Child-led learning: Reading and Writing (age 3.5)

I feel like Frida has had a developmental leap forward recently. She’s suddenly much more confident with physical tasks – she’s more confident on her balance bike, suddenly capable of doing up and undoing buttons – and her interest in reading, numeracy, and focused time doing art-ish activities has really blossomed. She’s also taller! As…

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Learning to read and write the Montessori way: Introducing the moveable alphabet

I recently decided to bring out the moveable alphabet that I have had sitting in a cupboard upstairs for a while and introduce it to Frida. If you’re not familiar with it, the moveable alphabet is a brilliant Montessori material which recognises that most children will be able to start spelling out words long before…

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Learning to read and write the Montessori way: sound games

In my last post I talked about how we are laying the foundations for literacy¬†for Frida. Laying this foundation is, in my opinion, very important and absolutely necessary before any sort of formal literacy learning takes place. Frida is now at a stage in her development where she is ready for work which will have…

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Learning to read and write the Montessori way: building the foundations for literacy

I have been thinking a lot about the Montessori method of learning to read and write at the moment. Frida is deep in the sensitive period for language at the moment, and so it is something which is top of my mind! Laying the foundations for reading and writing starts at birth. The brilliant book…

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