Playing with letter sounds

A key step to reading using the Montessori method is by teaching children letter sounds before letter names. It can be tricky if you’re not familiar with the system; tip #1: use short vowel sounds like a-apple not acorn. Long vowels sounds are complicated and you will get to them eventually. Tip #2: use simple words along with graphics, p-popcorn instead of puppy. Remember that young children have a limited vocabulary, and through pictures is hard to differentiate a dog from a puppy.

I firmly believe that variations make learning much more fun, and always having the same materials can turn out to be boring sometimes, so I’ve created other lesson activities to help with letter sounds. Hold on tight, I will provide you with the links for free downloads. Feel free play around with the materials and get creative.


The popsicle stick ABC: you will need a printer, cardstock, popsicle sticks and a craft punch for easy cutting


  1. Print out the PDF file of the popsicle stick letters here
  2. I used a craft cutter of  1 1/2” to make cutting easier 🙂
  3. you can choose to laminate the letters for more durability
  4. glue the letters to a popsicle sticks. I used a dot of hot glue.
  5. HAVE FUN!

ABC popsicle stick


ABC stamp game: you will need a set of letter stamps. I found mine at a local craft store


  1. download and print the ABC stamp sheet here
  2. set of ABC stamps. I got mine at local craft store ($9.99) but I found this great set by Melissa & Doug with lower and upper case letters and stamps.
    • Be sure to use lower case letters with this template.
  3. Washable red and blue ink pads.
    • You can also laminate the sheet for multiple uses.
  4. Enjoy!



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