Blocks and Bricks

My children loved playing with wooden blocks. Block play started in their infancy with cloth blocks.  Here are some of our favorite activities found in  Lesson of the Day 10.  Check out the 5 free print outs for making  fun learning games! We have included a pattern for cloth blocks too.

Make homemade blocks for preschool children with milk cartons taped shut into a rectangle. Make them stylish by covering them with contact paper. Blocks and creativity go hand in hand.

Reading and Writing with Moveable Alphabet

The moveable alphbet  is the building block for spelling, writing and reading.  Introduce penmanship at the same time you are introducing the sounds of the alphabet. Write letters that your child has already been spelling  or reading with the moveable alphabet. When your child is able to read the moveable alphabet words, introduce simple phonetic books. With a little help with your word processor and printouts you can make interesting and easy to read books..

Also, 3-part cards help with reading skills for your students. Create a book using your 3-part card material for added success for your student.

Beginning to Write

When a child has been able to trace and draw lines with the metal insets and has good pencil control, writing is introduced while learning the sandpaper letters.

Take a sandpaper letter that your child knows well with an unlined piece of paper and pencil. Make sure your child is seated at a table that is the correct height for writing.  Your child feels the letter a few times. Afterwards, you write the letter on the paper in the correct form. I write a larger letter than normal because younger children usually write bigger letters than  adults. Give the child the pencil and show how to feel the letter again. Let the child write the letter, feel the letter again and write the letter a second time. Many times children will repeat this until they have mastered writing the letter.

It is much easier to learn how to write correctly from the beginning. Montessori teaches cursive writing and not manuscript. This way a child can master one way of writing without having to change writing styles.

Reading

Children sometimes can spell words, but are unable to read the same words they spell. When they can begin to sound out these 3 lettered words they spell,  it is time to introduce reading. Many Montessori practitioners use the Pink Reading Scheme. A wonderful treasure and resource for the Pink Reading Scheme is The Helpful Garden. Check it out for a very organized and easy to use program. Many of the printouts are free!