Red Movable Alphabet
Are your children writing words with the traditional (pink/blue) alphabet but starting to perfect their spellings? Then it's time for the red and black alphabets! Using these alphabets side-by-side allows children to analyze the rich depth of English etymology (the origins of words) as they begin to refine their spelling abilities. With the red and black alphabets together, they can:
- Isolate the phonograms (write these in red and the rest of the word in black) in words for phonogram study
- Isolate prefixes and suffixes (write these in red and the rest of the word in black) in lists of words for word study
- Compare lists of singular (write these in black) and plural (write these in red) words
- Compare lists of homophones (write one in black and one in red)
- Compare lists of synonyms and antonyms (write the original word list in black and the comparative list of synonyms or antonyms in red)
- Compare lists of root words (write these in black) and their contractions (write these in red)
Once children are ready to move beyond the traditional pink/blue alphabet, the red and black alphabets are the perfect next step to support their writing work as they begin to refine their ability to spell.
- Comes in two fonts (AMI recommends print at this stage, even if you used cursive for the sandpaper letters and traditional alphabet; read our blog post on fonts for more info)
- All letters are printed on only one side to isolate the print or cursive lower-case letter
- Rounded corners to acknowledge the tactile sensitivities of those small hands
- Fully laminated
- Includes 10 of each consonant, 20 of each vowel and high frequency letter (r, s, t, n), and 10 apostrophe's (for contraction work)
- Comes with a fantastic lesson plan that will bring alphabet work to life
- Cards are approx. 1.25" wide x 2" high.
- Fits into egg-cartons or a craft box (see note below); box not included
Made in the USA.
If you'd rather craft these yourself, you can purchase our PDF download ready to print and cut.
Item #: MARD
Egg Cartons: These alphabets can be stored and displayed in egg cartons. We recommend placing two plastic cartons (one 18-egg carton and one 12-egg carton) side-by-side and hot gluing the bottoms to a piece of foam board or chipboard. Use the lids to help keep the dust off when the alphabets are not in use.
Craft Box: We like the 40-compartment box available from the Container Store because it has a transparent lid that helps keep the dust out without hiding the letters. Another alternative is a velvet 30 compartment jewelry box (like this one we found on Amazon). We tested it in a public school Montessori classroom it held up well...the children loved to touch its soft sides.
Helpful hint: Whenever you start work with any movable alphabet, remember that the first lesson is how to carry the box, take letters out, and put them back in. Don't be afraid to practice doing this many times before you write a single word.