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The Moveable Alphabet

Age 4 and onwards (some children will do this earlier) Use after children know most of the short letter sounds.

Purpose: To prepare for spelling, writing and reading.

Material: A large box with spaces for letters of the alphabet plus a few extra boxes for the vowel "y." The boxes contain several copies of the lower case letters. You can make them by cutting them out from stiff, thin, cardboard or plastic reinforced paper. Consonants are red and vowels are blue.  You can use this free printout of Montessori D"Nelian or cursive-type letters. Montessori Materials has several different font downloads for free too. Montessori Materials relies on donations, so if you can, give a little to keep them open.

Presentation:
Floor activity- spread a large rug for the work area. You open the moveable alphabet box and show the letters to the child. You make sure that the child knows where the letters are in the box. Ask to find various letters, such as, "Can you show me "b"? and so on. After the child has a grasp of where the letters are you begin by saying, now we will make _______. For example, the word "bat."
Ask, "What letters do you hear when I say "bat"? Usually, it will be "b".The child finds it and puts it on the mat.
Ask, "what other sounds do you hear?" Usually, it will be "t".
The child finds it and puts it next to the b
Next say, "There is a sound between the b and t.
" S-l-o-w-l-y  and clearly enunciate the word phonetically, b-a-t for the child.
The child will hear the vowel if he or she listens carefully.
Continue to make words with your child until the exercise is mastered.
Eventually, your child will be able to work alone.
Note: Make sure you use letters that your child knows. Also, continue to work on the phonetic sounds of the alphabet.

Use any of these 3 lettered phonetic words.

How to pronounce letters phonetically.

Alphabet learning the Montessori way teaches the sounds of the alphabet first.

Montessori English Word List for Moveable Alphabet, Reading And Writing Program                                      More Exercises and Lessons

2 and 3 letter phonetic words a-e-i-o-u

-a-(short sound)
pan
bag
cat
man
bat
hat
pat
van
tap
fan
rat
mat
jam
map
can
fat
ham
mad
had
bad
pad
lad
rag
sat
ran
tax
has
lad
gap
wag
gap
gag
lap
rap
yap
gas
lag
dad
cab
an
as
at
-e-(short sound)
hen
ten
bed
net
pen
peg
men
leg
red
web
beg
fed
led
wet
let
pet
set
bet
get
yes
hem
yet
met
vet
wed
vex
den
keg
jet
-i-(short sound)
tin
pig
kid
lid
nib
pin
pip
bib
wig
ink
vim
win
dig
hid
hit
sit
it
gig
bit
big
hit
bin
din
jig
nip
sip
lit
rid
tip
rim
if
in
rip
is
did
dim
fit
him
his
kin
wit
dip
fin
lip
-o-(short sound)
pot
top
mop
rot
dog
log
rod
pog
tog
cot
dot
hod
cod
rod
bog
hog
lot
not
nod
sob
hot
rob
hop
don
on
got
pop
sod
sop
jog
jot
job
-u-(short sound)
jug
gun
hut
nut
mug
tub
bud
sun
cup
rug
bus
sum
bug
pup
tug
cub
nun
hug
rut
sup
pun
mutt
bun
fun
dug
run
gum
but
up
us
rub
mud
hum
Challenge Words
add
and
am
act
ant
egg
elk
elm
end
six
mix
fix
fox
box
ox
odd
off
of


Here are some more exercises for the moveable alphabet .


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