Montessori: Sandpaper Letters

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Includes wooden container, 26 blue uppercase letters, and 26 red lowercase letters. Shelf Size: 9 by 5 by 3 inches. Flashcard Size: 4 inches by 3 inches.

Purpose: To learn the sound and shape of the letters of the alphabet. To gain a muscular memory of the shape of the letters as a prelude to writing.

The teaching of the sounds and letters is through a multi-sensory approach. The child will hear the sound, see its representation in the form of a letter, and feel the way it is written as the child feels the letter with his fingers (by use of sandpaper's texture). Since a motor pattern should be learned correctly the first time, it is very important that the child trace properly formed letters.