We’re taking a one-week break from our “sss is for sounds” series to introduce some fun ways of playing with CVC words. CVC words are the next step after learning letter sounds in the Montessori Method approach to language.
I have 10 great ideas for playing with and sounding out CVC words with your Montessori preschooler, and I love incorporating different materials and approaches to keep up the enthusiasm with a new challenge, but feel free to just choose your favourite activity and stick with that. The most important thing in learning anything via the Montessori Method is allowing and encouraging repetition — so if you’re going to exclusively do the play dough idea at the bottom the list, make sure that play dough and alphabet stamps are constantly available for your child to revisit that work.
If you’re not quite sure which words qualify as CVC words, make sure to grab my free printable CVC word list here. Now on to the list:
- Alphabet magnets. I use Educational Insight’s Alphamagnets because they use blue consonants and red vowels, which is consistent with the Montessori Method, but if you already have the multi-coloured alphabet magnets those work just as well! In a pinch, these are a great budget replacement for the Moveable Alphabet.
- Clear cups on the light table. I have been hoarding these cups for a while because I had seen an idea to layer the cups to spell words… and that doesn’t work. The letters end up being misaligned, so placing the cups side-by-side is the way to go! This doesn’t need to be done on a light table, but considering you can make one for less than $25, why not?
- Moveable alphabet. I purchased mine, but if you are looking to do a DIY, you can try writing with Sharpies on clear aquarium rocks
- I love these Spinny Spellers, and the price is worth not doing the DIY — but you definitely could!
- Spiral match-up book. I had a nursery rhyme book as a child that you could flip up different sections to try to find build a rhyme, so making a quick flip book out of a small dollarstore notebook sounded like a fun idea. Older children can help make their own flip books.
- Popsicle stick puzzle. If your CVC words have pictures or images that can represent them, why not make popsicle stick puzzles? The picture provides an additional control of error, but watch that children aren’t only relying on the picture for the correct lay-out and are still sounding out the words.
- I love these Learning Resources’ Reading Rods, they have a really satisfying click when they are put together and the cube format (a letter on each side) ensures that you have enough of each letter without taking up too much room.
- Matching objects to printed word, like Cherine describes over at Making Montessori Ours.
- Make your own CVC puzzles like Kim over at Life Over C’s (she even has a ready-made printable you can use for it).
- Use some letter stamps and make CVC play dough like Alison over at No Time for Flashcards!
What other ways would you explore CVC word building?