In Montessori Teacher Training, we learned how to show the Movable Alphabet to children at the time when they have a decent vocabulary of the letter’s sounds. The teacher opens it like a book and marvels at all the letters as the first introduction. At my house, I have two three year olds who love and adore big kid work. They know how to respect the work, but it’s still a challenge for them to return all the letters correctly. My role is to help them succeed, so I had to adapt. Since they are so very interested in big sister’s work, I’m taking it as ‘following the child’. So, I created a few materials for letter sounds using these materials. Anything to make them feel part of it, right? If you have a spare Movable Alphabet, or even one with broken or missing parts, this is a great second activity using a classic.
They both love it. I added a special basket for storing ONE of each letter (usually there are up to 8 of each). Their lesson is matching the black letter to the written letter inside the box. The second activity I made for this purpose is matching small objects into the correct letter box. Anything tiny for little fingers is always a hit! It’s fun, it’s tiny and it stopped the frustration with big sister’s alphabet.
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Jessie is a Primary Montessori Teacher and Mom to twin three year olds and a four year old. Jessie has a Montessori blog at The Education Of Ours, and can be found on Twitter.