Quite simply, they are cards made from thick card stock or thin wood with a letter embossed on them using sandpaper. They allow a child to literally feel the letter or number as they run their fingers over the card
The teacher takes three numbers that contrast in shape and sound , e.g ”0” ”2” ”4” She sits beside the child. The teacher places the three letters at the top right of the table. The teacher places a letters in front of the child and ask her to watch.
The teacher than traces the number lightly several times in the direction in which it is written by using the first two fingers of her dominated hand.
The teacher wants to see if the child has made the connection between the shape and name of the number. She puts 3 numbers in the front of child.
She says ”find the ”4” .If the child selects the correct number, she asks the child to feel it a few times and while she does so, the teacher repeats the name of it.This is repeated with each number and often.
The teacher wants to see if the child can pronounce the number correctly. She places one number in front of the child.S he asks her to feel the number and say the sound. This stage is practiced with 3 numbers.
Montessori teachers use the term three–period lesson so often it becomes second nature. … The three–period lesson is a fundamental approach to introducing a new concept (not just vocabulary) to children. It is used to move the child from basic understanding to mastery.
- Invite the child to participate.
- Maintain eye contact when inviting or speaking to the child.
- Show, not tell.
- Present from left to right, top to bottom.
- Sit on the child’s dominant side.
- Use slow, deliberate movements.
- Repetition increases success.
- Use the three-period lesson: