A few months ago my daughter was looking for an alphabet board for her son, now in Year 1, to use. My response was to say let me see what I can do. After lots of trials, and errors, it is finally here.
Using precursive letters, with lead in and lead out to each lowercase letter, the first side has the alphabet in three lines. On the reverse, using the same font, is the alphabet in uppercase.
The font we’ve used is designed to replicate the one used in many UK schools in Reception and KS1. It has been specially designed by Mickey Elliot. Many thanks to her because without her help this wouldn’t have been possible. You can find Mickey on Twitter @MxMElliott or Instagram @MxMickeyElliott
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 Certified.
Our letter boards are 39cm long and 19.5cm wide.
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?
The boards are double sided so you can do upper and lower case activities. 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.