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Sandpaper Phonograms

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Sandpaper Phonograms are similar to the Sandpaper Letters — they are cursive letters in sandpaper on a colored board, each one represents a sound, and they are found in a box or sometimes displayed on small ledge in the classroom — with an important difference. While each Sandpaper […]

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DIY Montessori Sorting Tray

Montessori Activities

Recently I went out thrifting and found this Mancala board for $2.┬áMancala is available at any store with a board game section. It is also a cheap and common find at thrift stores. Originally purchased for a fun game, I opened the game up and saw, to my delight, two sorting trays. ┬áSimple, inexpensive, and […]

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The Path to Literacy

Montessori Activities

The path to literacy is unique in the Montessori classroom. Rather than begin by identifying common simple words — cat, ball — we begin with sounds, and move first to writing, then reading. We start with Sound Games, an activity with a child or with a small group when we introduce the idea of Sounds. […]

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Metal Insets

Montessori Activities

How do you use this material? The Metal Insets are displayed on a shelf all their own. The Guide selects one of the ten insets, or shapes, and the corresponding frame, along with a square piece of paper and three colored pencils, and find an available table. The Guide typically sits on a small stool […]

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Why Cursive

Montessori Activities

There are many unexpected moments in the way Montessori presents various concepts of skills to children, including the surprise of introducing children to handwriting first through cursive. The Sandpaper Letters are iconic — pink or blue oversized cursive letters in rough sandpaper for a child to take to a table and practice tracing and pairing […]

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