Website Wednesday: ABCTeach

21 years ago, I had completed my Montessori early childhood training and was getting ready to start my first job on my own. We were lacking in a lot of supplemental materials and I had one boy who was extremely advanced. The internet was just starting to be a fun place to look for new activities and I stumbled upon a new website called ABCTeach. It felt magical.

Back then, most of the materials were made using graphics often used with augmentive technology. But the materials were just what I was looking for and I was able to adapt.

I can’t remember how I first began corresponding with Sandy, the creator of the website. I think perhaps they had told us members that if we were looking for something, we could request it. I started with a color-coded Hundred Board idea, which was the only way one of my students could finally grasp the patterning. We later worked on creating three-part matching cards for vocabulary as well as nomenclature cards and booklets, plus even more. A whole Montessori category was born. I love visiting the site to see how much that area has grown. There are even a lot more real life photos now, which is so key in our Montessori activities.

There are so many great activities that are ready to print and use. Even a lot of the ones that you might consider to be more “traditional” could be adapted. I also used to use a lot of the materials when I tutored outside of school. The possibilities are endless.

There is a free version of the site that gives you a lot to choose from. But most of the Montessori materials and such are part of the membership area. Membership is actually quite affordable. And if you sign up at least for the free site, you’ll get notification of periodic sales. It’s so affordable that I maintain my subscription.

I hope to share with you some of my favorite activities and ideas. I hope you will check them out. Visit the website at www.abcteach.com. You can also find them on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

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