8 Ideas for Montessori Pre-Reading Activities

8 Ideas for Montessori Pre-Reading Activities

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.

4.Pattern Cards:

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.

5.Story Sequence:

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.

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Printable download links:

http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/Language-Materials_ep_60-1.html

https://www.montessoriinspiredprintables.com/products/montessori-pre-reading-what-does-not-belong-activity

http://www.makinglearningfun.com/themepages/JackandJillSequentialOrder.htm

http://www.totschooling.net/2014/09/fall-leaf-shadow-matching.html

http://www.kellyskindergarten.com/science/science_center_activities.html

 

Reference links:

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/matching_and_sorting_are_early_stages_of_math_development

https://mindmoves.co.za/articles/article/PreReadingAndSpellingSkills.pdf

http://www.howwemontessori.com/how-we-montessori/2013/08/why-matching-sorting-and-categorising-is-good-for-their-brain-development.html

http://girlfriendscoffeehour.com/2013/11/14/4-benefits-sorting-activities-young-children/

http://carrotsareorange.com/pre-reading-lessons/

http://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com/figure-ground-perception.html

Teaching Toddlers Day and Night Difference

Lately my little toddler gets overexcited at night and I found it very difficult to explain it to him that it was night and the whole city sleeps including the street dogs. Man that was a Hercules task. He did not want to sleep and did not want to turn off the lights. Then I took in that I had to do something about this.

I had to frequently talk about the day and night difference and how the sun is up through the day and nights are dark. We spoke about shadows and moon. I also showed him how we turn on lights when it gets dark in the evening and that in some time we would hit the bed. I spoke about earth too but he didn’t get much on what I was saying.

Then, we decided to learn about them by doing some tray activities. We did some picture sorting which had clear distinction of day and night. You can download them from here.  🙂

Teaching toddlers day and night activities

Clever Cookie sorted out the day and night skies. Good Job!!

We did day and night picture sorting where he had to sort them on the mat. You can download this printable from below link.

Teaching toddlers day and night activities sensory sky night

Oh those are stars on the tea dust. And that’s the box that came with Ferrero Rocher and the jar from a cake shop:-)

I tried this sensory bottle in which I filled with tea dust and tiny stars to depict night time. I showed him how to count the stars while I picked them up from the tray to jar.

Teaching toddlers day and night activities shadow preschooler

We had a blast doing this after we turned off the lights 🙂

We did some shadow puppet game to turn the lights off  🙂 I got these printables from Charlotte’s blog.You can download those awesome puppets from there.

We stuck the stars and moon on the black painted card stock.

We stuck the stars and moon on the black painted card stock.

Teaching toddlers day and night activities clouds sun sky

Similarly, we stuck the clouds and the sun on a blue cardstock

Finally some craft work too 🙂 We stuck the stars and moon on a black painted card stock for the night sky.Similarly, for the day sky we stuck the clouds and sun on the blue one.  Again printables can be downloaded from below link 🙂

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Montessori Inspired Pattern Activities for Toddlers

Montessori Inspired Pattern Activities for Toddlers

Montessori Printable Pattern activitiesHello awesome moms. Arrghh, dads too 🙂

We did these simple Montessori inspired pattern activities for my toddler at home.

Before that, I like to share how we get to proceed with each activity.

I present one new activity everyday (at least when I am on the best of my moods :-)) and rotate what we have already to get stabilized on what was done earlier. I remove them off my shelf when my son loses interest.

So, why does your toddler should do pattern matching/sorting?

We see patterns everyday don’t we, how do we connect the dots? Patterns?

Now you know why?

Now you know why?

Patterning activities lays foundation for their math activities.

And how crucial is pattern matching in developing visual discrimination skills? Read here.

You can download this free printable here.

Pattern Matching for Toddlers

I placed a sample under glass tumbler and put the rest of the pieces on a tray.

The transparent glasses were much easier than the muffin tray.

The transparent glasses were much easier than the muffin tray.

You may ask, why give glass to a toddler? Won’t he break it?

Montessori insists on using real and breakable items.

Seeing a glass break will teach the child to be gentle and handle fragile things carefully in the future. Yup, Montessori saw broken items as a learning experience. Smart lady, wasn’t she?

I had only three glasses at home. Yes, there is only one Papa Bear, Mama Bear and a Baby Bear at home 🙂

I extended the activity by adding some more patterns on a muffin tray.

Muffin trays are not just for muffins, right?

Muffin trays are not just for muffins, right?

Download them, print and laminate them. Use them and tell me if your lil one liked it? 🙂

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Montessori Inspired Matching Objects to Pictures – Toddler Visual Discrimination Skills Part2

Hello, how are you today? I have been quiet busy with shifting my house and I am slacking a bit here on my blog. Nevertheless, my little boy doesn’t find it comfortable to play around with all the carton boxes spread across the house.

In my previous home, we used our open lower unit shelf as his Montessori shelf and here we do not have one. For time being our shoe rack is our new Montessori shelf till our pay day 🙂

We are working on our visual discrimination skills and this is a follow up post on that. Montessori inspired object to picture matching.

Why should one match objects to pictures?

Like I said before, this helps in developing their visual discrimination skills. You could read more about it here.

Move from concrete to abstract. . This is one of the beautiful theories of Montessori Method. First they play with objects (concrete), and then move to picture-object association and from there to abstract (picture to picture association). This concept comes in handy when they start polishing their mathematical skills and sensorial learning in the later years.

How does one match objects to pictures?

I made these vegetables and fruits cards which you can use like flash cards too. You can download these printables  from here

Fruit Cards

Vegetable Cards

Or you could photograph the objects you have already at home with a clean background and laminate them.

Here you go. This is how we did it.

 

Haan.. Jing Jaang thought that was for eating :-)

Haan.. Jing Jaang thought that was for eating 🙂

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I then had to convince him, that we would eventually eat it after we finish this activity 🙂

 

 

11 Fun Ways to Teach Shapes to Your Toddler

11 Fun Ways to Teach Shapes to Your Toddler

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To talk of this post, my toddler and I have been learning shapes for the last few weeks and he has mastered the basic shapes with ease. Achievement 🙂

You could ask me, why one should teach toddler shapes?
• Obviously, that lays foundation for their reading and writing skills. Like ‘o’ is a full circle and ‘c’ is a semi-circle. W,V,X has triangles in it. You get the idea?
• To recognize math numbers. Need I explain?
• Solve all the jigsaw puzzles that they would be solving in the later years
• Drawing gets easier. Literally everything breaks down to shapes and most of the kids learn to draw a sun(a circle with lines) first 🙂

How could you teach shapes?
I have put some easy and fun ways to learn shapes. This printable is attached so that you could download them as well 🙂
1. Ear buds shape: I dipped in paint on either side of the bud to show distinct edges and made shapes for my little one to see.

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2. Outline shapes: I drew the outline of the shapes onto a chart board and my little Jing Jaang matched them on the first try. Probably because he had used the shape sorter earlier.

Teach shapes toddler outline


3. Shape sorter: This was the first toy my little one had used to learn shapes and it pretty much served the purpose. For the first few days, he could only drop in a circle but he graduated brilliantly. I would recommend starting with this for a one year old.

Teach shapes toddler shape sorter
4. Shape Cards: I love making cards and I added few more new shapes to the already familiar ones. You can find the free download link below.

Teach shapes toddler cards
5. Shapes through food: We spoke of shapes each time I identified a shape on it. Like a round pizza,a triangle samosa, an oval avocado. You could go a step ahead and cook them with your lil one.

Teach shapes toddler food
6. Paper plate shapes puzzle: This is more like the outline shapes puzzle. You could use even a simple chart to do this. I painted the plate and cut shapes for him to match and fit in.

Teach shapes toddler plates

7. Ice cream stick shapes: These were doing the rounds on the internet and I thought I should be making it too:-). It takes less than a minute to do, so try them at home. Will you?

Teach shapes toddler ice cream
8. Scrubber shapes: These shapes were cut from the dishwasher sponges and we did paint with it 🙂 That was toddler approved 🙂

Teach shapes toddler paint
9. Matching big and small sized shapes: You can download this printable from the link below. Another starter kit to learn.

Teach shapes toddler size
10. Sketched Shapes using Coffee Seeds: You can get this printable below. We used the coffee beans to outline the shape. Helps in fine motor activity as well. We learnt the color brown and fell in love with its aroma.

Teach shapes toddler coffee

11. Match shapes in a Hut:My little one couldnt this one. Yet i thought I will share it. You can use the below printable.

Teach shapes toddler match

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Shape Cards

Shapes Sizes and Hut

Coffee Seeds Outline

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Help Your Toddler Learn and Match Colours the Montessori Way

Matching colours started a long time before we started learning colour names. I took the opportunity in every situation to teach my toddler colors. Read about my colour treasure baskets here.

Like when we were in a market, I showed him red, yellow and green capsicum/bell pepper and how they were all same but yet different.

I showed him a black crow, a yellow lemon, a red postbox and a green leaf. But when I pointed out to something and asked what color it was, he always replied “green”. Yup, that was his favorite color for a long time 🙂

We learnt colors when we shopped for saris ,every time we wore a dress, we learnt colours in vegetable shops, in wholesale plastic shops, in toy shops, in chocolate counters, in pastry shops, in kitchens .Literally anywhere. 🙂 I also had this sensory bean bags made.

This was the first time he matched colors

 

match colors

Now we are revisiting those activities here in my mom’s place. You can buy those elephants from Funskool Elephalinks

matchYou can get these colors pdf downloaded here..

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Laminate them for longer life time 🙂

Also you can find one more bus colors matching printable here.

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Potato Painting

Hola, how are you all? I am at my parents place and internet here is a rare thing. I plan to be here for next ten days and I don’t want my blog to go on a snooze mode again. So, I dug up few pictures on my camera to share with you all.

On a rainy day, me and my lil Jing Jaang did his all time favorite and much loved activity.

bee2Yup, we painted. I had these insects which he already recognizes and I thought we would sketch and paint them. I must have been joking in my head for I am really pathetic when it comes to drawing and my lil one is too little to even draw a straight line. And your mighty(me) came with a brilliant idea, to do pattern painting. 🙂 I painted the background for him and let him paint the rest.

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I held his hand to draw those strokes on the honey bee and lil one was annoyed since I didn’t let him do it himself.

So, I painted a red background for the ladybug and gave him a potato to put those black spots and yayyy it was super easy for him.

And then, I gave him a plain white sheet and ear buds(dipped in black paint) to replicate the ants and he did it. 🙂 For the next two days, I kept bragging about this to everyone who visited us 🙂

Why don’t you guys share your lil ones art work here? I am sure you are proud mommy too 🙂

Wheels on the Bus-Free Printable

If your toddler is like my son, who goes crazy for wheels on the bus, then check this out.

The action cards(PDF) below were made and I had my lil one to pick a card and I sang. This is a lovely action song were we learn vocabulary and movement.

bus1I also made the colours card(PDF below) so he can match the buses with the color.

And through this size cards(again PDF below 🙂 ), we learnt the difference between a small and big.

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Learn Colours

Learn Size Difference

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