The EYFS curriculum has changed in the school my grandson now attends and the way writing is taught now involves non-cursive or pre-school letters. So this is my second letter board and can be used before children start to learn joined up lettering. It is compatible with many resources including those provided by Twinkl.
The first side has non-cursive, lowercase letters. The reverse side has shapes to help children start the journey towards writing letters.
The Montessori method is that be repeating things physically they build up a muscle memory and eventually that will become second nature and a writing habit when they put pen to paper.
Our letter boards are made from solid European Oak. It starts a rough wood, is then planed smooth, then sanded even smoother before being carved. It is then sanded again before being finished with a toy safe finishing oil. The boards are fully compliant with regulations and are CE and UKCA Certified.
Our letter boards are 39cm long and 19.5cm wide and come with a wooden stylus.
They have so many different uses. If you look on Pinterest for Montessori letter boards you will find lots of ideas. Just a few:
– trace letters with a finger
– trace letters with a small stick
– put small seeds, pom-poms, rice in the letters
– put paper over to do ribbings and then get the children to write the letter inside the rubbing
– games Can you find the …? How do you spell …?
– Use pipecleaners to make a shape that fits in to the letter
– cover some letters Which letter comes next?
It is a multi sensory way of learning and it works on the motor skills and muscle memory needed to be able to form letters correctly consistently.
Wood is a natural product and every piece is different and has it’s own character. These are individually made so no two items are identical. The one you receive may look slightly different to the one pictured due to the differences in wood grain.