Saturday, 26 April 2014

Working with Large Moveable Alphabets

This is a Montessori Large Moveable Alphabets set. It comes with acrylic letters in red and blue, including a wooden box with compartments to hold the letters in. Consonants are in red and vowels in blue. 


Measures about 6cm for smaller letters.


I took the letter "l" as measurement for taller letters. About 9cm.

*Please don't mind the chipped Mickey ruler, I just grabbed one from the children's party packs to measure this earlier today.


The box from end to end measures to about 37cm by 44 cm.

The letters are not placed in sequence. This way, children cannot apply guess-work while learning to distinguish between the letter sounds (during phonemic awareness stage) and also during word building.


It is a valuable aid parents and educators can use to observe for the gaps in the child's learning process. We can detect children's difficulty to recognize letter shapes or/and sounds, we can observe challenges children face during blending or how to make sense of the process and also aid in future spelling practices with school work. 

See this link for a session on word building.

On a personal note, I like that the I like that the letter "t" is not curved at the bottom, which can be confused as an upside down "f" when working with the children. The letter "q" comes with the tail, as per the sandpaper letters.


Montessorian children possess deep understanding on how letters are written from very early foundation with the Sandpaper Letter cards. The Large Moveable Alphabet helps children follow through their progress on learning to read via word building activities and work with the Pink Scheme where they move up to blending to read 3-letter phonetic words.

Here's sharing a video of one of my sessions with buds_chubs working on his word building activity. He was only 2 years plus then, so please pardon the short attention span moments in certain parts. :oops: 

You can note / hear his joy at the end of the lesson. :rotflmao:

However, fast forward to today, chubs loves working on our materials and derives personal satisfaction being able to work on them on his own or with minimal supervision. He will tell me, "Let me try on my own." or "I don't think I need help." :love:

This tool makes learning interactive especially for young children, engaging them in hands-on learning which makes learning constructive and not to mention fruitful at the end of it all. It allows parents, educators and children themselves to enjoy the learning process.

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