Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Ranting and Raving

OK first the rant.... Why oh why don't the ABC picture books out there use the phonetic sounds??? L is really into alphabet books at the moment and I can't find any that use strictly phonics. We have to fudge over the words like acorns, ice cream, giraffe. You get the point. It is so confusing. I did look at the Jolly Phonics book but I think there are way too many pictures on the page. If anyone has found any good phonic ABC books I would love to hear about them. I'm also trying to find a book where you can trace the letters.

That being said...now for my rave. I would just like to take a moment to rave about the latest book that I have finished reading. Montessori Read & Write A Parents' Guide to Literacy for Children by Lynne Lawrence. I'm sure many of you have read this book already but for those who haven't I would definitely recommend it.
There is a large section on learning about your child's development and how to incorporate the Montessori approach. She includes lots of step by step activities to prepare for reading and writing basically from birth. I loved the easy and straightforward way this book has been written and will be using lots of the activities with L. I originally borrowed this book from the library but it is such a good resource that I decided to buy it.

Here is one of the first activities we've done from the book. Classified cards. I got my camera and took a general picture of one of our rooms. Then took pictures of eight things in that room. I love technology! I was able to do everything on the computer and then print off the pictures, glue them to some card and voila. Personalised classified cards. Here I have done the bathroom and the garden. L can't get enough of these and I think it's because she recognises all of her "stuff". I also put checking colors on the back but as I thought might happen she just uses them to sort the colors! I think we'll leave the checking until she is a bit older.
Each room is kept in a Ziploc bag and all of the bags are stored together in a box. L chooses two rooms at a time to work with.

Here you can see she's put the objects under the rooms but she really likes to put them on the picture where they are supposed to be!


Montessori Moments said...

I have heard that Primary phonics is good, but have not used it myself.
Also there is a book called i spy phonics. I can not find it anywhere but would love to buy it!

My Child's Diary said...

I've been hesitating if I should buy Lynne Lawrence's book. I think you've helped me to make up my mind...:) Thanks!

Making of a Montessori Mum said...

he he. i know the phonics thing. I had that too. We just went with the ones we had and it doesn't seem to have been a problem. I also found that little Bird was ok with lots of pictures on a page and infact enjoyed those books more than ones with only a couple. So might be worth trying the one you found??

There is one book we had from the library where you can trace which my girl loved (it was indented) Ill find it and let you know what it was called.

I have been meaning to do that classification one for ages...thanks for the (soft) kick up the bum. (:

Making of a Montessori Mum said...



(however note some of the indented letters above have some weird paper breaks in them)



Montessori Beginnings said...

Many thanks guys! I'll check those out.

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