Good language skills are important for children, both for learning and for self-expression. Children are especially receptive to language-related learning during what’s called the “sensitive period of language” between birth and about six years old. (For more on this subject, please see: http://www.amonco.org/spring6/montessori_spring6.pdf )
Take advantage of this absorbent period of your students’ lives with lots of time in conversation and reading aloud.
Poetry has interesting rhythms and repetitions to engage and enchant young listeners. Look for poetry books in your local library, or get started with some spring-themed poetry here: http://www.poemhunter.com/poems/spring/
For more read-aloud fun, look through these suggestions of spring-themed books.
Combine reading and writing practice in a non-traditional way with Nan Barchowsky’s “Make Your Own Illustrated Favorite Foods and Recipes Notebook”. http://www.amonco.org/spring3/montessori_spring_3.pdf
For another educational “twist”, consider these biography projects that aren’t traditional informational narratives, in “It’s Time to Think Outside the Book and Kindle, Too! from Literatureplace.com. http://www.amonco.org/spring3/montessori_spring_3.pdf
Additional new resources to look at include:
https://www.literatureplace.com/Start_with_the_Winners/awards_institution.asp Link to Institution Awards
https://www.literatureplace.com/Start_with_the_Winners/awards_yrc.asp LInk to Young Readers’ Choice Awards
On a related subject, check out these non-traditional book report ideas which give students options in how they share their impressions of the books they read. http://ksumail.kennesaw.edu/~jcope/Eng3391/ABRIdeas.pdf
Have some fun making books with the children in your life. For details, see http://www.amonco.org/fall_sup1.html
Anytime is a good time to reinforce children’s interest and proficiency in language skills, so why not try something new today?!