Have you seen or used Read It, Build It, Write It boards? These are not something I've seen used in a Montessori school, or designed by Maria Montessori, but they have been increasing in popularity in Montessori families and homeschools. As my preschooler is writing more and more, we decided to give it a go! I LOVE trying out new products, especially those influenced by Montessori and include hands-on multi-sensory learning.
Overall my preschooler (4yrs) loved it. Most of all he enjoyed the first two steps of reading and building because that's where he is most confident right now. Let's see how we've used our Read It, Build It, Write It Chalkboard!
Our Read It, Write It, Built It! Chalkboard is c/o Benedykt & Sylvester.
I presented the board with a model animal, label and Alphabet Coins (this board comes with Alphabet Coins).
- READS the label
- BUILDS the word with the alphabet coins
- WRITES the word with the chalk!
Remember to include a cloth or duster so the child can remove or fix their writing on the chalkboard.
Sun. Here we've used a learning tile, a label I've printed at home and alphabet tiles.
My preschooler (4yrs) is still using the sandpaper letters, so his letters aren't perfectly formed.
Cat. A model animal, printed label and here we are using our small moveable alphabet.
With my four-year-old, we are mostly focusing on simple CVC words, unless there is a word he has asked to write. You can see how good chalk is for developing the pincer grasp.
Bus. A model vehicle, printed label and small movable alphabet.
Lots of handwriting practice!
Here we've used a mirror (you could also use a photograph) and the child's name to practise writing their own name. Most children like mirrors so this was super fun and engaging!
Here the child is learning to write their own name.
And can look at themselves in the mirror 💕.
Here we've used a photograph of a sibling. We could also use a photograph of a classmate, friend or other family members (perhaps cousins) to learn their names.
My child is desperate to learn to write the names of his brothers and constantly practices.
All Benedykt & Sylvester products are c/o Benedykt & Sylvester (some products also on Etsy here).