set 1) pink/blue background with the lower case individual letters
set 2) green background with lower case letter combination (phonograms or digraphs)
capitals are optional - generally used for children who truly *need* them - which tends to be children with developmental learning needs.
|large movable alphabet|
"Large" Movable Alphabet: Primary
cut out of wood, stored in a large wood box
Slightly smaller versions are available organized alphabetically - more budget-friendly but less ideal, as we want the children to focus on the sounds rather than the order of the letters at the youngest ages.
|medium movable alphabet|
many manufacturers are now calling this "small movable alphabet"
(many manufacturers are no longer using the adjective "small" - instead using a variety of other titles for this one)
- Primary and Elementary
- Stored in a small wooden box or a tackle-box
- Can include punctuation marks
- PRIMARY: use for longer movable alphabet work (in red and blue); later use for phonogram use (red and blue); and for Word Study (red and blue usually work for primary, you may prefer black for the root word)
- Printed onto card-stock or similar - one side is lower case, the other side is capital
- All letters within a set are the same color
- 2 sets (one alphabet in one color; one complete alphabet in the second color) needed for primary; 3 sets in elementary (each a different color, such as black, red, blue - a 4th color is handy but not 100% necessary)
|Teaching from a Tacklebox Style!|
This photo shows two colors, but
the idea is that you can print these
on cardstock and store in a Plano 3701 ;)
These should really still be in cursive.
Handwriting charts - displayed in picture frames: Primary; useful in Elementary; usually written on Montessori banded-lined paper
- all cursive lower case
- all cursive capital
- cursive and print lower case
- cursive and print capital
- All cursive lower case and capital
- (optional: print capital and lowercase; not a necessary material)
samples of Egyptian, Babylonian and others are given as part of presentations and for children's follow-up work. Leading to copywork and further exploration.
As the children delve into history, they will discover other forms of the letters including, but not limited to the following: