Homeschooling

{Made For Learning} A Moveable Alphabet

Moveable Alphabets are one of the most important (and fun-to-use) tools in a Montessori-style schoolroom.  At least, that’s how our family feels about them.  And they are easy and fun to make at home.  Here’s how::

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

Sort your letters - vowels from consonants. If you wish, put half of your "Y" s in each pile.

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

Gesso, and two different colours of paint. I chose blue and red because they are more traditionally Montessori style (pink in place of red also works). You choose whichever colours you like.

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

Paint each letter with a coat of gesso and allow to dry. The gesso comes right off of the brush with warm, soapy water.

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

Paint two coats of coloured paint on each letter. Blue for vowels...

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

... and red for the consonants. Next, apply two coats of varnish. You will need to wait a minimum of one hour between coats.

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

A purpose-made or purchased box is best for storage, but something like this little box with a clasp will do for a time. You really do want something that will allow you to keep each letter separate... Like with like. I'll show you how to make a proper storage box in an upcoming tutorial.

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

 

Scrabble™ Tiles also make excellent upper case moveable alphabets – and it’s a great way to recycle!  You can also purchase blank tiles from Etsy – purchase alphabet transfers in the scrapbooking supply section of your craft store.  Simple varnish over the top, or apply a couple of layers of Mod Podge.

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

 

{Made for Learning} | Moveable Alphabet

Your kids will be saying this about you, too. (Thanks, Will!)

Resources:

Cut out wood letters available for just under $12 for each set of upper or lower case letters.  I suggest 1/8″ thick baltic birch letters in Arial, (Garamond and Rockwell are also available) – 2″ tall by 2″ wide. {These are my favourite ones, but more expensive}

Cut wood letters sold in packs of 36 are available at Michael’s crafts (and probably at Hobby Lobby) for about $4/pack.  I bought four packs.

Scrabble letters are available on Etsy, and eBay, and can also be found at neighbourhood yard sales, flea markets, and car boot sales.

Precious Time

Childhood is a short season.  ~Helen Hayes

Where does the time go?  Somewhere.  And too quickly.  When did our little boy grow into a man?  A man who will take the time to colour and imagine a beautiful world with his little brother.

 

Oh the joy of being able to drop everything because there is an imaginary world that demands to be brought to life from the mind of a small child, with the help of an older brother.

 

Working... hands and hearts together.

 

Mirror:: what his hands were, and what his hands will become.

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