I like to vary the activities I provide in the Montessori playgroup. This half-term, I…
In the playgroup and at home, I tend to rotate our books according to the seasons. As children under the age of 6 are very attune to their 5 senses and need to be grounded in the real world, choosing books and topic based on nature and the seasons is very appropriate.
All the following books are reality based, so in line with the Montessori principles and suitable for toddlers up to age 6. 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! If you want more activities about frogs, check my blog post here with one free printable of the frog life cycle.
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.
Birds – lift-the-flap: Another great charity shop find! My son loves the lift-the-flap books and this one is full of facts so even better for my little zoologist!
Lift the flaps to discover the fascinating world of birds and meet all kinds of feathered friends, from pretty parrots with nut-cracking beaks to tiny hummingbirds with noisy wings.
Kid’s garden from Barefoot book is a set of cards with activities to do in the garden and in nature. A great support for me as I have to push myself to go out!
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 is only a section of Spring inspired books. We have many more not pictured and some that are more for the elementary children. Would you be interested to see those ones too? My daughter is 10 so we are exploring the Montessori elementary curriculum as a way to supplement her school education.
Let me know what are you favourite Spring books for children!
Carine Robin is a a mother of 2 children. She raises them the Montessori way. Originally from Belgium where she worked as a child psychologist for several years, Carine spent 6 years in Ireland before settling in in the UK. She qualified as a Montessori teacher 10 years ago and has since worked as Montessori teacher and preschool manager. She founded Montessori-family in 2011 to provide opportunities for parents to discover Montessori. She believes that it’s truly possible to implement the Montessori ideas at home to make your house and family life welcoming to your child, her needs and her thrive for independence. She offers parents & babies classes, toddlers playgroups; Montessori home designs, one to one support, parenting classes and online courses.
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