Years ago, I made a lot of printable files for Montessori materials that I shared with a Yahoo group. The group is inactive now, and so I’m putting these files here so that people may continue to use them. You may use them, share them, and make any changes you like for your own use. You may not sell them.
Montessori uses synthetic phonics. The pink level of phonics is for children who know the letter sounds and are just starting to use blending to build words. The words are mostly CVC, meaning they follow the consonant-vowel-consonant pattern. The only words that are used are those that can be properly sounded out, using the single letter phonetic sounds the child has learned from the sandpaper letters. There are only short vowel and no double letter consonant sounds.
Directions for making my pink phonetic reading material:
Pink Big Picture Cards
- Pink Big Picture Card Labels: Print out on white cardstock, laminate,
cut cards apart, glue numbers 1-6 on small envelope (library
card envelopes work well) 1 on each, and paperclip to
corresponding card with labels inside for that card.
- Pink Big Picture Card Photos: Print out on normal white paper, cut
1/8″ outside border, glue to large square on printed big picture
card, glue numbers 1-6 from labels file 1 on back of each card,
laminate, do not cut. Try to mix up photos so that each card has
a mix of sounds.
- Pink Big Picture Cards: Print out on 6 sheets pink cardstock.
Pink Sentence Cards
- Pink Sentence Cards: Print out on pink cardstock.
- Pink Sentence Cards Photos: Print out on normal white paper. Cut
1/8 from border. Glue to left of printing on sentence cards.
Laminate. Cut cards apart.
Pink Small Picture Cards
- Pink Small Picture Cards: Print on 6 sheets of pink cardstock.
- Pink Small Picture Cards Photos: Print out on normal white paper,
cut pics 1/8″ outside border, glue into squares on printed picture
cards, laminate, cut cards and labels out along gray lines.
Pink Secret Envelopes
- Pink Secret Envelopes: Print on pink paper, cut out along gray lines so that
there is a blank box remaining above each word, fold in half with
printing inside. Mine are stored in 6 labeled numbered envelopes.
My daughter likes this so there are many.
Object Boxes (bags in my case)
- Pink Word Cards For Objects : Your objects likely vary, depending on what you can find.
These are the ones we have. Printed on cardstock, laminated,
cut. Print out object bag labels on pink paper, taped to
gallon locking bags with cellophane tape. Cards have a
cover card numbered 1-6, paperclipped togetherwith cards
for corresponding bag, stored in envelope inside box bags
are stored in so as not to crunch labels.
- Pink Word List Cards: Print on pink cardstock. Print page 2 on back of page
one, page 4 on back of page 3….. Laminate, cut to same size and
cut margins so that words are centered.
Pink Cooking Picture Book
- Pink Cooking Picture Book Pages: Print on plain white paper. Print
so that 1is back to back with 2, 3 back to 4, etc… For my printer,
this means to take the page just as it comes out of the printer and
put it back in the tray with the printed side up. Printers align
differently for 2 sided printing.
- Pink Cooking Picture Book Cover: Print picture book cover on pink
cardstock. Cut the pages in half exactly
(so that pages are 11″ X 4 1/4″.)
- Stack them this way: Cover face down, title on left. Pic-mom and child
cooking face up on left, words on right. Egg face up on left.
Red bowl face up on left. Milk jug face up on left. Measuring
cup face up on left. Spoon face up on left. Muffin tin face
up on left. Pea pod face up on left. Pot n lid face up on
left. And fry pan face up on left. Now you need to figure
out how you are going to bind your book. I found it too thick
to staple and too far in on the page for the stapler to reach. You
could fold each page and punch holes along the crease in the
same places on each page (like top, middle, and bottom) then
lace ribbon through the holes, and tie. I ended up folding each
page in half, placing the creases inside each other and sewing
down the creases. My machine wouldn’t stitch through the paper,
so I went back with needle and thread and hand stitched through
the holes my machine punched for me. Then I cut a thin strip of
pink paper and glued to the spine to reinforce the stitching. You
will then need to trim the edges of the pages so they are all even.
Pink Action Words
- Pink Action Words : Print on cardstock, laminate, cut.