My “couldn’t-live-without-it” items for teaching language arts to my 4 year old. We use the following on a daily basis.
1. All About Spelling
Very Montessori friendly, yet scripted and “easier” on the parent, All About Spelling using magnetic letter tiles that remind me of the moveable alphabet. For a kid like J-jo who still doesn’t write, but can read, this makes learning spelling fun and hands-on. Bear was never interested in the tiles and moved very quickly to just writing all the words.
2. Geometric cabinet or metal insets
J-jo, unlike Bear, isn’t strong in his writing skills. He still loves tracing the shapes of the geometric cabinet, which strengthens his fine motor skills.
3. PAL Writing
This is my favorite writing program for K-2. It is divided into three parts. The first part teaches how to form the letters (and numbers). The second part focuses on copying simple sentences. The third part teaches how to do key-word outlines and add structure and style components to your writing. I bought this for Bear last year for the third part and ended up using part 1 with J-jo.
4. Grammar Farm
PLaying with plastic animals is tons of fun. It doesn’t take much effort to explain nouns, adjectives, verbs, and such while playing. Now that J-o is reading a bit, we can
5. Bob Books
Although I never used these for Bear, they have been indispensable for J-jo. I am glad we bought them from Costco last year.
Plus 3 extra of my favorites for Preschoolers
1. sandpaper letters and
2. sand tray
and 3 extra of my favorites for elementary aged children
(look for a bonus post about them Monday)
1. IEW Teaching Writing Style and Structure
2. MCT Language Arts
3. Writing With Ease