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Hi,<br>
I just received the lowercase sandpaper letters I ordered. I find it strange that the piece of wood that the sandpaper letters are on are different sizes, varying in height and width. Some varying by a lot. I guess I expected the size of the wood to be the same for all of them, a little more standardized.<br><br>
Is this how the sandpaper letters usually are?<br><br>
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There are 4 sizes.<br>
The letters b, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, p, q, t, and y are all tall.<br>
The letters m and w are short and wide.<br>
The letters a, e, i, o, and u are on blue wood and a slightly different size than<br>
c, n, r, s, v, x, and z...which are on smaller pieces of wood.<br><br>
It's important to have the different sizes because the letters themselves are different sizes. It's also important to single out the vowels and have them different (hence the different color and size).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There are 4 sizes.<br>
The letters b, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, p, q, t, and y are all tall.<br>
The letters m and w are short and wide.<br>
The letters a, e, i, o, and u are on blue wood and a slightly different size than<br>
c, n, r, s, v, x, and z...which are on smaller pieces of wood.<br><br>
It's important to have the different sizes because the letters themselves are different sizes. It's also important to single out the vowels and have them different (hence the different color and size).</div>
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Thanks for explaining that for me. I was aware of the color differences before I purchased them but not the size difference. Pretty interesting!<br><br>
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I was hoping that Matt would answer. I was curious about that, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Oh yeah...forgot one thing. Many of the sets have 2 "y" letters in them...a blue and a pink one. I think it'd be cooler if they had a little button you could press and a loud "bang" would happen, smoke would appear, and the paint would change color. But that might be a disruption to the classroom.
 

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Where did you purchase your sandpaper letters from? I think I would like to get them for my dd who will be starting Montessori school in the fall (if she is fully potty trained).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Where did you purchase your sandpaper letters from? I think I would like to get them for my dd who will be starting Montessori school in the fall (if she is fully potty trained).</div>
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Best prices I have seen have honestly been on ebay. I know it's cliche to say to look there, but... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
They might not be the most durable ones for classroom use, but they might be. You never know. Either way, they're likely fine for one or two children to use.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Best prices I have seen have honestly been on ebay. I know it's cliche to say to look there, but... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
They might not be the most durable ones for classroom use, but they might be. You never know. Either way, they're likely fine for one or two children to use.<br><br>
Matt</div>
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Let me also add...be sure to check with the school to see if they use the print letters or cursive. This will make it easier.
 

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DD has been showing an interest in letters and writing. She will start Montessori in September. Should I wait until after that time to consider the sandpaper letters at home? Or maybe they aren't even necessary at home?
 

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This is one thing I do feel really "iffy" about suggesting parents buy. The reason is people often do not know how to say the letters properly and I've spent many hours reteaching these letter sounds.<br><br>
Remember:<br>
--B is not "buh"<br>
--C is not "cuh"<br>
--You get the point with the consonants.<br>
--There is a big difference between the sounds "a," and "e," and "i," "o," and "u."<br><br>
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Thanks, Matt. I ended up reading another post and it seems that sometimes M is best left at school (unless you are homeschooling). That makes sense to me, there is so much we can do at home to foster some of the Waldorf things that I like.<br><br>
So, how are they pronounced? Maybe C is 'k' without the 'uh'?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is one thing I do feel really "iffy" about suggesting parents buy. The reason is people often do not know how to say the letters properly and I've spent many hours reteaching these letter sounds.<br><br>
Remember:<br>
--B is not "buh"<br>
--C is not "cuh"<br>
--You get the point with the consonants.<br>
--There is a big difference between the sounds "a," and "e," and "i," "o," and "u."<br><br>
Matt</div>
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Oh great! Well, we never brought moveable letters or try to do Montessori, but we have been doing informal phonological awareness and sound play for months (and his previous school did too), so it sounds like there is going to be a lot of reteaching going on come August! I would be interested in hearing the way Montessori teaches the sounds, though - I wonder if You Tube has examples...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I wonder if You Tube has examples...</div>
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Does anyone know if this how they are supposed to sound? I wasn't sure if it was Montessori or just phonics. If so, then I haven't messed him up too much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I haven't done diphthongs yet, though - we've only played with the basics.<br><br><a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=N0zhBoWhcFE" target="_blank">http://youtube.com/watch?v=N0zhBoWhcFE</a><br>
(I searched for "Montessori letter sounds")
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does anyone know if this how they are supposed to sound? I wasn't sure if it was Montessori or just phonics. If so, then I haven't messed him up too much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I haven't done diphthongs yet, though - we've only played with the basics.<br><br><a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=N0zhBoWhcFE" target="_blank">http://youtube.com/watch?v=N0zhBoWhcFE</a><br>
(I searched for "Montessori letter sounds")</div>
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Is this a good example, and are there others out there? Thanks!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is this a good example, and are there others out there? Thanks!</div>
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I stopped it half way through, but it looked good from what I saw.
 

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any advice on the cheapest place to purchase these from?<br><br>
I am wanting to buy them (today, hopefully) and so far I think montessorioutlet is where I am going to order from. They are $22.95 --for lower case, and $7.65 for the box. Seems like a great deal but then the shipping quote is $20. SO, is there anywhere they sell for less than $50 shipped?<br><br>
TIA <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
ETA: okay, I found them (including box) at kidadvance for $29.99 plus $11.50 for shipping so a bit cheaper overall. I may go with this company after I read reviews.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">any advice on the cheapest place to purchase these from?<br><br>
I am wanting to buy them (today, hopefully) and so far I think montessorioutlet is where I am going to order from. They are $22.95 --for lower case, and $7.65 for the box. Seems like a great deal but then the shipping quote is $20. SO, is there anywhere they sell for less than $50 shipped?<br><br>
TIA <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
ETA: okay, I found them (including box) at kidadvance for $29.99 plus $11.50 for shipping so a bit cheaper overall. I may go with this company after I read reviews.</div>
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Alison's has them for $35 plus $10 shipping (at least to the 45230 zip code)<br><br>
They have also had good reviews on their products and service. I don't know about kid advance, so you might want to pay the extra $5 for a company people have at least known. Here's a link to:<br><br>
Print: <a href="http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Sandpaper_Letters_Lower_Case_p/l01.htm&Click=5259" target="_blank">http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/San...htm&Click=5259</a><br><br>
Cursive: <a href="http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Sandpaper_Lower_Case_Cursive_Letters_p/l02.htm&Click=5259" target="_blank">http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/San...htm&Click=5259</a><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Alison's has them for $35 plus $10 shipping (at least to the 45230 zip code)<br><br>
They have also had good reviews on their products and service. I don't know about kid advance, so you might want to pay the extra $5 for a company people have at least known.</div>
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Thank you, Matt. I will go with Alison's. They do seem to have a better reputation and are definitely geared more towards Montessori.
 

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Katie, did you buy from Alison's yet? I bought some stuff from them a few months ago and was very happy with the quality and price.<br><br>
Matt, do you think something like this would be better? I'm wondering if having the dot is important. What do you think? I'm debating between this one:<br><br><a href="http://www.montessori123.com/catalog/wooden-sandpaper-letters-lower-case-with-print-font-p-250.html" target="_blank">http://www.montessori123.com/catalog...ont-p-250.html</a><br><br>
and this:<br><br><a href="http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/Sandpaper_Letters_Lower_Case_p/l01.htm" target="_blank">http://www.alisonsmontessori.com/San...Case_p/l01.htm</a><br>
or<br><a href="http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-bin/item/L-001-1/1400/Montessori-Outlet-Lower-Case-Sandpaper-Letters--Print" target="_blank">http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-...ers%2D%2DPrint</a> (probably the same thing but this doesn't come with the box)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Katie, did you buy from Alison's yet? I bought some stuff from them a few months ago and was very happy with the quality and price.<br><br>
Matt, do you think something like this would be better? I'm wondering if having the dot is important. What do you think? I'm debating between this one:</div>
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I don't think the dot is important. You'll be showing them how to use them the first time anyway for each letter.
 
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