Montessori Elementary Homeschool Blog - with documentation of our infant Montessori, toddler Montessori, and primary Montessori experiences; as well as preparation for the upcoming adolescent Montessori homeschool years.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Elementary Language Materials: A Photo Journey

You may notice some matches to the primary level - you should! Many of the materials transition over from primary to elementary but are used in different ways. 
Legoboy made a booklet of the rules.

Sentence Analysis is FUN!

Sorting all those nouns!

grammar box work - he wanted *real* items -
no miniatures this time!

Wood grammar symbols - worth buying the wood ones.
They are SO NICE!

small movable alphabets for word study, dictation,
spelling practice, and SO much more!
We have three at home: black, blue, red

Grammar boxes are worth having, but could also be
made of posterboard with cardboard strip "trim". 

Beginning definition stages for elementary
(moves into the definitions cut into strips)
Don't have these for just every topic - but a few key ones
 to develop analytical thinking skills and extend previous work. 

Impressionistic charts tend to inspire copying and research.
(do not require the copying or tracing -
let it be a true work of the child - but you can model it! 


  1. My daughter prefers writing to using the moveable alphabets! I love your grammar box idea. I am not paying over 90$ for just boxes, I am planning on making them! I love the hieroglyph activity, my daughter would love it! Thanks for sharing.

    1. My son got away from the small movable alphabets for a while, but he decided that they are much more efficient for practicing spelling and doing the word study work, rather than writing it all out in multiple colors (or underlining portions). He then would write down the words he wanted to keep. So when they can write and WANT to write, it's great! But I am so glad I kept these, because not only did he come back around to them in our language studies, they were great for me to present a few things to him with the opposing colors - then he would do all the writing himself (but again, this part didn't last just too long before he decided he did want those alphabets ;) ). Funny boy!

      He never really did set them aside for spelling practice - which I agree with - it is much better to mis-spell a word with letters that can be easily manipulated, versus training oen's hand to spell it wrong through writing with a pencil. So there's that too. If spelling comes naturally, definitely less of an issue :)