Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Montessori Language & Zoology: Using Free Resources

This morning, I came across a splendid article on the NYTimes online, Why Study Hyenas?, by Kay Holecamp, and wanted to share it with everyone.

A perfect example of free online resources you can use at home or in the classroom, the author discusses the habits and habitat of the hyenas, different breeds, and other facts that make for wonderful reading aloud material for younger children as well as independent reading for older children.

The pictures online are fabulous, too. You can print them for younger children and create labels. If you create several every week, you will soon have a beautiful collection of picture and word cards for matching and reading cards.

Create a set of cards with the labels written on them, create another set of picture-only cards, and a third set of label-only cards. Younger children can match by sight. As soon as your child is ready to hold a pencil, he or she can have lots of fun copying the labels (and drawing them).

The author has a fact-filled blog that includes videos, too. Check out Kay Holekamp's Laboratory here. Below is one of the videos:

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