Our version of Montessori's movable alphabet is still going strong in our playroom shelf! It's one of my favourite leave-behind activities for Ladybug Girl to play with while I'm at the office.
Want to see how we're continuing to use it?
|In hindsight I would have used the cheaper plastic alphabet magnets available everywhere.|
These Melissa and Doug magnets went from 550 pesos to 795 pesos in a single year - crazy profit!
|I put out a simple flashcard prompt at night and sometime during the next days she chooses the letters to make the word.|
|Remember: don't correct the spelling unless asked! In Montessori they start correcting spelling at Grade 2.|
|This one was for Halloween last October|
|A quick learning opportunity on the "SH" sound|
|I used PlayDoh letters and numbers set and set out a stamping 'pad' made out of moon dough over a small lid. |
Extra mommy credit for painstaking letter labels for my left-handed daughter, yes? Haha
|"My favourite toys are:" invitation to make a list. |
Adapt your words and handwriting to your child's skill level - example "I (heart) my toys:"
|Notice the use of a big D instead of the small letter d? She keeps doing this because that's how she learned to write the D in her name and it's gone uncorrected. This made me realise that it's time to correct that one in her name, at least.|
To make marks on the cooking tray, I used these dry-erase crayons:
|Now in Toys R Us in Manila! No more hoarding these things in Singapore!|
Our last one before school started. I'm looking forward to coming home to more stories and conversations through our movable alphabet play:
|"My summer vacation story"|
|"Boracay, Tagaytay, Play, Write, Buy Toys" made for an interesting conversation after I got home from work.|
She says "write" as "writ-uh!" with a very strong T sound in the end : hence the spelling.
For more DIY movable alphabet versions see Montessori Printshop's paper version here and Living Montessori Now's round-up of ideas here.
We have a little gallery of posts on the moveable alphabet here (find it on the sidebar too):
One hundred years old - and a year into using this at home - it's still shiny and new.
And now it's working-mom friendly too!