Friday, 17 June 2011

Montessori Pink Series & giveaway

Here is a quick overview of the Pink Level [stage one] literacy materials often used in Montessori classrooms. All the words in the pink series consist of two or three letters phonic words typically in the letter format CVC [consonant, vowel, consonant]. All letters in each word must be completely phonetic and represent the sounds learnt with the sandpaper letters. Some words such as car, are three lettered CVC words but are not phonetic so be careful to make sure words are completely phonetic. Before starting with the pink series children must have completed the previous activities I post about before here.

Pink Box 1:
A box of six phonetic objects at pink level
Moveable alphabet and mat

The child chooses an object, identifies the sounds in the in the word, gets the correct letters from moveable alphabet and builds the words on the mat. At this stage we do not get the child to read back the words they have built.

Pink Box 2:

This is used exactly the same way as pink box 1 but the child has a box of six pictures instead of objects.

When the child has worked with pink box 2, you can begin working with rhymes. Make a letter combination with the moveable alphabet e.g 'at', the child can place letters in front of 'at' to see what words can be made that rhyme with 'at'.

Pink Box 3:
Materials: A box containing six objects and matching word cards.

This will be the child's first presentation in reading. The child should arrange all the objects on a table mat in a horizontal line. The child will then take one word, sound it out and blend the letters to read the word. The child then places the word underneath the correct object.

Alternatively, the teacher or parent can write the words on a slip of pink paper instead of providing a printed card.

Pink box 4:

This is used the same as pink box 3, however pictures are used instead of objects. The child is gradually working towards more abstract reading, with only pictures and words.

As the child progresses I will begin to make the boxes more complex by placing pictures that begin with the same letter.

Pink Card:

This is used for further practice with blending and is very similar to pink box 4. The words are kept in an envelope on the back of the card.

Pink box 5:

This box contains six words printed on paper and folded into quarters. The child should take a paper, unfold it, read the word quietly to themselves and then place in on the lid of the box. To make this activity exciting, I use pink level verbs e.g. 'hop'. The children work with the box as a group, one child will take a word, read it silently and then do the action. The other children have to guess what word the child had.

Pink lists:

Here the child will begin reading more words with less visual clues.

Sight words:
Once the child has worked with the lists, begin presenting the Sight words. These should be presented using the '3 period lesson'. It is extremely important at this stage to be consistent with presenting the sight words, I will usually do this daily, presenting individually to each child that is ready. By learning the sight words at this stage, the child will be able to move onto reading phonetic books with ease. You can print a list of sight words here.

Pink Phrases:
Here the child will begin to read simple strings of words. This activity is done in preparation for reading sentences.
Capital letters:

In order to progress further in reading, the child will now need to recognise the capital letters. I have a post about presenting these and free download for the file here.

Pink Sentences:
Here the child will begin to read sentences. This activity is done in preparation for reading books. Explain to the child that a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop. The child should name the sight words and sound out the phonetic words.

Pink Level Books:
After working with the sentences children can begin reading pink level books. These are books that only contain sight words and pink level words. I have an old post here about the books I used with Little-N, it is really hard to find good books at this level, I have not yet found a series of books that I am completely happy with. If you know of any please let me know. In the meantime, my mother will be writing a series of books to be used with the pink series. I will post about the books once she's completed them.

Now for the giveaway...

I sell a download for the complete pink series materials in my shop. Since I am posting about the pink series here, I would like to giveaway a set for free to one of my readers.

The set includes:

- 36 word cards to match to your own objects
- 48 pictures with 48 word cards to match
- Printable moveable alphabet
- 24 secret words
- 4 word cards [each contains six pictures and six words]
- 16 word lists
- 16 phrase strips
- 12 sentence strips

You can read more about the set here.

To enter the giveaway, simply make sure you are following my blog and leave a comment on this post. Make sure you leave a contact email if it does not show up on your profile or blog.

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-Sign up to my shops newsletter and leave a second comment [Sign up at the bottom of shops home page]
-Post about this giveaway on your blog and leave a link in the comment

Please note that the winner will receive a email with the downloads for all the PDF files. You are welcome to enter wherever you are on the globe.

This giveaway will end on Friday the 24th of June 2011. The winner will be selected by a random generator and I will update this post for the winner on Saturday and email the winner. If for some reason I can not contact you or, you do not get back to me within one week of the giveaway closing I will choose a new winner.

Good Luck!


Choxbox said...

Have you on my blog roll :)

And love your posts!

Annicles said...

We find books are difficult to come by too. When I was teaching in that age room I often wrote little books myself, about the child. As children almost always (and absolutely should) recognise their own name it adds a bit of interest.

We have a few different schemes running in parallel. When we opened the school we got the Oxford Reading Tree books. In retrospect I would say that was a mistake. We added a set of Jelly and Bean books. They are completley phonic and introduce sight words slowly and systematically but they are quite dull.
We also have a set of BOB books which are ok but apeal to some children and not others, also we had to change mom to mum and some children object to that!
I have bought a set of Crazy Critters on the odd occasion for a child that needs a boost and has the right sense of humour! It is good because it builds from a short phrase through the book using the same words over and over so good for building confindence.

Nikki said...

Thanks for the post. I am finding all of this very interesting. I have been blog searching Montessori all morning and saw in a list of things the pink series. I didn't quite know what that was so it was nice to see how it is done. I wish I had heard more about Montessori a few years ago when I first started homeschooling. I think that my style has been a little in that direction as it is but not completely. I hope to do more research this summer and my toddler and K child will begin learning this way. I hope to find some information about schooling older children as well as my dysgraphic son struggles on every aspect of learning and yet is a genius. It doesnt make sense. Maybe this type of learning will help.


Montessori Bee said...

I follow your blog in my google reader. This pink series work would be wonderful to use with homeschooling my youngest and for review for my older one who's at Montessori school.
becky818 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

We have been playing word games (I-Spy, rhyming words, change one sound) for sooo long and I think my daughter is ready to progress further. It takes us forever to get out of the doctor's / dentist / shop because she is so keen to know what each and every sign means. I have almost finished the sandpaper letters, so we will start these next, and it probably won't be too long before we move on to this kind of activity.

I have a question - is it important to use 'real' objects for phonics work (miniature or full size) in a homeschool environment or are pictures just fine. I have a mixture of all three.

Thanks for this and the giveaway!

Olive's mum said...

I follow you with google reader. I have started teaching y daughter and would love to win!

Gigi said...

I did pink series last year with my daughter and working through the blue now. She is picking up reading very fast. Thank you for the giveaway! I follow your blog!

Kendra said...

I added your blog to my Google Reader. I am new to the Montessori method and am loving your blog! I homeschool my 6yo and 4yo. We have been doing an unschooling approach, but I hope to head more in a Montessori direction. It makes sense to me and my children have really enjoyed and latched on to what we have tried so far. Thank you for taking the time to put your thoughts and ideas out in the blogoshpere!

Jen said...

You are great! I am supplementing Montessori at home with my 3 kids and always need new ideas!

megan said...

May I know where can I buy these materials for the pink series? They are really useful.

megan said...

All the materials & things u share r so useful. May I know where I can get all the materials for the pink series.

nickiv_123 said...

Where did you get your movable alphabet? It is the perfect combo of D'nealian and Zaner-Bloser.

Unknown said...

I think the beauty in the montessori method is the clear progression. I look forward to teaching the steps you've outlined in your blog. Thank you for the give away.

Unknown said...

how can i purchase the series? it wont let me it keeps telling me error

Unknown said...

Thank you, Nus. This is the same as the handout you gave me, is it not? The only thing I'm missing are the sight words, the capital letter section (do you do that as a 3-period lesson until you go through all the letters?), and books. Interestingly, I have visited other websites and blogs and found different postings for how to set up the Pink series, but because you taught me and are so methodical, I trust and you and consider those other sites to be questionable, LOL! Thanks again.