The Sandpaper Letters are one of the main features of the language area in a Montessori classroom. They are beautiful and easily attract the attention of children. As children work with the Sandpaper Letters, their sense of site, touch, and hearing is involved. They can feel the sandpaper shape of each letter and begin to learn that each one has a name and a sound. Phonetic sounds are the foundation for the reading program in a Montessori classroom.
A special sound table area can be set up in the language area or a sound shelf. Materials needed for this would be a set of Sandpaper Letters, object boxes, picture books, a coffee tray, sound book, and letter sound necklaces. A record booklet of your choice will be helpful in keeping track of the child’s progress in learning letter sounds. Another option is to have a sound booklet for each individual child that you can use to keep track of progress in, and children can take home once they’ve learned their sounds.Continue reading “The Sandpaper Letters”