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A Moveable Alphabet is a tool used in a Montessori learning environment to teach reading, spelling, and writing. The Moveable Alphabet makes it fun for the child to practice alphabetical order, beginning sounds, ending sounds, middle sounds, and the formation of entire words. It is a wooden box containing 26 wooden letters.
Typically students are approximately 3.5 years old or older when they start using and learning with the moveable alphabet. You will know when they are ready to use the moveable alphabet when they are able to recognize 3-4 consonant sounds and one vowel sound.
The goals of this lesson are to familiarize the child with the movable alphabet, to teach students to be conscientious of their work by being careful with the letters, and by organizing and straightening letters in the box.
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