Digraph Object Box
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|Digraph Object Box
|Language - Reading
|Phonetic Object Box
|small objects with digraphs in their names
small box or basket
slips of paper
In this activity the child matches written words with digraphs to objects.
- Carry the material to a mat or table. Place the container of objects in the upper right corner.
If at a mat, you will need a clipboard for writing.
- Take the objects one at a time and have the child name each one, then lay them across the top of the table.
If the child doesn't know the name of the object you can either tell them the name or just set the object aside.
- Write the word for one of the little objects on a slip of paper.
- Have the child sound out the word.
If necessary, remind them that the two letters in a digraph are used to spell just one sound.
They should then match the word to the correct object.
- Continue doing this until every object has its label.
- If the child shows interest, remove the labels and mix them up. Match them to the objects again.
- Put the labels in the basket along with the objects so the child can do the work later on their own. You could also have pre-printed labels.
Points of Interest
Control of Error
Variations and Extensions
Make Your Own
- If done in a homeschool environment, you may wish to use a larger container and collect some normal sized objects that you already have from around your home.
(book, shell, brush, coat, coffee, etc.)
- A Path for the Exploration of Any Language Leading to Writing and Reading by Muriel Dwyer, page 26
- A Key to Writing and Reading for English by Muriel Dwyer, page 11
- Basic Montessori: Learning Activities for Under-fives by David Gettman, pages 150-152
- Teaching Montessori in the Home: The School Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock, pages 112, 130-131
- Montessori Read & Write by Lynne Lawrence, pages 106-109