Saturday, September 1, 2012
Montessori Sandpaper Tracing Letters
I sometimes flip through catalogs and want, want, want, want, want. But since my family and I homeschool on a budget, I don't purchase. I drool, then I move on.
Sometimes though, I drool, get inspired, and move on to try a homemade version of something I'd love to buy. This is what I did with my homemade sandpaper letters.
For those who don't know, Maria Montessori advocated using tracing cards for children learning their letters to stimulate kinesthetic learning while encouraging letter recognition. This is super important for kids who aren't yet ready to handle the fine motor skills required to create letters on their own because it builds confidence in the literacy process.
As I tend to do, I jumped in with both feet and made my own set of letters. And they're great- we really like them and we're using them a lot. However, then I found this amazing post from Living Montessori Now which not only rounds up a whole bunch of great ways to make your own letters, but also provides links to the particular presentations and invitations for each letter. It's pretty awesome and you should check it out if you are thinking about making some sandpaper letters.
Here's the way I went about it:
I had some cardboard on hand, so I used that, along with some fine grit sandpaper, crazy glue, a permanent marker and a pair of scissors. I didn't use stencils, but you might want to because my letters came out looking- er- homemade. :)