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the Sandpaper Letters


Pink Box with Pictures and Word Cards

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Metal Insets





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By the time the children arrive in a Montessori classroom, they have already fully absorbed their language.  They have already constructed the spoken language and will begin to consolidate and explore the written forms of language.

Since language is an integral component in the process of thinking, children need to be spoken to and listened to often.  Children need broad exposure to language, with correct articulation, enunciation, and punctuation.  Children need to experience different modes of language and to hear and tell stories.  Most importantly, they need to feel free and be encouraged to communicate with others.

With the child's absorbent mind, by the age of six, they will have reached the 3rd point of consciousness in the language where they understand that sounds and words have meaning and that these symbols can be used in writing.  They will become fully articulate and will be able to express themselves in writing.  They will be able to read with ease and have a full comprehension of the communication of others.

Key elements of the language curriculum include the introduction of writing before reading, and the breaking down of the constituent skills of writing (pencil control, letter formation, spelling) before the child actually writes words on paper.  Also, there is the use of phonetic sound-letter for teaching correspondences.  Grammar is part of speech, morphology, sentence structure is taught systematically through teachers and child-made materials.

"If writing serves to correct, or rather, to direct and perfect the mechanism of speech in the child, reading assists in the development of ideas and language.  In brief, writing helps a child physiologically, and reading helps him socially".  (1) Montessori, 1967, pg. 230 


Oral Language

  • Sound games

  • Enrichment of Vocabulary

  • Language Training

Preparation for Reading and Writing

  • Preparation for Writing

  • The Sandpaper Letters

  • Writing:  The Chalkboard and on Paper

  • The Insets for Design (AKA The Metal Insets)

  • Large Movable Alphabet 

  • Large Movable Alphabet with Three Letter and Four Letter Phonetic Material

  • Large Movable Alphabet with Blue Four-Letter or Longer Phonetic Material

  • Story Alphabet

Phonetic Reading​

  • Pink Phonetic Reading Material

  • Blue Phonetic Reading Material

Grammar: General Information

  • The Noun

  • Oral Introduction

  • Noun Cards for Objects in the Environment

  • The Phonetic Singular and Plural

  • The adjective

  • The Article

  • The Article and the Adjective with Farm 1 - The Phonetic Farm

  • The Verb

  • The Verb Game

  • The Verb with Farm 1 - The Phonetic Farm


  • Green Phonogram Reading Boxes

  • Small Moveable Alphabet

  • Green Lists of Words with Phonograms

  • Green Phonogram Booklets

  • Green Phonogram Sentence Cards

  • Phonogram Family Folders

  • Green Phonogram Storybooks

Puzzle Words

The Non-Phonetic Adjective Exercises:​​

  • The Logical Adjective Game

  • The Detective Adjective Game

The Adverb

  • Introductory Exercise

  • The Logical Adverb Game

The Pronoun

  • Introduction to the Pronoun

  • The Oral Pronoun Game

The Conjunction

  • Introduction to the Conjunction

The preposition

  • Introduction to the Preposition

  • Oral Introduction to the Preposition

The Interjection​

  • Introduction to the Interjection

  • The Oral Interjection Game

(1)  Montessori, M. 1967. The Discovery of the Child. New York, USA: Random House Publishing Group

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