For the past couple of months, my Montessori preschool student Jordan, who just turned four years old, has been observing many of the four- and five-year-olds working with the Movable Alphabet and has obviously been inspired by his observations. Almost every day he asks to work with the Movable Alphabet, however, I know that Jordan isn't yet ready, therefore I am continually guiding and redirecting him to other activities explaining that he still needs to learn more sounds before working with the Movable Alphabet.
I try each day to provide Jordan with a Montessori three-period lesson using the Sandpaper Letters and then record his progress on his sound card.
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