Sensory writing. Learning to write through the senses

Posted on04/06/2021 2075

Many times, it becomes a headache to teach and educate the little ones, since it comes, in some moments, to force the child to do what we think can work. However, the child's brain works differently, especially in the early stages. Sensory writing is a technique inspired by María Montessori and helps the child to learn letters in a different way and at her own pace.

Why learn letters through the senses?

It is known by all that the information from our environment is received through the senses, since these elaborate perceptions that contribute to the knowledge processes, which are fundamental both for the development of basic cognitive functions (attention or memory), and for higher cognitive (problem solving, language, creativity and reasoning). For example, the child, when palpating or manipulating, transmits to the brain characteristics of the object, which have to do with the tactile experience, through which he manages to understand it and, in turn, assimilate it in a different way than he would do it. only through sight. When we allow the child to manipulate letters outside the two-dimensional plane, the sensory information that he experiences generates a much more meaningful learning compared to touching a printed letter, which does not convey any tactile information.

How to perform this technique?

According to the María Montessori methodology, it is necessary to work with different textures, which, when touched by the child, allow him to experience sensations of recognition in relation to the object that he is touching. The idea is for the child to outline the letter with the index and middle fingers. The use of these fingers is because, in the future, they will be the ones to use when holding the pencil. In addition, by performing this action, he will learn the movements of the line, retaining them in his memory and thus promoting motivation for learning.

Sandpaper letters

Next, taking the sandpaper letters as an example, we will explain what type of textures you can use and how to make them with homemade materials. Let's get started!

To carry out the letters on sandpaper you will need the following materials:

- Cards of two different colors: one color for the vowels and another for the consonants. For example, pink cards for consonants and blue cards for vowels.

- Scissors to cut the cardboard.

- Sandpaper (if you prefer, you can replace the sandpaper with gold glue)


First, you need to draw the letters on the sandpaper, and then cut them out. Then, you have to stick the consonants on a cardboard, for example, in the pink one, and the vowels in the other, the blue one.

From this idea, you can make sensory letters with any type of material you prefer: you can draw a letter on a cardboard and around it paste, for example, colored paper, sponge, beads, wool, etc. You must make the letter on a smooth base, without any type of relief, so that the child, when palpating it, can focus only on the texture of the letter. It is advisable to start with lowercase or italic letters, depending, also, on taste and interest.
Leave a Comment
Leave a Reply
Please login to post a comment.



Create a free account to save loved items.

Sign in
Your cookie settings

This store asks you to accept cookies for performance, social media and advertising purposes. Social media and third-party advertising cookies are used to provide you with social media features and personalized ads.

Necessary cookies
Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
Cookie nameProviderPurposeExpiry
laravel_sessionjanabebe.comCookie used to identify a session instance for the user.1 day
PHP_SESSIDjanabebe.comThis cookie is native to PHP and enables websites to store serialised state data. It is used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a temporary cookie, which is commonly referred to as a session cookie.Session
PrestaShop-#janabebe.comThis cookie helps keep user sessions open while they are visiting a website, and help them make orders and many more operations such as: cookie add date, selected language, used currency, last product category visited, last seen products, client identification, name, first name, encrypted password, email linked to the account, shopping cart identification.4800 hours
Marketing cookies
Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.
Cookie nameProviderPurposeExpiry
ads/ga-audiencesGoogleThese cookies are used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behaviour across websites.Session
Cadform.netUsed to check if the user's browser supports cookies.30 days
IDEdoubleclick.netUsed by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user's actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser's ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.1 year
NIDGoogleRegisters a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads.6 months
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE youtube.comTries to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.179 days
YSC youtube.comRegisters a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.Session
_fbpFacebookUsed by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.3 months
Performance cookies
Cookies used specifically for gathering data on how visitors use a website, which pages of a website are visited most often, or if they get error messages on web pages. These cookies monitor only the performance of the site as the user interacts with it. These cookies don’t collect identifiable information on visitors, which means all the data collected is anonymous and only used to improve the functionality of a website.
Preference cookies
Preference cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.
Statistic cookies
Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.
Cookie nameProviderPurposeExpiry
collectGoogleIt is used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and its behavior. Track the visitor across devices and marketing channels.Session
r/collectGoogleIt is used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and its behavior. Track the visitor across devices and marketing channels.Session
_gaGoogleRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.2 years
_gatGoogleUsed by Google Analytics to throttle request rate1 day
_gat_gtag_UA_*GoogleUsed to throttle request rate.1 minute
_gd#GoogleThis is a Google Analytics Session cookie used to generate statistical data on how you use the website which is removed when you quit your browser.Session
_gidGoogleRegisters a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.1 day
Content not available