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    NAC Sandpaper Letters?

    Anyone want to walk me through how to make the NAC Sandpaper Letters? Or point me to a place to purchase them online?
    Plans for 2019-20

    DD1 - 24 - College Grad and rocking her own bakery business
    DD2 - 13 - 8A Louisville HLS Cottage School and MPOA
    DS3 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
    DS4 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
    DD5 - 7 - MP2, Louisville HLS Cottage School
    DS6 - 5 - MP K

    [url]www.thekennedyadventures.com/all-about-our-memoria-press-homeschool[/url]

    #2
    Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

    I ordered these:

    https://www.amazon.com/Ideal-School-...dpaper+letters

    They were not that expensive. And i am not crafty so i just purchased some.

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      #3
      Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

      Originally posted by imcl1084TX View Post
      I ordered these:

      https://www.amazon.com/Ideal-School-...dpaper+letters

      They were not that expensive. And i am not crafty so i just purchased some.
      I actually have those already. For Simply Classical Level 2 - it talks about making sandpaper letters for NAC (New American Cursive). I've seen some cursive sandpaper letters, but they're not NAC.
      Plans for 2019-20

      DD1 - 24 - College Grad and rocking her own bakery business
      DD2 - 13 - 8A Louisville HLS Cottage School and MPOA
      DS3 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
      DS4 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
      DD5 - 7 - MP2, Louisville HLS Cottage School
      DS6 - 5 - MP K

      [url]www.thekennedyadventures.com/all-about-our-memoria-press-homeschool[/url]

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        #4
        Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

        Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
        I actually have those already. For Simply Classical Level 2 - it talks about making sandpaper letters for NAC (New American Cursive). I've seen some cursive sandpaper letters, but they're not NAC.
        Oh OK. I got confused. Sorry about that! NAC = New American Cursive! Got it!

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          #5
          Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

          Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
          Anyone want to walk me through how to make the NAC Sandpaper Letters? Or point me to a place to purchase them online?
          Do you have amazon prime?

          There are several montessori vendors that sell cursive sandpaper letters. However, I haven't looked at the font close enough to see how they differ with the NAC style. The shipping always kills you at these places though (ask me how I know....$2000+ invested in Montessori materials....I've pretty much sold them all!!! (though, they do hold their value...and I sold them for almost what I paid for them, so there is that!).

          Here are a few links and maybe Cheryl can let us know if they are "good enough"?

          https://www.kidadvance.com/advanced_...etters&submit=

          http://www.adenamontessori.com/ius/details.php?did=943

          http://www.montessoriequipment.com/S...-p/l.402.1.htm

          http://www.montessorioutlet.com/cgi-...D%2DCursive%2D

          A lot of people complained about the lead lines in the sandpaper letters. I only found 1 vendor that did not have them, but they no longer carry them. So, the solution seems to be to scratch off the lead in lines.

          I don't think we will be re-purchasing them though. It was rather painful to teach my current SC2'er print. I'm rather dreading cursive! Although, I know it is supposed to be easier. When we taught the print, it was a week solid of each letter. We did not do any paper writing until the last day! Anyway, this round, I think we will just trace the letter with our finger on the page (I know it does not give the tactile feedback) then draw it in the sand. I might try some of those "paint" bags. You put paint in a ziplock bag, seal it and tape it down. Along with some of the other suggestions in the manual. Good luck! :-)

          Lastly, if you really want to make them, you can just get some foam board, cut in squares and then write the letter in glue and let it dry. It isn't quite the same sensory feedback, but it does work.
          Christine

          (2019/2020)
          DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
          DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
          DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

          Previous Years
          DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
          DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
          DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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            #6
            Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

            I too have started just having them trace on the paper, but if you have a student(s) that really need the tactile option, it's completely doable to make your own. I did it many years ago. You can draw the letters on regular paper, cut them out, then use that as a pattern on sandpaper -- just make sure the letter patterns are backwards so you can trace them on the back of the sandpaper and end up with letters that are facing the right way! The sandpaper is then glued with spray adhesive onto cardstock or craft boards. It's quite time-consuming, but works fairly well. You may have to re-tack the letters at some point. Also make sure to use a fine grit sandpaper, especially with kids who have sensory issues as the rougher papers will backfire on you!
            Jennifer
            Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

            DS16
            MP: Lit 10, VideoText Algebra
            MPOA: High School Comp. II
            HSC: Spanish I, Conceptual Physics, Modern European History, and electives

            DS15
            MP: Biology, Lit 10, VideoText Algebra, Greek Tragedies
            MPOA: High School Comp. II, Fourth Form Latin
            HSC: Modern European History

            DS12
            7M with:
            Second Form Latin, EGR III, and HSC for US History

            DS11
            SC Level 4

            DD9
            3A, with First Form Latin (long story!)

            DD7/8
            Still in SC Level 2

            DD 4/5
            SC Level C

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              #7
              Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

              Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
              I too have started just having them trace on the paper, but if you have a student(s) that really need the tactile option, it's completely doable to make your own. I did it many years ago. You can draw the letters on regular paper, cut them out, then use that as a pattern on sandpaper -- just make sure the letter patterns are backwards so you can trace them on the back of the sandpaper and end up with letters that are facing the right way! The sandpaper is then glued with spray adhesive onto cardstock or craft boards. It's quite time-consuming, but works fairly well. You may have to re-tack the letters at some point. Also make sure to use a fine grit sandpaper, especially with kids who have sensory issues as the rougher papers will backfire on you!
              Wonder if we can get Iris to make us a template of NAC letters backwards.


              I'm simply not a DIY person most days.
              Plans for 2019-20

              DD1 - 24 - College Grad and rocking her own bakery business
              DD2 - 13 - 8A Louisville HLS Cottage School and MPOA
              DS3 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
              DS4 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
              DD5 - 7 - MP2, Louisville HLS Cottage School
              DS6 - 5 - MP K

              [url]www.thekennedyadventures.com/all-about-our-memoria-press-homeschool[/url]

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                #8
                Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

                I've never used sandpaper letters before. They were hard to find and expensive when I did. So I thought up this "hack" as we went along.

                Buy a 2-pack of these:
                https://smile.amazon.com/Board-Dudes...S8069A1N8ER0F2

                Model the letter on the board by writing it in black. Have them trace/erase it with their pointer finger. Do that for awhile until they have lots of practice and are fairly proficient (a week, give or take). Then write it in black and have them trace it in red on the board -- same Rx, about a week. Then have them write it independently. Worked for us.

                We also use these "slates" for phonics, copybook, math and just general doodling. My kids LOVE them. (Throw away the marker that comes with it, though, and get a box of fine tipped black and red ones: https://smile.amazon.com/Expo-Point-...+markers&psc=1)

                Both my older special needs babies are great printers, drawers and calculators now. I expect cursive will be no different.
                Last edited by Anita; 07-30-2016, 01:30 PM.
                Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                ~Pope St John Paul II

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                  #9
                  Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

                  Originally posted by Anita View Post
                  Buy a 2-pack of these:
                  https://smile.amazon.com/Board-Dudes...S8069A1N8ER0F2

                  Model the letter on the board by writing it. Have them trace/erase it with their pointer finger. Worked for us.

                  We use these "slates" for phonics, copybook, math and just general doodling. My kids LOVE them. (Throw away the marker that comes with it, though, and get a box of fine tipped black ones: https://smile.amazon.com/Expo-Point-...+markers&psc=1

                  I've never used sandpaper letters before. They were hard to find and expensive when I did. So I thought up this "hack" as we went along. Both my older special needs babies are great printers, drawers and calculators now. I expect cursive will be no different.
                  Oh yes! I forgot about the wet, dry, try technique from HWOT (which I never liked, but that part did work!). If you have chalkboards, you do the same as Anita above, but you get an extra little step. You write the letter, then they take tiny sponges and erase it, using correct formation. Then they trace the letter multiple times "drying" it. It does leave a little residue, so when they write it again, they are basically tracing inside the original one you wrote. Over, and over again is how I did it with my oldest! It has also been working with my son!
                  Christine

                  (2019/2020)
                  DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
                  DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
                  DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

                  Previous Years
                  DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
                  DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
                  DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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                    #10
                    Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

                    How did I forget about the wet/dry method?

                    I swear, y'all, I need a week WITHOUT thinking of homeschooling. Preferably while well stocked with hard cider and burgers.

                    What would I do without you ladies?
                    Plans for 2019-20

                    DD1 - 24 - College Grad and rocking her own bakery business
                    DD2 - 13 - 8A Louisville HLS Cottage School and MPOA
                    DS3 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
                    DS4 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
                    DD5 - 7 - MP2, Louisville HLS Cottage School
                    DS6 - 5 - MP K

                    [url]www.thekennedyadventures.com/all-about-our-memoria-press-homeschool[/url]

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                      #11
                      Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

                      Originally posted by Anita View Post
                      I've never used sandpaper letters before. They were hard to find and expensive when I did. So I thought up this "hack" as we went along.

                      Buy a 2-pack of these:
                      https://smile.amazon.com/Board-Dudes...S8069A1N8ER0F2

                      Model the letter on the board by writing it in black. Have them trace/erase it with their pointer finger. Do that for awhile until they have lots of practice and are fairly proficient (a week, give or take). Then write it in black and have them trace it in red on the board -- same Rx, about a week. Then have them write it independently. Worked for us.

                      We also use these "slates" for phonics, copybook, math and just general doodling. My kids LOVE them. (Throw away the marker that comes with it, though, and get a box of fine tipped black and red ones: https://smile.amazon.com/Expo-Point-...+markers&psc=1)

                      Both my older special needs babies are great printers, drawers and calculators now. I expect cursive will be no different.
                      What is it about dry erase markers that kids love so much? Writing on the board is a major hit here too. Lap sized ones are a great idea.

                      I also have the slates, chalk, and sponges from HWT. It's a good technique. I probably need to have them do some practice on manuscript formation this way.

                      I'll be starting NAC hopefully after Christmas, once my daughter finishes MP K. I'm leaning toward the SC 2 cursive plans for both kids, for simplicity sake.
                      Susan

                      2018-2019
                      A (10) - Barton, R&S math 3, SC 3
                      C (9) - Barton, R&S math 2, SC 3
                      G (5) - Simply Classical C

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                        #12
                        Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

                        Originally posted by sfhargett View Post
                        I'm leaning toward the SC 2 cursive plans for both kids, for simplicity sake.
                        This makes sense, Susan.

                        You may have heard that MP is already changing MP 1 cursive sheets to the SC 2 cursive sheets, so the entire SC 2 NAC plan will work well for both of your students!

                        Cheryl

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                          #13
                          Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

                          Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
                          Wonder if we can get Iris to make us a template of NAC letters backwards.

                          Dianna,

                          Would this be helpful to you? We can ask about creating a template of reverse NAC letters. Btw, do NOT use a substitute font with sandpaper, especially when first learning NAC letter formation.

                          Here is another idea:
                          You might take an evening to trace the letters onto fine-grade sandpaper yourself. You could do this with a sturdy permanent marker. Then the child can simply follow your letters with the index finger. Bonus: The process will "cement" those letters in your own mind!


                          For anyone wondering why some students might benefit from sandpaper or materials other than pencil/paper, or for anyone wanting more suggestions, read some good tactile tips here.

                          Thanks-
                          Cheryl

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                            #14
                            Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

                            The tactile feedback from the sandpaper is good! If you have a child who does not like it, try sensitizing their fingers first! http://www.infomontessori.com/sensor...fingertips.htm
                            Christine

                            (2019/2020)
                            DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
                            DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
                            DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

                            Previous Years
                            DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
                            DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
                            DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)

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                              #15
                              Re: NAC Sandpaper Letters?

                              Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
                              Dianna,

                              Would this be helpful to you? We can ask about creating a template of reverse NAC letters. Btw, do NOT use a substitute font with sandpaper, especially when first learning NAC letter formation.

                              Here is another idea:
                              You might take an evening to trace the letters onto fine-grade sandpaper yourself. You could do this with a sturdy permanent marker. Then the child can simply follow your letters with the index finger. Bonus: The process will "cement" those letters in your own mind!


                              For anyone wondering why some students might benefit from sandpaper or materials other than pencil/paper, or for anyone wanting more suggestions, read some good tactile tips here.

                              Thanks-
                              Cheryl
                              It might be helpful ........ but your suggestion of big permanent marker on fine grade sandpaper is perfect! This, I can handle.
                              Plans for 2019-20

                              DD1 - 24 - College Grad and rocking her own bakery business
                              DD2 - 13 - 8A Louisville HLS Cottage School and MPOA
                              DS3 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
                              DS4 - 11 - 4A Louisville HLS Cottage School
                              DD5 - 7 - MP2, Louisville HLS Cottage School
                              DS6 - 5 - MP K

                              [url]www.thekennedyadventures.com/all-about-our-memoria-press-homeschool[/url]

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