All letters are CURSIVE
(I made ours and our "box" is just a white cardboard box)
(we do have a nice wood box for these ones)
|The x is upside down in this photo|
wooden movable alphabet:
red consonants, blue vowels
organized alphabetically (ideal is NOT alphabetical, but this was affordable, and smaller, but still large enough to work with)
printed movable alphabet:
(no not in print; this is cursive printed on the computer - these COULD be in print)
set 1: red
set 2: blue
set 3: black
I chose the colors - you could use green (phonogram) and black (rest of the word) to start, then add red for the later activities (red denotes "new").
All stored in a Plano 3701 Tacklebox - one alphabet per tacklebox. This box has curved bottom for ease of removing the letters; and just the right number of compartments needed in the right sizes!
NOTE: This set started out as a tile-based movable alphabet - I had the consonants in red and the vowels in blue - so that longer stories could be written. But then, we transitioned to full-color alphabets.
In a home with lots of children, you'll probably want both types - this post is just about what we have now ;)
|This is not ours - but shown here to show|
the contents of our tacklebox shown above :)
At first, I did not print the capitals on the back - we needed the lower case right then, so I didn't take the time to add the capitals until we needed them and I just wrote some in; but the capitals should be on one side and the lowercase on the others; as well as cards for punctuation in one of the colors, so that longer stories can be written out. This is where children learn punctuation and capitalization - with this small movable alphabet.
So why the Plano 3701 Tacklebox?
- With the dividers it comes with, there are enough slots for all 26 letters in the same box. You could even add punctuation if you are so inclined (there are sets in my primary album that include punctuation).
- the far and near sides of the bottoms are curved so the letters slip out so easily with one's fingers (flat bottoms do not allow for ease of removal at all)
- The dividers stay in place so letters don't slip underneath (at least in my experience; the flat bottomed ones allow for sliding of the letters to the next compartment)
- They are affordable at $10 each; and free shipping on Amazon if over $25; I've sometimes seen them in the $8 range as well.
UPDATED TO ADD some close-ups of the tackle-boxes in question:
|Photos of our actual colors ;)|
|Note the curved bottoms|
(pictured is a smaller box - punctuation
or use for numerals/operations/symbols)