The importance of learning to read and write doesn’t need emphasis. The question is, what is the best way to learn to read and write? Montessori education has a proven track record by using indirect preparations along with phonics to develop the skills needed for reading and writing.
North American Montessori Center has an article on the development needed before a child is ready to read.
Montessori Language Activities at Home
The attractive language materials in the photos are part of a complete Montessori school curriculum. Remember, you don’t need to create a Montessori school at home. Find what works for you.
My posts on buying Montessori materials and finding free Montessori materials online have links to numerous language materials appropriate for use at home. My post on DIY beginning Montessori phonics also has links for making some of your own language materials.
Montessori Language Activities and Links
Here are links to some pages with information about Montessori language activities:
Montessori Primary Guide also has a thorough introduction to Montessori language activities, including oral language, written language, handwriting, reading, reading analysis, writing and reading, and cultural work related to language. There are also videos for introducing metal insets (pre-writing) and sandpaper letters.
Montessori Teachers Collective has free online language albums for ages 3-6 and 6-9.
Photos in collage:
- Just Montessori shows their language area along with photos and descriptions of a complete classroom at the start of the school year. (Update: Just Montessori is now a membership site.)
- Trillium Montessori shows their language area and tells about a year of early language shelves.
- Montessori Print Shop has a clear language overview – scope and sequence.
- Beautiful Sun Montessori has three photos and listings of the language materials shown on the shelves in the photos.
- Dirigo Montessori School shows their language shelves and tells about the prepared environment.
Wikisori has many language activities.
Montessori Album has many language activities.
Maitri Learning has a helpful post showing a variety of language shelves and ideas for setting up language.
Montessori Mom has a section on reading readiness with links (in the left sidebar) to individual reading activities beginning with the movable alphabet.
Montessori for Everyone has photos and descriptions of their Montessori homeschool language curriculum.
I have a post with information about free online access to comprehensive Montessori scope and sequence from Montessori Compass and The Montessori Foundation.
I also have a post with favorite phonics materials for preschoolers.
You’ll find many Montessori language videos in my “Free Montessori Language Videos” post.
Do you have a favorite Montessori language activity?
See the rest of the posts in my Montessori curriculum areas series here:
- Montessori Practical Life Activities
- Montessori Sensorial Activities
- Montessori Math Activities
- Montessori Cultural Activities
- Montessori Elementary
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