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Your little ones will be fascinated by learning to read with these 17 realistic minis. These tangible phonetic objects are great for giving children a concrete learning experience. Use this Object Box as an introduction to reading. It gives children an opportunity to sound out words and begin blending while captivating their interest. Allowing them to gain confidence in reading and writing. Step 1 in Quality Montessori's beginning reading series.

To play:
Lay out all of the objects. Tell the child that you are thinking of one of the objects. No matter what they guess, tell them you're thinking of something else. Let the child know that you are going to give them a clue. Write one of the words on a slip of paper and have the child sound out the word, helping them if necessary. Have the child place the slip below the corresponding object. Continue giving clues until all of the objects have been named. When finished, show the child the matching laminated labels. Let them match the labels to the objects on their own. If the child wants, have them write their own cards and show them how to check their answers with the laminated cards.

Note: You can split this box into 2 parts by using only half of the objects to start and then rotating in the rest later. This will keep the game interesting. Also, if you'd like, staple the written papers together to make a little book for the child to keep.

Set Includes:
1 Hinged Window Tin measuring 5" x 3.5 X 1.5
17 Miniature Phonetic Objects - Bag, Pan, Lid, Hat, Dog, Cup, Mop, Pot, Nut, Pin, Bug, Bat, Flag,
Clip, Napkin, Rag, and Gift
17 Matching Laminated Word Cards
1 Playing Instruction Card

I can make the labels in Cursive or Dnealian if you'd prefer. Please leave me a note at check out and allow time for me to make them.

CHOKING HAZARD: Small parts. Not for children under 3 years old.
Made with Love by a Certified Montessori Teacher.



STEP 1: Phonetic Object Box, an introduction to phonetic reading

STEP 2: Phonetic Reading Blocks, practice and reinforcement for phonetic reading https://www.etsy.com/listing/86225492/montessori-phonetic-reading-blocks

STEP 3: Silent E Reading Blocks, an introduction to Silent E and long vowels

STEP 4: Phonogram Object Box, an introduction to phonograms

Montessori Phonetic Object Box, Miniature Tangible Teaching Tools, Beginning Reading and Writing, Educational Toy


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