If you’re looking for a way to teach phonics at home, you might want to check out the book Montessori: Letter Work by Bobby and June George. I’ll give you some ideas here for helping your child get the most benefit from the book. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). My 16-month-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves Montessori: Letter Work. It’s most important for a toddler to do practical life activities, so this isn’t a book that’s suggested before your child is preschool age. I haven’t introduced sandpaper letters to Zoey because of her age, but I remember how much my son loved working with sandpaper letters and small objects at that age after seeing children working with them in my Montessori school. See “Learning to Read Can Be Just a Fun Game.” I had purchased the Montessori book series by Bobby and June George to have […]
I’m happy to be part of a HUGE collaboration of Kid Blogger Network roundups and an AWESOME spring and Easter cash giveaway! (Note: The Rafflecopter form to enter the giveaway is at the bottom of this post!) My roundup has 20+ Easter phonics activities from Kid Blogger Network bloggers … with lots of great ideas for reinforcing phonics skills. Montessori Phonics Phonics is a very important part of the Montessori language curriculum. Note: In Montessori education, we teach phonetic sounds before letter names. For any of the activities below, I would emphasize the letter sounds. Also, if you want to follow Montessori tradition, make the letters lowercase for your activities. Of course, set up your activities however works best for you and your child or students. You can learn more about Montessori phonics through the links in this post: DIY Beginning Montessori Phonics for Preschoolers. Even though not all the […]
You might be wondering if Montessori education is right for your child. The American Montessori Society has an inspiring video with a number of Montessori parents telling their experiences of having a child attend a Montessori school. If you’re wondering about Montessori education for your own child (either in a Montessori school or Montessori homeschool), you’ll find this video very helpful. “Living Montessori: The Parent Perspective” My Experiences as a Parent with Montessori Education I was a Montessori teacher and school director. I was also a Montessori parent with two children in Montessori homeschool. The following two posts tell a bit about my experiences of Montessori education for my children. (Note: Even though my children were homeschooled, I’m a definite advocate of Montessori schools if there’s one in your area that works well for your family.) Why I Used Montessori Principles in My Parenting Philosophy Montessori and My Children – […]
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Welcome to my calendar of March themed activities for kids. You’ll find all my unit studies and holiday posts listed by themes in my “Should You Use Unit Studies?” post. Here you’ll find lots of themes for March according to holiday or calendar observances. Updated for March 2015 (March changing dates are listed here both separately and merged with the monthly list) You’ll find more links for calendar observances in my “Enliven Your Homeschool with Some Calendar Fun” post. The post has links to resources for calendar observances for any level. I’m focusing here on March themes for preschoolers through early elementary, although I’m adding some calendar observances for pre-teens and teens. Monthly Observances for March Monthly observances can be used for themed activities throughout the month or for one or two weeks during the month. American Red Cross Month National Craft Month – The Ultimate Guide to Kids’ Crafts […]
I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with children! Today, I’m adding some fun St. Patrick’s Day songs and rhymes to my series of free songs and rhymes for circle time. If you’re looking for non-holiday winter songs and rhymes, check out my Free Winter Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time. For other holidays, check out the links right above my signature. There are lots of CDs you can buy, but I’m just listing free resources here. You can typically find links to buy the CDs for songs on YouTube if you wish. These are songs that I’ve found online for teachers and childcare providers. They are also great if you’re a homeschooler or parent supplementing your child’s learning at home. And I think they’re lots of fun for grandparents and anyone who enjoys spending time with a special child. St. Patrick’s Day Resources If you’d like more information to share […]
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