Reading, writing and arithmetic are the building blocks of our children’s education, so it’s always worth spending a little extra energy in finding fresh and engaging materials on those subjects. It is especially appropriate as we start the traditional school year to provide extra review and practice to make sure students are “tuned-up” and ready to work after the summer holidays.
Check out the links below.
General lesson plan ideas
Ten Things to Remember When Presenting Montessori Activities. http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2013/07/ten-things-to-remember-when-presenting-montessori-activities.html#.UfQIqFNVevs
Point your browsesr to Montessori Classroom: Activity Ideas for the First Day of School http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2008/08/montessori-classroom-first-day-of.html#.UfQJkFNVevs
Check out this round-up of lesson plans and activities on a variety of subjects.
Only Passionate Curiosity has compiled an extensive list of free homeschool curriculum resources, including pre-K through grade 12.
HomeschoolViews links to a wide variety of free unit studies, administrative helpers, activities and fun items to print out for homeschool and other educational uses.
EverythingHomeschooling has another large listing of free homeschool lessons.
Autumn-themed unit studies/academic lessons
HotChalk’s Lesson Plans Page provides an extensive array of links to lesson plans, videos and other resources related to the seasons. Check them now for autumn ideas, and bookmark them for later in the year.
You’ll find seasonally-themed ideas and much more at the Activity Idea Place. http://www.preschooldirectory.123child.com
Hands-On Autumn Adventures gives ideas for autumn weekend and school day outings, as well as other related activities.
Free reading resources
Need some new book adventures? Here are several good lists of K-3 reading books (and some higher grades, too).
The Lord Equipment Company’s Simple Steps Reading Series combines phonics and sight word practice with an opportunity to create your own book as a student project or gift for a child.
Montessorian Cathie Perolman offers her HANDS-ON PHONICS program from Joyful Noise Prodcutions. http://www.shop.joyful-noise.com/HANDS-ON-PHONICS_c19.htm
Montessori Mom shares instructions for making and using a Montessori Movable Alphabet. http://www.montessorimom.com/moveable-alphabet
Access a free Montessori blue line paper PDF here.
Find out more about the Barchowsky Fluid Handwriting technique.
You’ll find lots of free handwriting practice sheets at these links.
Draw Your World combines art with writing and spelling practice.
Word puzzles and games (Grown-ups will enjoy some of these, too!)
Enjoy these free Montessori educational bingo games. http://www.amonco.org/montessori_grammar_bingo.html and
Word search, crosswords, hang-man and more make it fun to practice spelling and comprehension.
http://www.wuzzlesandpuzzles.com (Math puzzles here, too.)
Try out Alan Stillson’s Middle School Word Puzzles here: http://www.amonco.org/creative/montessori_fall4.pdf and here: http://www.amonco.org/creative6/montessori_fall6.pdf
Math practice and puzzles
You will find a variety of mathematics lesson ideas for K-5 students at Kids.gov.
HomeschoolMath.net lists resources from kindergarten all the way through high school. http://www.homeschoolmath.net/teaching
Math.com’s “Teaching Math at Home” listings concentrate on inspirations and ideas and on-line courses. http://www.math.com/parents/homeschool.html
Check out math curriculum ideas listed by grade level.
Enjoy some free samples of Dr. Henry Borenson’s Hands-On Equations. http://www.amonco.org/creative3/montessori_fall3.pdf
Try out this math sequencing exercise from Conceptual Learning. http://www.amonco.org/creative/montessori_fall2.pdf
If math seems difficult or stressful for your students, perhaps you will find some inspiration in this interesting blogpost on “unschooling” math. http://www.ordinarylifemagic.com/2012/03/unschooling-tools-math-play.html
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Whatever strategies you implement, here’s hoping that your students get a great start on their academics this year!