Black Movable Alphabet
Ready to move one step away from the traditional movable alphabet? This black alphabet is just what you need. You can use it on its own but it is awesome when used in combination with our phonogram alphabet or our red alphabet. This is the easiest and clearest way for children to begin to work with phonogram families and word study.
- Comes in two fonts (AMI recommend 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)
- 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 the alphabet work to life
- Cards are approx. 1.25" wide x 2" high.
- Fits into egg-cartons or a craft box (see note below)
This is a classic Montessori material designed to help children reproduce words with symbols even before their hands can manage a pencil. With a selection of letters before them, children do not need to sort through their entire memory of written symbols (which include numbers and graphical representations) to find what they seek. With just 26 (or you can put out fewer) letters to choose from, their possibility of phonetically spelling the word they have in mind increases dramatically. Thus, we can give children a gradual, gentle path to follow as they learn to create words. They can take baby steps, build on their success, and build their confidence along the way.
READ THE LESSON PLANS
- Using the Black Alphabet with the Green Phonogram Alphabet
- Using the Black Alphabet with the Red Alphabet
Item #: MABL
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.