Along with hands-on activities, reading books is one of the best ways to reinforce interest-led learning and a love of learning in general. And there’s no denying the positive feelings for learning that come from the closeness shared in reading books together.
There are some important days this month that would be especially fun to place an extra emphasis on books. Today is Read a Book Day, September 8 is International Literacy Day, and September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.
Thoughts from Montessorians about Reading Aloud and Montessori Reading Programs
Donna Bryant Goertz at Maria Montessori gives examples of parents reading to their children in Reading Aloud: a Gift That Keeps on Giving. One of the benefits listed includes the benefit of supporting your child’s work at school: “When parents continue reading aloud to their child two years above the child’s own reading level, not only is family time filled with rich companionship and fine discussions, but also the child’s mind is filled with appropriate subject matter for research and projects at school with work partners.”
Montessori for Everyone has an interesting post about Montessori-compatible reading programs: What Kind of Reading Program belongs in Montessori?
North American Montessori Center has a number of articles with ideas about Montessori and books: Montessori Storytelling: True Stories in the Elementary Environment, Montessori Storytelling: True Stories in the Early Childhood Environment, Montessori Curriculum Overview: Language Arts, Montessori Musings: Development Needed Before Reading, Tall Tales in a Montessori Elementary Classroom, Reading Aloud to Children: Part I, Reading Aloud to Children: Part II, Reading Aloud to Children: Part III, and Montessori Perspectives: Lower Elementary Reading Programs.
My Confessions of a Montessori Mom Blog has a post about Montessori and literature: What are Montessori’s thoughts on reading great literature and reading widely?
Lakeland Montessori describes its language and reading program from preschool through elementary school.
Montessori-Inspired Literature-Based Activities
I have a post about helping your child develop a love of books along with Montessori presentations for teaching your child to take care of books: How to Help Your Child Treasure Books.
My Montessori-Inspired Unit Studies typically have links to some themed posts that include related books: Should You Use Unit Studies? (my post with links to all my unit-studies posts). Often books can be displayed along with some of the Montessori activities as in my post on Montessori-Inspired Music Appreciation: Swan Lake.
Montessori-inspired unit studies can also be based on a book rather than on a theme with a number of related books. For example, Preschool Experiment has a number of activity trays based on the book Goodnight Moon; The Adventures of Bear has a Goodnight Moon sensory bin. I have some book-based units in my Montessori-inspired unit studies posts. You’ll find lots of Montessori-inspired activities based on books in my Montessori-Inspired Dr. Seuss Activities and Montessori-Inspired Eric Carle Activities.
Confessions of a Montessori Mom Blog has The Study of Aesop’s Fables for Your Montessori Environment.
Desert Mountain Montessori has weekly literature circles for middle school and high school students.
Literature-Based Activities Pinterest Board
While not all the activities on my Literature-Based Activities Pinterest Board are Montessori-inspired activities, you’ll find lots of great activities of all types and for many levels that help promote a love of reading and learning.
Have a very happy Read a Book Day!
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