Now that I’ve given some product recommendations, I wanted to outline the traditional Montessori sequence of language materials for 3-6 (Primary). We also plan to incorporate sensory bins, fun games, and modern materials, such as our Magnatab, in our language studies. If you are planning on implementing a traditional curriculum, these are the materials that you will want to start looking at investing in, or DIYing:
- Matching/labeling objects (to be used in various other activities)
- Sequencing cards
- Rhyming game (or songs; less of a “material” but you may want to purchase a book or an easy musical instrument to accompany this activity)
- Sandpaper letters
- Sand tray
- Moveable Alphabet
- Metal insets
- 3 Part Cards
Keep in mind that many of the “sensorial materials” are necessary for developing the various skills needed in language development, for example, using the Fabric Box allows a child to develop tactile sensitivity which allows her to absorb the full amount of sensory input from materials such as the sandpaper letters, and develop a lightness of touch that ensures comfortable and controlled writing.
I don’t anticipate us moving through all or most of these materials through this year, but I will make reference to them when appropriate. There are many materials out there that claim to be “Montessori” which are not necessary, but I truly believe all of the above to be relevant. There are additional materials, like the Montessori Grammar Farm and Command Cards, which are also great — but the Grammar Farm can be deviated from and personalized for your child (i.e., a Construction Yard), and the Command Cards are sometimes delayed until Elementary (though I believe them to be a Primary material). With a very precocious reader, you could look at starting some Elementary materials at a younger age, but I would ensure that this is balanced — the Montessori curriculum is built to complement its various components.
Are there materials that you would add to this list?