When it comes to educating preschoolers, there are a bunch of different methods to choose from. One of the most popular is the Montessori method, which was started in Italy in 1897 by educator Maria Montessori. With a focus on independent learning and a respect for the child's own natural development, Montessori is known for empowering a child's curiosity. Two new books from Montessori educators further these tenets in a way that will teach your child in a way that will interest them.
Montessori: Letter Work (compare prices) and Montessori: Number Work (compare prices), both by Bobby and June George and illustrated by Alyssa Nassner, bring the Montessori approach to teaching letters and numbers into your home, using methods that you would commonly find in a Montessori classroom.
Letter Work is not a common ABC book. The letters are presented out of alphabetical order and children are taught the letters as sounds -- C is "kuh," I is "ihh," for example -- because Montessori educators feel that learning the sounds and shapes of letters first make for a smoother transition to writing and reading.
Number Work teaches children about the meaning of a number -- the quantity is emphasized as children are encouraged to count the number of items they see on a page. In both books, readers are encouraged to trace either the letter or the number with their fingers so they get a feel for how it is formed.
My little guy is a big fan of these books -- for a while they were all he wanted to read at bedtime. I definitely see a difference with him too -- he's sounding out letters as he sees them and while he's been counting for a while, I realize now he is connecting what he is counting to the actual items. Two good learning tools for kids who attend and don't attend preschool.
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