Double Sandpaper Letters
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|Double Sandpaper Letters|
|Language - Writing|
|Prerequisites||Sandpaper Letters |
Rough and Smooth Boards
|Materials||2 or 3 Double Sandpaper Letters|
This activity introduces the child to digraphs.
Some teachers choose to introduce the Double Sandpaper Letters separately from the single Sandpaper Letters, some mix them and teach them at the same time.
- Take two or three double sandpaper letters to a mat or table. Place them in a stack face-down in the upper right corner.
- Step two
- Step three
- Step four
Points of Interest
Control of Error
Variations and Extensions
- Some teachers choose to mix the double sandpaper letters in with presentations of the single sandpaper letters.
The term digraph does not need to be taught to the children. You could mention it casually if you like, but it is not necessary. A digraph is a pair of letters that represent just one sound. There are more digraphs used in English than are presented in these sandpaper letters, the idea is to provide the child with one way to spell each sound used in the English language. Alternative spellings for each sound are taught in later lessons.
Digraphs included: ai, ee, ie, oa, ue, th, sh, ch, oo, ou, oy, au, er, ar, or
There really ought to be an "ng" double sandpaper letter. It's unclear why this is not part of the standard set.
It would also be better if the double sandpaper letters weren't on green backgrounds. They ought to either be pink or blue depending on whether they are a consonant or vowel digraph.
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- Basic Montessori: Learning Activities for Under-fives by David Gettman, pages 139-140