The best time to introduce reading readiness is when your child is an infant and absorbing language. Just reading books and talking to your preschool children helps them understand vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure and the overall patterns of language.
We found that introducing the sounds of the alphabet and the moveable alphabet worked best at ages 3 1/2 to 4. Children who learn much earlier than this may get burned out before they have the maturity to read more advanced material. Young children, especially boys, who can read at a very young age, don’t always comprehend what they are reading. The worst thing we can do is force self-reading on children who are too young.
Miss Homfray shows in this video how to introduce the moveable alphabet activity to your child.
She also explains why Montessori schools don’t use lined paper for beginning writers. Students touch the sandpaper letters and write them unrestrained.
Miss Homfray has a wonderful lecture about the complexities of reading. It’s important for young children to have good sensorial and practical life skills in order to read later on. Pushing reading too early can actually turn your child off to reading.
She has great insight about when to introduce fantasy books to children.
Check out this Montessori lecture here.
I’ve been busy studying wildflowers this year. The fields of flowers were amazing this year after a very wet summer. Here is a newsletter with free nomenclature or 3 part cards of wildflowers. Life is beautiful.
Montessori World Blog has a great overview of Montessori phonics lessons. It is somewhat complicated in English compared to many other languages. Here is a Montessori word list for spelling, reading and writing.
My friends and I always share cuttings from our houseplants. Cut about 3 inches from a healthy plant stem, place in a jar of water and wait for the stem to sprout roots. Some of the easiest plants to root from stem clippings are Coleus, Impatiens, Geraniums and Begonias. Plant the rooted stems in a pot and enjoy!