Teaching Consonant Blends with the Montessori Blue Series

Last month I shared how we began reading with the Montessori Pink Series, so here’s the next step in our Montessori reading and writing journey:  the Montessori Blue Series!

While the Pink Series focuses on 3 letter consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words with a short vowel, the Blue Series begins to introduce consonant blends while retaining that short vowel/phonetic element.

Once L had clearly mastered all of our Pink Series Cards, I knew it was time for the next step — the Blue Series!

I began by introducing one consonant blend at a time with just their pictures, then invited L to use our movable alphabet to build the word.  However, she wasn’t satisfied with just one blend at a time — she was hungry for more.  So we actually ended up learning 3-4 new consonant blends each time I presented the work until we had gone through all of the Blue Series Cards.

Once she was comfortable building the words herself, I added the word cards to the photo cards and showed her how to read each word and match it to the correct photo.

Finally, L read from word lists of 5 words for each consonant blend without the added help of a photo.  I intended to only read a few word lists at a time, but that just wasn’t enough for L — she insisted on reading through all 29 word lists in one sitting.

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know that L has now mastered the Blue Series and has begun the Green Series — so stay tuned to see how it’s going!



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