Montessori Reading: Start with the Sand Tray
Young children of all ages can start learning the lines, swirls, and circles of letters by using the Montessori Sand Tray. The picture here shows a good example of the tray itself -- you can definitely make a good tray using DIY setups!
Demonstrate how to make lower case letters in the sand by tracing with one or two fingers. Now let your child try.
Simple, effective, and lots of fun.
(Just cover the tray if you have a cat in the house)