Mom: “It’s time to put away the blocks now. We’re going to work with some letters! It’ll be fun!”
Jamie (age 2): “No!” *runs and hides behind the couch*
Has something like this happened at your house? Probably. But don’t worry. If it has, you’re not alone!
As parents and caregivers, we are sometimes so eager to see our child recognize those first letters and read that first book that we sometimes try to push mother nature along.
The truth is adults don’t have to work very hard to teach their children language in the early years. The human brain is wired to pick up language and it is in a sensitive period to do so in the first 6 years of life. For the neurotypical brain, learning language is literally child’s play!
So why is my child resisting?
To begin to answer that, here is a quote from the introduction to the latest ebook from the Montessori Inspiration at Home series:
“As parents and caregivers, we can focus on offering rich experiences to our children through a purposeful and prepared environment. The child blooming in such an environment will find his own rhythm to learn the various nuances of language. We must entrust ourselves to such an environment. Then, we can watch with joy as our children develop a strong, loving, and gracious command over the language.”
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Did you catch that? Prepare the environment and allow your child to find his own rhythm. This right here is the key to eliminating the outbursts of “No!” and letting language development unfold.
This ebook, the second in the Montessori Inspiration at Home series, is an easy to follow guide to help you prepare the environment and follow your child’s lead in language learning.
The authors, four moms with a passion for implementing Montessori principles at home, offer practical tips and advice in this wonderful little series of ebooks. I am delighted to support them in this offering as an affiliate!
This is a Montessori inspired ebook, which means the advice and strategies offered are based on Montessori principles, but may borrow from other methodologies as well.
It includes a 50 page guide of easy to follow ideas for caregivers to use with their children (ages 2-4), plus 150+ pages of printables and resources (including Spanish printables!)
The book starts with a simple introduction to the Montessori approach to language and moves through a series of pre-literacy skills that lay the foundation for later reading and writing.
- Precursors to Reading & Writing
- The Role of the Caregivers
- Story Telling & Reading Aloud
- Around the House & Outdoors
- 5 Pre-reading Activities
- Pre-Writing Skills
- Crossing the Midline
- Sound Games
- Mystery Bag & Treasure Baskets
- Rhyme & Song
- Montessori 3 Period Lesson
- Teaching a Second Language
- Language Printable Bundle
This ebook includes printable cards for all the activities described!
- ABC cards (with upper and lowercase letters and hand drawn water color pictures)
- 3 part cards for matching work
- Sequencing cards
- Go-together cards
- I spy games
- Nursery rhymes
- Life-cycle matching cards
- Fruits & vegetables
- Category cards
- Resource guides
Who is this ebook for?
This is an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow guide. It is an excellent resource for beginners. It is geared towards the 2-4 year old age range. The ebook covers broad language development and is not simply about learning letters. If you’ve been scouring the internet for ideas, but you don’t know how to pull all those resources together, this is for you. If you’re new to the world of education and child development, you may not have realized the impact that simple oral language activities can have. This guide gives you plenty of activities to enjoy with your child, and also provides the Montessori framework of following the child’s lead, using the “three-period-lesson”, and more.
If you have been implementing Montessori for a while, you may already be familiar with most of the content. However, you may still enjoy the 150+ pages of printables (including Spanish and Bilingual versions!)
If your child currently attends a Montessori school, I would advise consulting your child’s teacher or school before purchasing any “Montessori” resources to use at home. There can be slight variation in how things are done and this may cause confusion for your child.