MONTESSORI: LETTER WORK
In Montessori classrooms, students learn to write before they learn to read, so the process is driven by their own words and thoughts before those of others. Letters are taught first as sounds (instead of names), and alphabet tiles encourage children to trace each letter with their fingers. This book honors that tradition by emulating the standard classroom material with touchable, traceable letters and beautiful colors.
MONTESSORI: SHAPE WORK
When learning shapes, Montessori students first develop an understanding of the spatial object in comparison to other shapes and a relevant application for each shape—before learning the names. Inspired by this process, Montessori: Shape Work offers readers die-cut shapes to trace with their fingers, grouped by family for comparison, and illustrated with a familiar object for relevancy. Hope you enjoy!
Charlotte Wood offers a helpful tutorial, walking us through an appreciation of the letter sounds, as opposed to the letter names, in Montessori: Letter Work.
"A first - trade board books employing Montessori teaching methods. These companion books are thick and sturdy and use a sandpaper-like texture on the letter and numbers for tracing. Developed by the founders of Baan Dek Montessori School, the first in South Dakota. The books follow the Montessori tradition of teaching sounds and quantities before letter and number names." - Apartment Therapy
MONTESSORI: NUMBER WORK
This book follows the Montessori method by introducing the numbers 1 to 10 first as quantities to count before showing them as numerals. Cumulative red and blue tabs based on the counting rods found in Montessori classrooms help readers conceptualize quantities. Groupings of beautifully stylized illustrations provide objects to count before readers encounter textured numerals to trace with their fingers.
MONTESSORI: MAP WORK
As with all things Montessori, students begin with the concrete and move to the abstract. When learning geography, students first develop an understanding that the earth is a round globe, made up of land and water. They then manipulate the shape of each continent before addressing its name and location. Montessori: Map Work introduces readers to the seven continents via textured edges to trace with their fingers, modes of transportation between each one for spatial context, and illustrated native animals for relevant and meaningful associations. Young children will absorb the age-appropriate geography and gain a better sense of their place in the world.