If you remember when you were made to write pages and pages of either your full name, the states and capitals, poems or your home address to practice handwriting, you will know how handwriting practice can be tedious and boring. I have some Language Arts tips to make it more fun by combining Montessori Language Arts & Latin!
That’s right! I have made handwriting relevant to my children and our homeschool in general because I am tripling it up! We learn Language Arts AND Latin by using a beautiful Montessori work called the Moveable Alphabet. In this post, I also offer a free set of printable cards to help you get started, so don’t forget to grab those in this post!
Montessori Small Movable Alphabets w/ BoxMontessori Cursive Moveable Alphabets with BoxMontessori Lower and Capital Case Sandpaper Letters w/ BoxesPrinted Montessori Movable Alphabet by Maria and MeC-Line Reusable Dry Erase Pockets, 9 x 12 Inches, Assorted Neon Colors, 10 Pockets per Pack (40810)
First, I set up the Montessori work. I took out both the manuscript and the cursive Moveable Alphabet boxes. The cursive one is for my son, who is ready for cursive practice and the other for my daughter, who is still learning letter formation. Next, I set up our flashcards with the days of the week in Latin, which came from a set we already had. I also set up the clear pockets and lined paper. My son used regular lines while my daughter used the primary handwriting paper.
Combining Montessori at home Language Arts & Latin
Next, they got the letters they needed from the Moveable Alphabet boxes to spell the first word. Once they spelled it, they would copy it onto the lined paper in their best handwriting. And we went down the list of all 7 days of the week cards. Do you see what I did? I didn’t just drill their Latin vocabulary or make them practice their handwriting endlessly. Instead, I gave them a fun hands-on activity and only writing seven terms once each. This made the lesson doable, fun and within a reasonable timeframe.
I love it how I used one lesson to do three things: do a Montessori work, practice Latin vocabulary for the week and practice handwriting. They were so proud of their handwriting! Their hands didn’t cramp from writing too much because I made it fun and hand-on for them. And the next week, we did the same activity, but this time, I put the lined paper INSIDE the clear pocket for them to write their new Latin vocabulary with a dry erase marker instead of a pencil.
Learning Resources Write And Wipe PocketsSong School Latin 1 BundleSong School Spanish BundleSchool Smart Red and Blue Ruled Newsprint for Grade 2 to 3 – 10 1/2 x 8 inches – Ream of 500 – WhiteTop Flight Manuscript/Chart Primary Tablet, White Bond Paper, 5/8 Inch Guideline Rule, 9 x 12 Inches, 40 Sheets (54371)
Montessori Language Arts Curriculum Bundle 1
This 65-page bundle has 7 different activities. These activities include:
- Montessori Language Arts Moveable Alphabet Printable
- Montessori Sight Word Cards (6 Color-Coded Sets)
- Sight Words Bingo Sets 1-3 (to go with the first 3 sight words sets – white, black, red)
- Sight Words Bingo Sets 4-6 (to go with the other 3 sight words sets – yellow, purple, orange)
- Alphabet Phonogram Writing (to be used as regular writing pages or can be made into a booklet)
- Montessori Language Arts Phonogram Reading and Writing
- Digraph Reading and Writing
Learning can be fun
Using a variety of methods is key for children to practice their handwriting without the tears and the complaints, not to mention cramping little hands! I personally think that we can accomplish so much more with less, like in this case. Why don’t you give it try with your children? In this post, you will find all you need for the lessons.
I hope these Language Arts tips helped! Here is the free set of printable cards to get you started! I made them using the letter colors that go with the Montessori Moveable Alphabet boxes. This will make it easier for children to find the letters and place them in the right order before copying them onto the paper. Enjoy!
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