Montessori: Letter Work
by Bobby George
This board book, along with its companion, Number Work, brings popular Montessori pedagogy into book format for the first time. Montessori students learn to write before they learn to read, so the process is driven by their own words and thoughts before those of others. Letters are taught first as sounds (instead of names) and alphabet tiles encourage children to trace each letter with their finger. This book honours that tradition by emulating the standard classroom material with touchable, traceable letters and providing parents or caregivers the Montessori directed language to encourage understanding. The alphabet is introduced by shape (rather than in standard alphabetical order) and by sound (rather than name), providing young children with an alternative way, a Montessori way , to learn their letters.