I like to vary the activities I provide in the Montessori playgroup. This half-term, I…
I have updated our collection since I have first published this post and there are so many more Spring books that I want to recommend. In the first section of the blog post are the new books I recommend. Further down, you will find the books that I currently have at home.
This book is full of real photographies about what we can see in Spring.
Books in this series introduce emergent readers to the four seasons. In Spring, children are taken on a tour of things they can see in spring including typical spring activities and new life and growth in the natural world. Beautiful photos, very simple repeated text, high frequency and decodeable words and strong photo-to-text matching make this a perfect book for early readers to enjoy.
Each season has something special about it, and in these books we explore each one. What shall we wear, where shall we go and what will we see? New sensations, noises and tastes; so much that is new! Follow the children as they spend time discovering the joys of indoor and outdoor play. Creative and inventive, interesting and funny, you will find lots of things to inspire you.
I love the paper collage pictures in this book! And you have the other seasons in the collection.
A nice book to explain the transition from Winter to Spring.
As days stretch longer, animals creep out from their warm dens, and green begins to grow again. Everyone knows - spring is on its way! Join a boy and his dog as they explore nature and take a stroll through the countryside, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with everything from the melting brook to chirping birds, they say goodbye to winter and welcome the lushness of spring.
This book is not technically a children's book but a collection of poetry about Spring. It is published by the Wildlife trust. We have another poetry book from them that my 12 years old enjoys.
In prose and poetry both old and new, Spring mirrors the unfolding of the season, inviting us to see what's around us with new eyes. Featuring original writing by Rob Cowen, Miriam Darlington and Stephen Moss, classic extracts from the work of George Orwell, Clare Leighton and H. E. Bates, and fresh new voices from across the UK, this is an original and inspiring collection of nature writing that brings the British springtime to life in all its vivid glory.
If you want to read more why I have chosen reality-based books, read this blog post about reality and fantasy for children.
This beautifully told story follows Billy from early spring to late summer as he helps his grandpa on his vegetable patch. They dig the hard ground in early spring, sow rows of seeds and keep them watered and safe from slugs. When harvest time arrives they can pick all thevegetables and fruit they have grown. Endnotes with Grandpa s tips for children to grow their own vegetables.
Listen, listen illustrated by Alyson Jay.
Introduce young readers to the sights and sounds of the year – from summer’s sizzling sun to winter’s crackling snow. Featuring breathtaking illustrations by internationally renowned illustrator, Alison Jay, this book will open your child’s eyes and ears to the world around them!
The tiny seed by Eric Carle.
When the tiny seed is blown away from its parent plant, it travels a very long way – over seas, deserts and mountains. The tiny seed survives the hazards of the journey and finally falls onto fertile earth. It grows and grows, becoming the tallest, biggest flower for miles around.
Ponds and rivers are home to an amazing variety of animal life including am-phibians, mammals, and water birds. Hippos, otters, ducks, and tree frogs are among the multitude of creatures covered here, both on top of and below the water.
From kangaroos and sharks to chickens and sunflowers, each title in this series is packed with facts about a life cycle. Photographs show children the processes that animals and plants go through on their way to being fully grown.
In my daughter’s classroom, they are currently hatching chicks and taking care of them. So that book found in my charity shop is perfect!
Do you know about the Montessori Family Box? It’s a box of Montessori activities sent to you every month.
This month, it will be about the frog and pond life!
Baby animals: my touch and feel book.
I found this one at my local Lidl. But here a similar one.
I have a few books from that collection and only the French version. There are 6 sounds to listen too and the sounds are very realistic. The collection is now available in English and published by Noisy Crow.
With 40 interactive activities and games divided into five categories, "Kids' Garden" encourages children to engage with the outdoors and appreciate the green world around them. Step-by-step instructions enhanced by colourful collage artwork on each double-sided card create a fun and easy way for budding green-fingered gardeners to plant, investigate, learn and experiment.
This book is a wordless book. Full of fun, active illustrations, this chunky board book shows the joys of playing with lambs, sowing seeds, painting Easter eggs and watching baby birds. It's like a bucket list for Spring.
Let me know what are you favourite Spring books for children!
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Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.
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