During the month of December, we talk about the continent of Africa. I always introduce the children to the book, Honey Honey Lion, by Jan Brett. We also read The Hat, by Jan Brett with the season changing to Winter in the Northern Hemisphere.Continue reading “Circle Time Book/Play”
Phonetic Reading Boxes
The Montessori Language Program is designed for children to learn phonetically. Phonics is a reading method that allows a child to learn the sounds of letters by developing an understanding of how these sounds are used individually, in groups, and whole words. Phonetic instruction is the foundation of the Montessori Language Program. Once a child has mastered the sounds associated to each letter, they are introduced to the movable alphabet, which allows them to put letters together, sounding them out to spell simple, then progressively more complex, words.Continue reading “Phonetic Reading Boxes”
The Classroom Library
The library area of the classroom should be comfortable, inviting, and beautiful. We realize the importance of books being vital tools to use in a child’s development. Language, vocabulary, and comprehension skillsContinue reading “The Classroom Library”
Alphabet Sound Extensions
If your looking for an idea to reinforce letter sounds, a fun way can be through books and art, especially for the younger child. The book set by Jane Belk called, My First Steps to Reading is a great resource.
I appreciate her use of the letter sound highlighted in each book as well as her use of lower case letters. If you decide to use them, keep in mind that they are fictional books, and a reminder of this will need to be brought out to the children in a Montessori classroom.Continue reading “Alphabet Sound Extensions”
Book on the Shelf
I wanted to share some of what I call, “Books on the Shelf.” As I look at the books to be used in the classroom to enhance a lesson, I try to think how this can be made into a book with props to be available as work choice for the children. Books with props help children to discover the joy of literature and deepen the understanding of the story. They are fun to put together and the children really enjoy them. I wanted to share some of the one’s I put together over the years.
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