these and other phonics materials in my DIY Montessori phonics for preschoolers post.
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