I've decided that it's time to graduate to a new blog! Hopefully this will become a repository for all the thoughts I'm having on things that interest me lately. Mostly I'll be talking about garden work, school/Montessori thoughts, photography - and probably a fair amount of food, travel, and general life stuff as appropriate.
"Sandpaper Letters" refers to the material in a Montessori classroom used for teaching the sound and formation of letters. The child is encouraged to trace the letters with his or her fingertips, which are formed with a slightly rough material on a smooth background, while simultaneously speaking the sound that letter makes. It prepares the child's hand for writing and mind for reading. If the teacher is a keen observer and catches the child in the sensitive period for learning the letters (usually around age 3-4), that child can work through the entire alphabet in a matter of a couple weeks.
Next up: a post about what I'm doing at school, and what I'm planning on doing next.