Here's something quick we are working on and its something that you probably have. We use magnetic letters with a cookie sheet. Cameron likes using the magnets but he's not ready to make words with them yet. With him, we practice finding the letters of his name. This is a child at school that was trying to spell different words so we gave him some picture cards with words and had him "write" the word. After he did that, he could have drawn a picture of the word and written the word. This child wasn't ready for that yet but that is what I love about montessori!! You can have a child that doesn't really know the letters but is still being exposed to them by "playing" with them and when they are ready, they find letters to make words and finally they can start to write the words on paper!