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Classification by Category Pre-Reading Montessori Language Lesson


Montessori Pre-Reading Lessons are a phenomenal way to introduce reading and writing to children. Most often, children enjoy the lessons. Be sure to include beautiful, relatable materials that draw kids into language learning.

This post includes an AMS approach to the Classification by Category Pre-Reading lesson in a Montessori Early Childhood classroom.

Learn the Montessori Pre-Reading Lesson Classification by Category

The possibilities are endless with the variations of images in this lesson. I offer four sets of eight classification by category image cards in my Teachers Pay Teachers store if you want to freshen up your pre-reading shelves.

Classification Pre-Reading Lesson

Invite the child to do the work. Take objects and pictures to a rug. Place the container in the upper left-hand corner of the rug.

Classification by Category Pre-Reading Lesson

Classification by Category Pre-Reading Lesson

Select a picture: “This is a fawn. A fawn is a type of mammal.”

Classification by Category AMS Lesson

Select a picture of a flower: “This is a flower. A rose is a type of plant.” Place the picture below the mammal.

Classification by Category Language Lesson

Select another picture, then ask the child:  “Is this a type of mammal or flower?” Place the picture to the right of the appropriate card.

Classification by Category Language Activity

Continue with the remaining cards. After completing: “Each row has a set of pictures that go together.” Place back in the container and return to the shelf.

I pull these “classification by category” cards out with my four and half year every so often when I feel he needs a boost of confidence. He gets stuck when more learning is needed and tends to take flight.

I use pre-reading lessons to reign him back into the more advanced lessons and to remind him of how far he has come in his learning. Create beautiful materials the child will feel good about using in his learning, and the reader will follow.

Check out my Montessori Pre-Reading Bundle, which includes these “Classification by Category” cards. You can purchase it in my Montessori materials shop on this blog or in my Teachers Pay Teachers Montessori Materials store. Be sure to look for the freebies while you’re checking things out! ;-)


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