A friend of mine emailed me last night to ask for some guidance as her lovely 2.5-year-old began the journey to reading at a rapid pace. After I wrote the email to her, I thought I should share the Language 101 tips a la Montessori's Approach to Language with you.
Language Development Tips
- Keep reading to her A LOT.
- Invest in First Readers like the great Bob Books and Miss Rhonda's Readers
- Emphasize the SOUNDS of the letters as opposed to the letters themselves (e.g. “ay” versus “ah”)
- Object boxes or baskets are good to start. Fill a box on your own or with your child with objects that begin with the letter, M, for example. Find a “man”, a “motorcycle”, a “mirror”, etc. Anything concrete that she can put in her hand, explore, etc, is huge at this stage of development.
- Learn about & Introduce Montessori's Moveable Alphabet. Anything that gets her hands moving with the “reading” and “spelling” is good for development and will help with writing. So, for example, move your finger with the words left to right, bring out letters and start spelling words from your books, etc.
- Storytelling activities are always fun too. One that we love doing is storytelling from a bag or write a story together with your preschooler. Have your child collect various objects then come back to you, together make up a story using the objects. For example, she collects an orange, an elephant, and a toothbrush: “Once upon a time there was an Elephant who really wanted to eat an orange…” It is fun to take turns.
Resources for Helping a Child Develop Language
- Bob Books
- Montessori Reading Blocks
- Montessori Letter Work
- Montessori Sandpaper Letters
- Tracing Paper
- Modeling Clay
- Metal Insets
- Pin Poking Activity
For More Reading Readiness Ideas:
- 20 Reading & Writing Readiness Ideas
- Storytelling 101 for Children & Parents
- Easy Early Reading Activity
- 3 Ways to Learn Sounds
- Tell a Story with A Bag
- Sound Map
- Story Boards
- Fill in the Blank Storytelling
If you want awesome Montessori activities, check out my Montessori Language Activities Pack!
I hope we inspired you today!