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.
It’s been raining cats and dogs here and we were lucky enough to spot a frog. Since then frogs have been our subject of interest 🙂
Honestly, who doesn’t like frogs? Yeah, the princess. But she eventually liked him 🙂 and I hear they happily live ever after.
So, we made this beautiful sensory bin where I threw in some stones and put in those cute little frogs.
Don’t they look stunning?
And we put those frogs in on the light box. If you don’t have a light box yet, then I would ask you to start making one right away (okay, after you finish reading this one ;-))
Take a clear transparent box with a lid and cover the inside with a silver foil. And some tissue paper on the lid. Add in some Christmas lights into it and Voila!!! Your light box is ready to use instantly.
That’s my little boy exploring frogs through the light box.
And how can one forget that Five little speckled frogs sat on a log rhyme? That was perfect since my toddler is at his sensitive period for numbers 🙂
If you are wondering, what those logs are made up of? Those are cinnamon sticks and we had fun trying to feel what it smells like 🙂
What a brilliant way to teach numbers in action. When I said “when 1 frog jumped in the pool “, we put one frog on the water below and continued “now there are 4 speckled frogs! glub !! glub !! glub !!”
Two fell down!!!
Oh wait; I can share you the link if you are planning to Google it up. Here you go 🙂
One on Each
And then this one, one-to-one correspondence 🙂 I got my printables from Pickled Bums.
Frog tray !!
There is one more thing I couldn’t share a picture of. Guess who did the frog jump? No points for guessing. A grown up adult jumping in the middle of the living room? Yeah, not a pleasant scene to be captured 🙂
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Do you feel that your little baby is growing up faster than you think?
Do you wish you had some more patience when it comes to your kid?
Do you think you are not doing much with your kid?
Do you want to spend quality time with your kid, but run out of ideas?
Did you say YES?
Then you are in the right place 🙂
Here are a few ideas which you can tweak to your own convenience.
These are tried and tested with my now two year old and I am sure that would work for you.
Nature is the best teacher 🙂
Get Outdoors.Ok, this is a no brainer. Take your little one outside; I am sure you must have a park or a green place close by. Point out to the birds, trees, ants, bugs, anything you see. Listen to the birds. Talk about color green. Watch the squirrels collect their neem nuts and run back.
All the kitchen items i could grab in two minutes 🙂
For the love of music 🙂
That’s Color Red 🙂
Are you worried that your little one still mouths things? Then, this one is for you. Get this treasure basket ready. This one is a no prep one and easy one at that. We introduced colours using these cute little treasure baskets. Please read here to know more about that.Read more here.
Messy little fingers 🙂
Oh, I love this one. Whomever, thought of this first is an absolute genius. Use any food that you think your little one would like to explore. I can help you with a few ideas.
Yogurt mixed with food coloring
Messing with apple sauce
Picking out chunky watermelon cubes to suck and lick them.
Pulling out each noodle/pasta which enhances finger grasp.
DIY Sensory Bean Bags.. Could have looked better 😉
Put in some colored rice into empty transparent water bottles.
Throw in some pom poms into water. Add some glitter or small miniatures to give that shiny look.
Make these sensory bean bags and have them feel it or practice tossing them into a basket.
Teach animal sounds, train sounds, rain sounds and thunder sounds.
Teach them their body parts. We started with belly button 😉
Teach them to share.
Teach them to blow their nose.
Teach them to wash their hands and wipe them.
I hope this helped. Is there something else you have done already, that I have missed? Share your thoughts in the comments section. Please subscribe to this blog. The next blog post would be on introduction to exciting science experiments that could be done along with your toddler. Yes, your toddler could do it 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?
Patterning activities lays foundation for their math activities.
And how crucial is pattern matching in developing visual discrimination skills? Read here.