Montessori Monday – Montessori-Inspired Literature-Based Activities for Preschoolers

Montessori-Inspired Literature-Based Activities for PreschoolersLiterature-based unit studies often fit well with Montessori education. Related hands-on activities are great extensions to  sharing books with children. May 13-19 is Children’s Book Week, which is a perfect time to add a literature-based unit study or mini unit.

Today, I’d like to share some ideas for Montessori-inspired, literature based activities for preschoolers from around the blogosphere.

BFIAR Activities and Resources

BFIAR activities are based on the book Before Five in a Row: A Treasury of Creative Ideas to Inspire Learning Readiness. Topics are geared toward ages 2-4 and based on a book of the week (a book read five days in a row).

A number of Montessori-inspired homeschoolers have used BFIAR to create hands-on activity trays focused on the recommended books. Here are some resources to help you create your own Montessori-inspired BFIAR units.

Printable Before Five in a Row and Five in a Row Book Lists from In Lieu of Preschool (In Lieu of Preschool also has a number of BFIAR posts.)

BFIAR posts and FIAR link-up at Delightful Learning.

Literature-Based Printables from Homeschool Creations

Literature Units from Homeschool Share (including activities for titles in the FIAR series)

Goodnight Moon Sensory Bin (Photo from Growing a Jeweled Rose)

Goodnight Moon Sensory Bin (Photo from Growing a Jeweled Rose)

Goodnight Moon Sensory Bin from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Goodnight Moon Red Balloon with Tongs (Photo by Julie from The Adventures of Bear)

Goodnight Moon Red Balloon with Tongs (Photo by Julie from The Adventures of Bear)

Five in a Row posts (BFIAR posts and more advanced FIAR posts) from The Adventures of Bear (Photo from BFIAR – Goodnight Moon)

Going on a Bear Hunt Activity (Photo from Rockabye Butterfly)

Going on a Bear Hunt Activity (Photo from Rockabye Butterfly)

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Activities (Photo from Bear Activities and Stories) from Rockabye Butterfly

Teddy Grahams Numbers and Counters (Photo from Chasing Cheerios)

Teddy Grahams Numbers and Counters (Photo from Chasing Cheerios)

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (BFIAR) from Chasing Cheerios

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Sensory Tub from Janne’s Jabberwocky

BFIAR-ish (Montessori-inspired unit studies using BFIAR books and a few others) from Wildflower Ramblings

BFIAR posts from Angelic Scalliwags

BFIAR posts from Our Country Road

BFIAR posts from School Time Snippets

General Montessori-Inspired Literature-Based Activities

JDaniel4′s Mom has a weekly post called Read. Explore.Learn, which often features Montessori-inspired activities based on books. There’s also a linky that contains literature-based activities as well.

Montessori-Inspired Activities for The Tortoise and the Hare

I have a post with Montessori-Inspired Activities for the Tortoise and the Hare.

Montessori-Inspired Ideas for Enjoying Books with Your Child or Students

I also have a post with Montessori-Inspired Ideas for Enjoying Books with Your Child or Students.

Pinterest Boards with Literature-Based Activities

I have a Literature-Based Activities Pinterest board with lots of ideas. I also have literature-based activities on my other themed Pinterest boards (along with activities that would work well with specific books).

Montessori Monday Link-Up

Montessori MondayIf you have some Montessori activity trays/lessons to share, please link up below. It’s fine to link up a post from your archives – and you may link up anytime during the week! Your post may be any Montessori-inspired activity or idea. It doesn’t need to be related to my Montessori Monday post.

Link up your exact post URL so that we can find your activity if we return to the linky at a later date (which I often do when I’m looking for activities for a roundup post). I publish the Montessori Monday post and linky at 6:00 a.m. EST each Monday and keep the linky open throughout the week.

Please place the Montessori Monday button (using the code from the right sidebar) in your post or put a link back to this post. Let’s use Montessori Monday to gain inspiration/ideas and to encourage each other! If you would leave an encouraging comment on the post linked up ahead of you (along with any other posts you’re drawn to), that would be awesome! Thanks for participating!


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