Monday, July 25, 2011

Spelling using the moveable alphabet

D has suddenly developed tremendous interest in spelling words out.  The other day she grabbed the box that had "h-u-s-c" objects and our moveable alphabet boxes and did this:

Sorry that the words she built aren't clear in the picture as our mat is green too!  Her words are cup, can, strobery (strawberry), disc (disk), spoon, hedfon (headphone), umbrela (umbrella) and sizurs (scissors).  She wanted to continue, but we ran out of "s"s!  Here is a close-up view:

I purchased our green moveable alphabets without the box.  We were originally using red and blue magnetic letters, but these wood ones feel so much nicer!  For the box we are using these cheap Ikea boxes, but each box can only hold 9 alphabets.  So we ended up having three of them.  Also since the alphabets kept moving a lot inside the box, it was difficult for D to figure out which one went where, so I taped the corresponding alphabet in each slot.  It is a bit cumbersome to work off of three boxes, but we are managing and this doesn't seem to be a problem for D!  The moveable alphabet is one of my favorites in Montessori!  I love how a child can spell even if he/she has not developed enough motor strength to write!


  1. Great work! I love the moveable alphabet and can't wait until my son is ready to work with it.

  2. I really need to get this properly set up so my DD can try it (well with plastic tiles for now, sigh). Is that the small green alphabet from Kid Advance?

  3. Yes, most of the time set up is key and yes, I got these at KidAdvance.

  4. I always loved the moveable alphabet, too! You're right about the wooden moveable alphabet. It really does feel much nicer than other versions - even though I love the idea of making different types of moveable alphabets.

  5. What fun! The moveable alphabet is one of my faves too. Thanks for linking up to Montessori Monday. :)


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