The children explore letters and beginning sounds in the Montessori classroom in a variety of ways. Letter lessons, beginning sound boxes and “I Spy” are a typical part of the curriculum. A key component of each work is to make it multi-sensory.
The work pictured below began as a writing work with the laminated letter cards, a dry erase marker and eraser. The children practiced tracing the letters with the marker. When children were not using the work as much, it was then modified by adding playdough to mold the letters. The children who have not begun to identify letters can figure out what sound the letter makes from finding the beginning sound of the picture on the card. Each of these works are building blocks for reading and writing; they learn through sight and touch.
“The senses, being the explorers of the world, open the way to knowledge.”