Tag: Language

Reading Program

Reading Program

I have been busy reorganizing my reading program and getting it ready for the new school year. There are three reasons for me doing this. One is because the shelf space at the school I will begin working at is limited so I needed to condense the many boxes somehow. The second reason is because it will be an older group of children and I realized I may need to provide more than one set of say, sentences to work with. Some of my things are very old and so a making them again has felt great! Another reason is

because I have been doing some Dyslexia Tutoring and I wanted to incorporate some of the ideas from those lessons. I think they could prove to be helpful and enhance the reading program.

An idea of the reading boxes I needed to work with and reorganize.
An idea of the reading boxes I needed to work with and reorganize.
One main thing I did, was take all the phonogram boxes and make folders for them
One main thing I did, was take all the phonogram boxes and make folders for them. Each folder has the pictures and two sets of word cards. One set has the phonogram highlighted in red and the other one has the words just in black. Children match red labels to pictures and then will read the black cards and spell those words.
I added some nonsense word lists
I added some nonsense word lists to be sure the children are blending each of individual sounds together properly into a word for any children that may need extra help with sound blending.
I made a set of phrases for the children to work with before they begin sentence building.
I made a set of phrases for the children to work with before they begin sentence building.
Sentences with Pictures
Sentences with Pictures
Digraph Flowers
Digraph Flowers

I have now added introducing these digraphs along with CK during the “Blue Series”, or four/five letter words part of the reading program. I did this because they are commonly used and are found in some of the sentences in the Blue Series, so I wanted to include them prior to children working with those sentences.

These are just some of the things I’ve changed or added to the reading program. To get a full picture of it all, I’ve updated the Language Section which can be found on the homepage of Just Montessori.

The Sandpaper Letters

The Sandpaper Letters

The Sandpaper Letters are one of the main features of the language area in a Montessori classroom. They are beautiful and easily attract the attention of children. As children work with the Sandpaper Letters, their sense of site, touch, and hearing is involved. They can feel the sandpaper shape of each letter and begin to learn that each one has a name and a sound. Phonetic sounds are the foundation for the reading program in a Montessori classroom.

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Apple Fun

Apple Fun

September is a great time to have fun with apples. Previous post highlighted some activities and lesson ideas to use with apples. Some may be repeated and others may be new on this post. I especially enjoy bringing a variety of apples into the classroom for the children to taste. During this month I like to include lessons on the five senses, and highlight the lesson on taste, a day before our apple tasting activity.

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Phonetic Reading Boxes

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.

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South America

South America

During the first week of each month, I like to introduce a new continent is and various lessons continue with it for the remainder of the month. This month features the continent of South America. Children keep their little passports stamped with each new continent we talk about.

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Pre-Language Activities

Pre-Language Activities

The Language area of the Montessori environment begins for young children with exercises that involve such things as matching, classifying, and sorting. Children are often seen naturally sorting out objects. These materials develop thinking skills and build the foundation for later problem-solving skills.

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Alphabet Sound Extensions

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.

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