Here are some of the materials on our shelves in December
Play Dough Mats
Add these to your play dough work and see what the children do with them. I’ve really developed a liking for play dough mats over the last few years! From the December Preschool Pack
Cutting strips. Children can practice their cutting skills by cutting on the black lines. They can then glue the pictures onto a piece of paper. Or, we may add them to a little basket to use with our 0-9 counting paper. From the December Preschool Pack
Sorting by color on felt mats. From the December Preschool Pack
Sorting by color AND picture
Matching with the Montessori Color Tablets
Make a little Color booklet.
Sorting by size (extra labels in case you prefer the words big/little) From the December Preschool Pack
A cutting and pasting extension to go with the size sorting work.
Oral Language Development
The Question Game. Distribute the pictures among a small group of children. Name each picture and talk about it together. Draw a question card and let the children use the clues to identify the correct picture. We love this game as a prompt for oral language activities. From the December Preschool Pack
Following Directions. This is also fun to play with a small group of children. This set has four levels of difficulty- ranging from 1-step directions to 3-step directions which involve moving around the room. From the December Preschool Pack
This is a simple outline matching work. From the December Preschool Pack
Silhouette Matching. It’s fun to look at the silhouettes first and see if you can figure out what it is without looking at the colored picture. From the December Preschool Pack
Upper and lower case letter matching cards. From the December Literacy Pack.
Initial letter clip cards
Coloring sheets can be used as an extension if desired. From the December Literacy Pack.
3-part phonetic reading cards. These also come with a red border if you prefer to match them with your seasonal work. From the December Literacy Pack.
CVC word families. We printed these on pink paper to coordinate with our pink series reading work. You can leave them as lists or cut apart to make a sorting work. From the December Literacy Pack.
We added some recording sheets to the word family work for handwriting practice
Some story paper for composing stories! Non-writers can dictate stories to the teacher. From the December Literacy Pack.
Last week we shared our December Phonological Awareness Activities
I had so much fun making the December materials, I made a similar preschool pack for Kwanzaa!
Seemi holds a Master's degree in education, and an AMS Early Childhood credential. She has twenty years of experience in Montessori as a teacher, school administrator, and school owner. She is the founder of TrilliumMontessori.org.