The Words Around the House lesson is a great way to bring Montessori learning into your home – it’s fun, dynamic and ideal for smaller children.
The lesson could involve any objects or furniture that you might typically find at home (the below tutorial focuses on electrical appliances) and you’ll need 3-part language cards, which can be purchased online or made at home. These cards are used to enrich language, grow vocabulary, perfect spelling, classify material, and build connections.
To make your own 3-part cards, you’ll need three cards: one with both the object and its name, another with only the picture and then one with only its name. In a typical language lesson, the 3-part cards would be used as follows:
1. Naming (Introduction) “This is a toaster.”
2. Recognizing (Identification) “Show me the toaster.”
3. Remembering (Cognition) “What is this?”
Have a look at the below tutorial by My Montessori Works to see how the lesson can be applied in your home, with a twist!
A couple of things you probably noted are:
- Other than the language component, the point of this lesson is to get children moving around within the context of their homes. This is especially useful in winter when little ones might be staying at home more, as they can expend some energy whilst practising their language and recognition.
- The 3-part cards are adapted to the child’s reading level. As the object/word and then object, and finally the word, cards are laid out, children can either read the full word or identify the first letter, or you can read the card to them.
Have fun, and remember that whilst common things in our home might seem uninspiring to us, they’re interesting to children!
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