Lately, I’ve been reading and researching about the Montessori Approach and how to introduce it to toddlers. Honestly, I wish I have done all this research while still pregnant. There are so many things that I would’ve done differently.
If you are interested to know what is a Montessori Approach, you can read all about it here.
My toddlers are 23 months old and I’m trying to work on their language development. One way that Montessori suggests doing so, is by showing them cards and teaching them what is on the card.
Also, in preparation for reading, it is suggested to show them cards with the name of the object written underneath it. This way, the child will be familiar with the words when he begins to read.
Even though there are so many vocabulary cards on the market, it’s actually pretty difficult to find Montessori appropriate ones.
Most of the cards are illustrations of an object and not a real picture. When a child is young, it’s best to use real pictures of objects as it’s easier for them to comprehend and recognize them in real life.
If you happen to find Montessori approved cards, they usually come with a hefty price tag.
However, there is always an option to DIY and that is exactly what we do.
I will share a really easy and simple way to make learning cards, they come out the perfect size and are great quality!
Here is what you need to do:
Find images that are great quality and are copyright released(legal to be used).
Edit them in powerpoint by adding the name of the object underneath the picture.
Upload file to Wal-Mart prints or any other printing website.
Order 4 x 6 prints in matte
Prints came out very colorful and are pretty sturdy. They can also be laminated but we leave ours the way they are. These cards are not intended for play but specifically for learning/teaching purposes.
Or you can download our cards for free and just upload these images to Wal-Mart. We will be adding more categories for you to choose from!
If you are my fellow Russian speaking parents, then I have Russian version cards for you!
What are some of your favorite teaching materials for your child?