Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How to Encourage a love for reading in your preschool

How to Encourage a love for reading in your preschool - Montessori preschool Chatsworth - Little Wonders Montessori One

Reading enhances a child’s imagination and expands their understanding of the world. You and your preschooler can continue to explore the ideas they learn in their classroom by reading together. Using the Montessori philosophy’s Five Great Lessons as your guide, you can find many excellent and award-winning books to feed your child’s curiosity. The following is a list of what the Montessori Preschool Chatsworth recommends for encouraging a love of reading at home.

The First Great Lesson: The Coming of the Universe and Earth

This lesson introduces children to the origins of the universe and formation of the Earth, and it presents concepts that include astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, physics, and geology. In Earth Story by Eric Maddern, readers are taken on a journey from the Big Bang up to the first appearance of life on Earth. Jennifer Morgan’s Born with a Bang is a beautifully illustrated picture book about the formation of the universe that is told in an autobiographical format by the universe itself. The National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Weather by Karen de Seve can be a great choice for those children who ask questions like: “How do rainbows form?” or “What makes the wind blow?”

The Second Great Lesson: The Coming of Life

This lesson covers biology, botany, animals, and habitats: topics that make a great children’s book. Water Dance by Thomas Locker takes readers through the water cycle with rich oil paintings and poetic text. You and your child will feel like you’re walking through a natural history museum with Animalium by Jenny Broom, illustrated by Katie Scott, which is part of the Welcome to the Museum series of stunning books. A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston offers a beautiful first botany lesson as it explores the wonder of seeds and plants.

Third Great Lesson: The Coming of Humans

Culture, human history, social studies, discovery, and invention are the focus of this lesson. Around the World from a to z by Christinia Cheung features a tactile element to each letter as readers explore world culture through a series of alphabetical acrostic poems. Delightful photographs by National Geographic photographer Shelley Rotner capture togetherness and joy in Families. Dive into Walk this World by Jenny Broom to explore the similarities and differences across the world’s cultures. The book’s many flaps allow children to investigate fine details in the story.

The Fourth Great Lesson: The Story of Writing

This lesson explores the development of language and the ways that people use words to communicate. Hieroglyphs from A to Z: A Rhyming Book With Ancient Egyptian Stencils for Kids by Peter Manuelian takes readers through the English alphabet and Egyptian hieroglyphics in colorful detail. Baabwaa and Wooliam by David Elliot is a book about a love of reading, and A Busy Creature’s Day Eating by Mo Willems uses a playful story and funny illustrations to learn the alphabet.

The Fifth Great Lesson: The Story of Numbers

Sometimes called The History of Mathematics, this lesson introduces children to mathematical concepts, numbers, geometry, and more. The following books engage children and make these concepts fun. Montessori: Number Work and Montessori: Shape Work by Bobby George includes familiar terminology and counting rods used in the classroom to reinforce lessons learned at school. Press Here by Hervé Tullet helps introduce shapes and spatial reasoning to your preschooler as it takes readers on an interactive ride that will light up the imagination.