If you are looking for excellent full lessons for grammar that include the Grammar farm (play yard or house whatever miniature environment you are using) check out Montessori Research and Development Manual - Language Arts V Early Childhood.
Grammar boxes are used in Elementary Grammar, depending on your child.
Montessori Research and Development Manual - Language Arts Volume 1
I chose to paint these boxes in the colour of each part of speech as retained in the symbols.
The elementary materials I am making for the boxes are with cards that are not colour coded, as were our earlier grammar works.
There are a series of lessons for each box. My MR&D Manual (above) provides full details of all lessons/command cards, and word card content for each box, that you can make yourself.
You will also use your grammar symbols with these boxes.
-The Montessori Elementary Material by Maria Montessori, is an amazing book that will give you instruction and full details for Montessori Grammar & Box Use to read it for free online visit here.
We came up with a very simple and inexpensive way to construct the boxes quite true to form, without individual slots labelled with colours.
We will use printed labels for each part of speech and place them into our boxes for word card sorting.
Here are the parts for our Adjective box.
My husband used simple 2 x 4 (use a nice one, or trim it to get really nice straight edges), and cut it on the table saw to make a long wedge, the long triangular piece was then cut into 3'' wedges to form the card slots.
The dividers are simple lattice molding cut down a bit to cover all four sides of the wedges, with two small pieces placed between the wedges.
The bottom is just a square of left over Masonite, but you can use whatever you have on hand to make a bottom. We used used carpenter's glue and small brads to secure the boxes.
I really like that the boxes that are painted in a solid colour to match the part of speech. and The long space on top is used for command/lesson cards, and the word cards are placed in the slots please see the video link above.
I really hope this is helpful!
These boxes were actually very simple to construct this way and extremely inexpensive. If you wish to save even more money you do not even need to paint them. You simply use craft paint for the large command card area or even coloured card stock. Just a note that our Preposition box has a extra slot on top. This was not intentional and just an error.
Good luck making your boxes!
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