Intro to Letters App Guide

October 07, 2015
We believe in the power of personalized education. With Intro to Letters, we've built a recording studio where you can record your voice, and then have that voiceover distributed throughout the app. We like to say that you learn best from the ones that you love.

Greetings from Montessorium!

As one of our very first apps, Intro to Letters has always served as one of the best ways to share the amazing insights of Maria Montessori. With the ability to customize the learning experience, it literally takes personalized education to a new level.

Walking through letter sounds, letter names, both lowercase and uppercase, children are guided through a series of exercises, where they can trace, record, and practice, as they’re offered a primer to the world of language.

Whether you are a parent, teacher, or perhaps a homeschooler, Intro to Letters offers a variety of engaging activities to help children develop an appreciation for early literacy skills.

We can’t wait for you to get started, and hope you enjoy Intro to Letters, by Montessorium.

All the best,

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Bobby and June George

Lowercase Letters

Intro to Letters starts by introducing children to the lowercase letters. Through a series of activities, the app will introduce children to the letter sounds, as opposed to the letter names. At this phase in development, Montessori believed that the best way to acquire an understanding of the alphabet, was to start with phonics. Why? The idea is that names are very abstract for children, whereas sounds are something they can immediately grasp.

Phonograms

The next stage in the progression of the app involves phonograms. Right away, you’ll notice that the background is green, to differentiate between consonants, which are pink, and vowels which are blue. In this section, children are guided through a series of exercise that allow them to hear the name of the phonograms, and then practice tracing them.

Uppercase Letters

In addition to lowercase letters and phonograms, the third activity in Intro to Letters is designed to introduce children to the concept of uppercase letters. With uppercase letters, will also switch to a different naming convention, moving from the concrete, which is letter sounds, to the more abstract, letter names.

From Lowercase to Uppercase

We sometimes refer to this section as, “do the shuffle”. Through twenty-six flashcards, children swipe, seeing and hearing the connection that is made between letter sounds and letter names, and their visual representations.

Practice

One of the big themes that underlies the Montessori approach to learning is that practice is important. As we all know, if we want to get better at something, it’s important to practice. In this section, we allow children the opportunity to work on lowercase, uppercase, and phonograms. Practice, practice, practice.

Children’s Recording Studio

The last section of Intro to Letters has a recording studio for children to practice letter sounds, names and phonograms. The child simply taps on the microphone to record the letter sound.

Adult Recording Studio

With instructions localized in over 50 languages, the recording studio will allow parents, teachers and adults, to record their own voice, teaching their child English, French, German or Spanish. That voiceover will then be distributed throughout the app.

Recommended Ages: 2-6 years old, or when your child or student starts to express interest.

Beyond the App

  1. Library: Go to the library. A lot. “The library is like a candy store where you can sample everything,” says Ms. Wood. The library is also a great opportunity to foster and encourage responsibility. “For your young child – they could keep the receipt and put it somewhere safe, the fridge perhaps, to make sure all the checked-out books make it back to the library.” The public libraries also often have reading programs that might be fun for your child or student to participate in, learning about new authors and other illustrators.
  2. Grocery Store: Your young writer can help compose the grocery list, and their emerging reading skills can be engaged at the end of the trip to ensure that you got everything on the list. Did we get bananas? Check. How about the orange juice?
  3. On the Commute: Play road games. There are a number of practical, engaging ways to implement literacy on a daily basis. For instance, you can see which letters your child can identify in license plates, or what states they can read, or, perhaps you can read some advertisements, or bumper stickers together. Be careful on this one!
  4. Play rhyming games: So, you’re headed down the road, and you’re looking for something productive to do, to help keep your children occupied. Perhaps you would like to see how many words you can think of that rhyme with a certain word. Start with something easy, like bee or light. For an added challenge, your child can write them down and keep lists.

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