Sunday, 18 June 2017

Montessori-Friendly Reading.

I think the area of Montessori that I find the most difficult is finding suitable books for Violet. Montessori tends to avoid anything fantasy based until the child is of school
age, so talking animals/inanimate objects and unrealistic stories are pretty much a no go. This has proven a little tougher than expected but I think we have just about cracked it!

I've been taking full advantage of our library and have been rotating Violet's books on a monthly basis. I thought I'd share a few of our favourite books that are Montessori-friendly. 

Realistic Picture Books

We've had a few of this style of book and actually they're one of Violet's favourites. We do lots of matching games with this style of book using her Schleich animals. I tend to do animal sounds and asking Violet to point at animals too. This definitely worked better after we'd seen the animals at a farm in real life, Violet made the connection between the real animal and the photo, making looking at this style of book a lot more fun!

Lift the Flap Books

I'm not entirely sure these are strictly Montessori but Violet loves a lift the flap book. We have a few books that are still realistic but with the gimmick of lift the flap that V enjoys. We actually picked this one up in TKMaxx for £2.99, which is an amazing place for good book bargains. 

Story Books

Just because we don't read fantasy stories, doesn't mean we can't still pick up story books. Alfie and Annie Rose stories are brilliant, they have realistic drawings and the stories are real-life stories too. 

Reference Books

This may seem a little odd, but reference style books are great picks for Montessori life. Things like atlases and encyclopaedias are a great place to start and I actually remember flicking through reference books as a child and being in awe. So far Violet has only one reference style book but even at such a young age she's been looking at the images and likes pointing out the different things. This one is from Amazon and I know we will be picking up more from this brand in the future.

Katie xx

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