The material includes a set of wooden tablets with the cursive letters of the alphabet in sandpaper finishing. The vowels tiles are red and the consonants are blue. There are 5 short vowels (15x12,5 cm) and a tall y (15x25 cm) whereas the consonants are divided in shorter ones (15x12,5 cm) and higher ones (15x25). The letters are placed in an open wooden index box with two compartments, the higher ones divided from the shorter ones. There are two y’s, a blue and a red one, because in some languages the y is considered a consonant. All wooden parts are UNI EN 71-3 finished.
SANDPAPER LETTERS - EUROPEAN CURSIVE
The sandpaper letters have been created so as to allow a small child, 3-4 years old, to express its potentials by working exactly there where development of language is most favourable. The aim of the material is to help the child to fix the form of each letter in its muscle memory and to fix the corresponding sound in its hearing memory. This work, which follows the activity with the language insets (LI01), sharpens the manual coordination and is an excellent preparation for reading. As Maria Montessori observes, that is the next step.