Never give to the mind more than you give to the hand.~Maria Montessori
"Thanks for the excellent lessons! They are super. Just the sort of thing we will really enjoy. Wow, a Montessori teacher AND a mind reader! :) " Monica
What's includes for four- to five-year-olds:
- Montessori Pre-K and Kindergarten lesson plans and PDFs (Sensorial, Practical Life, Language, Math, and Geography)
- Montessori articles including Creating a Montessori Classroom/Environment In a Nutshell; Montessori Environment Shelves; The Montessori Adult; and The Three Period Lesson
- Resources for what to buy or download, and where.
- Password protected picture galleries
- Suggested monthly time lines
- Outlines with time lines for: The Study of Artists and Their Art; Women Artists, and The Study of Art Styles; The Study of Musical Composers and Their Music; and The Study of Aesop's Fables.
Activities: Most lesson activities have pictures, some have picture galleries (multiple pictures or photos), and others are text only. The lesson activities are easy to download and save to your computer. Some of the lesson activities can be handmade or prepared with materials from home, others can be bought at Montessori suppliers.
1. Sensorial activities:
- Geometric Cabinet Puzzle Shapes
- Smelling Bottles
- Sound Cylinders
- Thermic Bottles
- Geometric Cards
2. Practical Life activities:
- Cut Faded Flowers
- Sewing in a nutshell
3. Language 4-Year Olds:
- Movable Alphabet (spelling)
- Intro to Writing
- Writing On the Line
- Learning to Write Your Name
4. The Study of Aesop's Fables
5. Language 5-Year Olds:
- Dictation and Phonograms--writing/spelling
- Introduction to Reading
- First Reading Lesson with Object Box
- Reading Tablets/Cards
6. Math activities:
- Cards & Counters--1-10
- Counting 11-19 with Teen Beads
- Counting 11-19 with Teen Boards and Combine with Teen Beads
- Counting 20-99 with Ten Beads & Boards
7. Geography activities:
- Animals of the World (continents)
- People of the World
- Continent Puzzle Maps
- Absorbent Mind: "From birth to six is the stage of the absorbent mind. This is the type of mind with which the human baby, shortly after birth, starts taking in and absorbing the environment in which he finds himself. This is very different from the adult mind. The absorbent mind [of the child from birth to six] is..."
- Daily Routine and Circle Time
- The Home Preschool: "The materials you can start with are simple toys, practical life and sensorial materials: also toys, books, simple puzzles, and books that are familiar to the child. Slowly and gradually the young child will be weaned from them and intrigued by more challenging materials. But in the beginning give him..."
- The Human (Physical) Embryo: "Montessori says the spiritual expresses itself in the physical. Thinkers in every age have been struck by the astonishing fact that a being which at first does not exist should become a man or a woman able to think and to have ideas of his own. The infant starts from..."
- Independently Working: "Young preschoolers will be exploring their environment sensorially and there are projects you can make for them to do while you work with an older child. The key to it is to have..."
- Indirect Preparation: "We all learn according to what we already know. One sees, hears, and understands according to what one already knows. Whenever is printed on the subconscious experiences and will determine our reactions, and are a way of handling future experiences. This is the..."
- The Montessori Adult: "Consistency and continuity are the backbone of the Montessori environment. They are the order which brings security and allows the child to really unfold. The adult’s role in general is to..."
- Montessori Environment Shelves
- Nurturing the Child's Home Environment: "The first step is to prepare the child's environment in such a way as to allow your child easy, safe access for both getting out and putting away her belongings, including..."
- The Sensitive Periods: "The sensitive periods are transitory periods in the child's life during which time she is prompted by an inner urge to focus her attention on certain elements in her environment. The activities and impressions resulting from this activity help the child to..."
- Siblings and Lessons, and Siblings Working Together
- The Three Period Lesson: "The Three Period Lesson is a way to present and introduce concepts and new terminology, or the names of things, to a child: new sounds (letters), numbers (symbols), geometric shapes, colors, and geography forms (like the land and water forms or the continents). It is also a way to..."
- Setting up a Montessori environment
- Frequently asked questions about how to create a Montessori home environment
- Creating activities
- Observing your child in the Montessori environment
- Get free or cheap materials for making activities
- Supplies list and a must-have Montessori materials list
- Recommended Montessori book list (with personal reviews from me)
- Storing materials & activities
- Creating a budget for materials & activities
Montessori PDF ebooks included in the fours and fives age group:
1) Montessori in the Home FAQs for Birth to Nine, a 130-page, text-only, printer-friendly PDF. It addresses the many challenges that parents face when implementing the Montessori Method in a home (or homeschool) environment with children age birth to nine.
2) Read and Write the Montessori Way is a 135-page PDF that is designed for parents who want to incorporate Montessori language, reading, and writing into their home environment with children age two and one-half to five!
3) The Introduction to Montessori Art, Music, and Poetry Plus Planner is a 112-page PDF that is designed for parents who want to incorporate Montessori art, music, and poetry into their home environment with children age birth to nine. It also includes an organizer and a three-month planner.
My TOP FOUR Recommended Reading and Phonics
Montessori Read & Write
by L. Lawrence
"In Montessori Read & Write, Lynne Lawrence, a leading Montessori practitioner, shows you how you can teach your children to read and write using the famous Montessori system. The book is packed with ideas and age-specific activities and games that make learning easy and fun. It puts children on the straightest possible road to literacy, from those first steps in recognizing letters, sounds, and shapes through vocabulary-building and spelling competence to full reading fluency and creative writing skills. As a valuable bonus, Montessori Read & Write includes a list of special books that you and your child can enjoy reading together." --Amazon.com editorial review Synopsis
"Making the world-renowned Montessori method available to all, this book will be welcomed by parents who wish to give their children a solid foundation in a set of basic skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. 80 color illustrations." --Amazon.com editorial review
"The development of language begins long before birth and continues to unfold intensely until he age of six. A sound beginning at this age will help for the rest of one's life. This book, by a leading Montessori practitioner, shows how to support language development, and to teach reading and writing the Montessori approach. It is useful for home and school." --Child of the World, 2002-2003 edition, a Michael Olaf company.
"I highly recommended this Bob Books series!
Bob Books Beginning Readers by Bobby Lynn Maslen
"We have used these books in our classroom for years, they are truly the best to teach phonetic reading!" --Lisa Nolan Montessori "When you notice that a child is starting to sound out words on her own and has learned many of the letter sounds (not the names), it is time to introduce these wonderful books. They were drawn and written by a teacher for the students to fill a gap in the beginning reading books. The first set of twelve books contains simple, short, mostly phonetic words, and the next two sets of eight books progress to include more words per page and a few non-phonetic words. The stories are about non-sensical imaginary figures who interact in delightful ways. The progression is arranged to provide success for the child, and the satisfaction of finishing a whole book! The drawings are simple figures, funny enough to interest an older beginning reader." (Child of the World, 2002-2003 edition, a Michael Olaf company.)
Book Description: "With their engaging stories and clever illustrations, the Bob Books have ushered millions of kids into the world of reading. This relaunch of the popular series features a handy new chart on the back of each box that enables parents and educators to easily identify which set is best suited for their child's reading capabilities. Each set is color coded to indicate reading level and each story is carefully crafted to help children at different learning stages master essential reading skills." (Amazon.com editorial review.)
"My Four Year Old is Reading! As a former educator, I tend to stress educational development with my four year old. I recently began teaching him the sounds of his letters. A co-worker told me about the Bob Books. My son was able to read the first two books within 1 week. I was truly impressed with the books. They are excellent for beginning readers. My son is now confident in his ability to learn. The books made it easy for him to learn how to put sounds together to form words."--Jeanese Carriere (Amazon.com customer review.)
'"I Can Read, Mommy!"' This was my 4yo son's reaction to Bob Books. Within his first week of reading instruction (using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons), my son was able to read all the way through his first Bob Book without assistance. Now, less than a month later, he literally BEGS me to let him read these books. Yesterday he sat down and read through 6 of them in a row! He would have kept going had I not put lunch on the table. These books are much easier to read than other books geared at beginning readers, and as a result loose children's confidence and encourage them to keep practicing. While these books do not have the same dramatic appeal as Peter Rabbit, etc, they do have silly little stories that inevitably bring laughter into the often frustrating &/or boring process of learning to read, without necessitating long or complex words that tend to discourage the earliest beginning readers. When it comes to reading all alone, my son prefers Bob Books to any other early readers (Little Bear, etc) we have in the house. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."--(Amazon.com Spotlight Review.)
Bob Books First! Level A, Set 1 (Most popular set!)
Bob Books Fun! Level A, Set 2
Bob Books Pals! Level B, Set 2
Bob Books Wow! Level C, Set 1
The whole list of Bob Books here!
"I highly recommended this Primary Phonics series!"
Primary Phonics: Workbooks and Readers
"We have been using Primary Phonics workbooks and reading books at our Montessori school for nearly twenty years. There is nothing better for teaching phonics (preschool and up)! We start with the green consonant workbook, followed by the red phonics workbook 1 (and the Bob Books for reading). Next we give the Primary Phonics reading books (there is also a teacher's manual-guide you can order). See below for more information!"--Lisa Nolan Montessori
"Primary Phonics programs and lesson plans facilitate teaching phonics for kids from preschool to kindergarten and up. Learn how to teach phonics with the teacher instruction books in these children's phonics sets. Recommended for classroom or home school instruction.
"Primary Phonics is a program of storybooks and coordinated workbooks that teaches reading to students in kindergarten through second grade. This program uses a carefully structured phonetic approach to establish a solid base in phonics that enables students to read, write and spell simple words. As students complete the workbook exercises, they practice, apply, and master new skills with the phonetically controlled stories.
* Develops phonological awareness
* Builds reading speed and fluency
* Facilitates specialized and individual instruction
* Promotes confident and eager readers"
* 10 storybooks in each set correspond with workbook exercises
* Each storybook is about 20 to 30 pages
* Phonetically controlled texts
* Sounds and spellings recently learned
* Review of sounds and spellings already mastered
* Familiar, high-interest themes"
Primary Phonics Consonant Work Book (Most popular!):
"The 32 page Primary Phonics Consonant Book teaches one new consonant sound every two pages, while also reviewing previously taught consonant sounds. For each consonant, there are 16 illustrations presented with the one-word name shown next to each illustration but missing one letters."
"I have taught first grade students for over 20 years and I could not have done it without Primary Phonics. All of my first graders learn to become independent learners and feel great success in both workbooks and reading. They love these workbooks and cannot wait to move through all of the workbooks and readers!"--Patsy King, Teacher, Greybull, Wyoming
Primary Phonics Workbook 1 (Most popular!):
"Primary Phonics Workbook 1 provides practice exercises for building phonics skills at the kindergarten level. Workbook exercises correspond with stories in the 10 storybooks. As students complete the workbook exercises, they practice, apply, and master new skills with the phonetically controlled stories.
"The Primary Phonics workbooks assume knowledge of the consonants. Workbook 1 reviews the consonants and introduces the short vowels, a, e, i, o, and u, and the sight words is, a, the, on, in, yes, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, and black. All workbooks include a list of phonetic elements on the inside back cover. The outside back cover of each workbook features a chart showing when to introduce each storybook along with the corresponding workbook page number.
A carefully planned phonetic sequence
A range of identification, reading, and writing exercises
A chart of featured phonetic elements and accompanying storybooks"
Didax Tactile Sandpaper Lowercase Letters
"My son uses these at home for writing practice. They are easy for him to manage, and show where to start, as well as a black line for letters that go above and below the line AND they have a white dot for right side up so letters are not upside down. Also, we have had no issues with sand coming off."