Learning to read is not a race while there is so much emphasis on phonics these days.
The child has to be ready before they start reading on their own, if not it leads to frustration.
Pre-reading activities or reading readiness is like a warm-up before you start exercising.
I have a curated list of free printables which you can directly download from the websites.
Montessori explains that the sensitive period for language is from 0-6. Reading aloud books and associating objects to words are all started from birth, while these activities can be started anywhere from 3-6 years.
1.Reading Aloud before Bedtime:
My son loves to read and I read aloud to him before our nap time while we snuggle together. We started with picture books with few sentences each page and then moved on to books with more text. Now we read books like this at 3.5 years.
2.Sorting by Category:
Sorting is an important skill that cannot be taken for granted. This blog beautifully explains why sorting is essential in the part of growing. In the later part of the blog there are plentiful ideas to sort by category. If your child is young and you want to begin then concrete objects are the best to start with. Check this post for young children less than 3. I would like to try all of the sorting ideas in our future work. For now, we tried a few of it and I have attached the links of free printables below. Don’t forget to download and practice them.
3.What does not belong?
Once children learn to sort they start noticing how things are alike and what is different. You can read on how to do this activity here and download your set of cards from below.
Sequencing is an important life skill by itself. Here Children learn to move from left to right like how we read on print and also
The printable can be downloaded from below.
This is an extension work of pattern cards, the story sequence helps to observe and recall events.
You can start with something as simple as “Jack and Jill” Rhyme (printable link below) and ask your child to arrange them in order.
The one we used is a bit complex which explains the story of a snowman. This printable comes with a control card i.e. Montessori way of the child to know if he has done the work successfully. The printable link is mentioned below.
6.Picture to Background Matching:
This activity is to help one prepare for figure ground perception. This helps in focusing on one piece of information from a busy background. In simple words: looking for a particular word/line on a book page.
“I Spy” games can be done to work on this. We did some simple picture puzzle downloaded from a website. Link is given below.
7.Using Magnifying Lens to Focus on an Object:
My son is now fascinated to use his magnifying lens and I took that to advantage by giving him some matching work with the help of the lens. While he was working on this, I understood he enjoys using the lens a lot. In the coming days we hope we do a lot more of magnifying lens activities. The printable can be downloaded from below.
8.Look alike cards:
This teaches the child to move from left to right and top to bottom. You can read on how to present this activity here. The printable link is mentioned below.
I have always been an avid reader and I also read while I nursed my son. Probably he took it from me; he was so interested in books than his cars or Lego blocks.
When we started to have limited screen time after he turned two, there were on and off periods of reading. And to wean him off the screen time, we went back to the books. And it worked liked a charm.
This morning, I saw him cuddle up and observe a picture book for good ten minutes. I did not want to interrupt him, I was so delighted to watch him read.
I have always found pleasure in reading and most of the days I have gone to sleep with a book in my hands. I hope my son also finds his comfort in books and believes that books are one of the best things that had happened to this world.
I have put a list of books which we have read and which are on our wish list after going through all the book reviews.
If you are a new mom/ or trying to introduce books to your lil one, then this guide should get you started on this.
If you are already reading to your lil book lover, then list your favorite ones in the comments section so that I could add them to the list for the newbies 🙂
What I love about Tulika books are that they are Indianised and the child could easily relate to the characters and the background scenes happening on the book. That said, Tulika’s logo is a crow. You get the drift? 😉
Okay without much ado, let’s go through the list.
Lets catch the rain
What did you see?
Where is amma?
My mother’s saree
What shall I make?
Same and different
Follow the ants
Carry me mama
Tsomo and momo
What will I become when I grow up?
Colour colour kamini
If you are not sure, which books would suit your lil one’s age, I would suggest you to hop to this awesome group where Divya handpicks Indian books to make your lil one hooked to books 🙂
Few days back, he dropped a porcelain tea cup which shattered into pieces. I panicked for a moment, but I didn’t react. I asked him “ So how do we clean it?” and he asked me for a broom. I gave him a small hand sized broom and a dustpan. To my surprise, he did an amazing job to get them on to the dustpan and then to the bin. Such is the power of Montessori learning at home.
Yup, numbers and letters could wait while we master our practical life skills 🙂 with our child. They let us know what they want us to help with and we could see in what skill they need our help to guide them.
Education for independence is very much important and as moms we do have to help them achieve it.
So what is stopping you? Get down to your child and ask him for his help. Allow him to show off his skills and you don’t forget to appreciate his contribution. You are helping him build his confidence and self esteem in the process.
Show your child how to put back things in its place once you are done working on that task.
Show them how to comb their hair, how to button their shirt,how to put their shoes.
Use “please when you request something” and don’t forget to say “ thank you” when they do so.
Don’t preach what you can’t practice. After all they model us and they grow to be adults like us.
Little Fingers at Work is hosting its first ever giveaway. A bigggg time giveaway!!! Could be the best one you would get to see in a long time from the internet world.
What do you get?
Nope… Not Printables.
But you get awesome hands-on learning materials which are carefully handpicked by yours truly.
Why should you be part of this giveaway?
Because the giveaway products are so irresistible that you can’t let it go. And hey, shipping is free too if you are here in India.
There would not be just one or two winners, but 10 of you. So, your probability of winning is even higher.
These are all child sized, having the little fingers in mind. Some of them are not so easy to be found in the market and I am making things easy for you 🙂
Again, what do you get to win?
10 lucky moms will get any one item (random choice of gift) from the below list.
1.This cute little ceramic creamer set for all your pouring works.
2.This cheery yellow sorting plate to make sorting easier and even more fun to do 🙂
3.Child sized mini grater and toddlers first knife for your little chef 🙂
4.Wooden Tangrams Set to make houses, ships or anything they could think of.
5.A paint brush kit which has 15 types of brushes. Let’s get their artistic masterpieces ready 🙂
6.Child Safe Cookie Cutters which could be used to bake cookies or simply play with play dough 🙂
7.Sugar tong and a squeeze bottle which are perfect for small hands. The sugar tongs could be used for transferring works. Squeeze bottles could be used for jam/ sauce spreading or even to squeeze paint.
8.A milk jar which could be used to pour his own milk or water to his cup.
9.Small sized rolling pin. Did you know that it is an awesome pre-writing work?
10.Amazon gift voucher worth 200 which you can use to buy books. 🙂
What if you are not the lucky one?
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Food makes my heart sing and Kitchen is my happy place. I also have my food blog here. I learnt to cook after I got married and became a regular cook once my little one turned 6 months old. We were following baby led weaning and since then I always cooked in front of an audience translation: little boy.
I did not have any help at that point in time and little one was always hanging around in the background watching me cook from a distance.
So yours truly decided to involve him in the kitchen and help me out. He cannot help me out a-z in the kitchen but there are some pretty awesome ways we could work together in harmony.
And yeah, there is loads of mess to clear later and a heavy sink to be cleaned- but the fun makes up to it.
Did you get to read my little helper in the kitchen post? Nope, then go and read it here 🙂
After which we have been doing a bit of baking here and there.
Baking together can be so much of fun. And it’s got ample learning opportunities. Who wouldn’t want to try it?
So, there we were deciding on what recipe that we should start with. And we zeroed on this simple butter cake. This is the classic starter cake for anyone who wants to learn baking. It is easy to make with no complicated techniques or fancy ingredients. Plus they are fool proof. It is very hard to mess up with this recipe and would be ideal for my little one to start as well. You can find the recipe here.
Before we head on to the recipe I am going to tell you why baking together is a great learning resource for your little one.
1.They introduce indirect math concepts
They learn to count when you say “We are going to add in two eggs. One and now two “
They learn fractions when the recipe calls for half a butter slice.
They also learn time concepts: Forty five minutes in the oven
And finally, sequencing: First beat sugar, then add butter and as the recipe calls
2.They make up for awesome pre-writing works
Their hand muscles put in a lot of resistance when they mix hard butter and sugar.
When they roll their dough to make a cookie
When they cut cookie shapes, they wrist muscles are preparing your child to hold a pencil.
When they place dough carefully on a baking tray they learn how to place them from left to right or in a pattern.
Like I said, as simple as baking might seem to look, there are plenty of learning opportunities.
Show them how we wash hands before you start baking.
Ask them to help you get all your baking essentials ready.
Ask them to help you pick your whisker, cookie cutters and so on.
If you have a recipe printed, show it to them and let them know that you are going to read what is on this paper and follow them to the T.
4.Other practical life skills:
Learning to wash hands before and after the work
To stir the ingredients
To crack eggs
To pour ingredients into the bowl. Read other pouring works here.
To clean the kitchen counter once you are done baking.
They get to see the ingredients, use their hands to get messy and smell the cake when it is the oven, listening to the beater sound and tasting them delicacies once they are done 🙂 Yup, all their five senses are involved and what more fun could it be:-)
Teaching different ingredient names and talking about from where they come from. My son doesn’t comprehend that butter comes from milk. But yeah, one day he would 🙂
They learn the change of states, they get to see how a solid butter melts when applied some force.
Other important benefits:
They take pride in what they have done and have a sense of accomplishment. This in turns helps them build their independence and self confidence.
Other tips to keep in mind:
We usually reduce the sugar quantity to one third of what the recipe calls. We do not encourage having any sugar loaded treats at home.
Be prepared for a mess. That is also a learning opportunity to show them how to clean 🙂
Pre-measure the ingredients to make it easy for your toddler. Get the entire stuff ready like a TV cookery show.
Make sure your child is well napped and is on his best of the moods while you bake together.
Make sure you stay away from any heated appliances.
Plan ahead and know your recipe so that your toddler doesn’t have to wait while you check the recipe on your phone.I learnt this lesson the hard way 🙂
If your child is allergic to any of the ingredients (raw eggs), please be extra careful.
Go pick your apron, wear your chef hat and get ready to bake with your toddler 🙂
And watch out this space next to see how we assemble a pizza together 🙂
Valentine’s Day is round the corner and the whole town will be filled with RED heart shaped balloons. We do have special plans too :-)Sometimes I wonder why so much hype for just one day? I digress.
My clever cookie doesn’t fail to amuse me every day. His language is improving in a jet speed and he communicates well than before. He clearly doesn’t understand what Valentine’s Day is and why there are so many rose petals at home, but nevertheless we had our share of fun.
Red Buttons Spooning
You would have comprehended from my earlier posts that we practice certain skills for quite some time till we are so done with it. We are learning to use the spoon with minimal spillage. Few days back, he had yogurt and I could see he had done a neat job by balancing the spoon and there was very little spillage. Yayy!!
Heart Shaped Cookies Décor
Earlier this week, we did a batch of cookies. A simple oats cookie and we did top them up with these bright colours. This one is sweet condensed milk and some strawberry cuts. We just did one cookie and all three of us shared that one piece 😉
Cookie Cutter Art
This one is pretty simple to do. Not much of fuss and doesn’t need any prep work for this. Check out our artistic masterpiece 🙂
Rose Petals Heart Shaped Art
When we tried to tear some paper and do a collage recently, it was a face palm situation. We had a huge meltdown after that. This time we tried to stick some rose petals on the art shaped cutout. Turns out this is one of the best sensory play activities we had done. Learning how the glue works and the sticky effect exploration was carefully done. He tried to remove the pieces and stick them again; I guess he was trying to observe how this sticky thing works 🙂
Heart Shapes Visual Discrimination
I have been talking about visual discrimination from time to time and how beneficial it is. This activity indirectly prepares them to observe the similarities and differences. He had to use a pebble to mark the different heart piece.You can download the printable from below.
Rose Petals Transfer
We are still mastering our tong skills before we move onto scissor work. Why tongs? They give way to scissor skills which in turn plays a bigger role in writing/holding a pencil. Montessori was a genius to have developed every activity with careful planning.
Rose Petals Sensory Bottle
I gave him a glass jar filled with glittered water and a funnel to pour the water into this bottle. This glittered water shows a water level markup in the bottle. We tried pushing/dropping in those rose petals through the bottle neck. We later shook them and observed how the glitters settled underneath. These bottles are called calming bottles for a reason 🙂
Rose Petals Prewriting Pattern
This is similar to the gluing art activity, but this one had a pattern and he had to go along with it. We did the simple horizontal line stroke.
I hope you try these simple activities at home and don’t forget to tell me how much you guys liked them.
I get a high when I get a comment, so please comment below. We could be good friends 🙂
And hey Happy Valentine’s Day to you and to your little ones 🙂