Do you need help finding language Montessori materials so you can help your child learn a language at home? Homeschool is an awesome setting for learning language because, like Montessori, there is so much opportunity for verbal interaction.
I used to teach in public school, in a position where I observed many teachers with their classes. Let me share one of my favorite observations about the Montessori difference:
Montessori students were often moving around the classroom, discussing their work and interacting with other children or the teacher.
That interaction is awesome for language development.
It’s no surprise that my Montessori English language learners seemed to learn English so much faster than the kids in the program who had to spend the majority of their time sitting quietly at a desk!
Homeschooled students don’t have to sit quietly at a desk for hours, either.
I know a lot of homeschool parents struggle with teaching Spanish at home, or another foreign language. They wonder when to start teaching a foreign language. If you want to stick with the Montessori style, then you’ll want to start as soon as possible. But that’s not practical for everyone, and it might not suit your needs, so I’ve given you this worksheet to help you figure out when to start teaching Spanish or other foreign languages. Go ahead, try it, and see what will work for you and your situation.
I’ve collected long, organized lists of resources to help you find what you need for teaching a foreign language at home.
If you speak a second language, you can easily use regular Montessori materials, but interact with them using the second language. If you don’t speak a second language, or you’re like me and you speak Spanish and your kids decided they had to learn Chinese and French, never fear. Your kids can learn a second language even if you don’t speak it! There’s an *ahem* awesome book to show you how you can help your kids learn a language at home.
There are so many great Montessori materials available on Amazon, and they are so much cheaper than they used to be.
These Tall Stacker Pegs are a favorite of my children. You can use these to talk about colors, prepositions, numbers, and more, all in Spanish or French or whatever language your kids are learning.
Other great Montessori toy deals are here (click the pictures to go to the toy):
My kids love this Pictolingua game, and how cute are the Spanish language ring flash cards? I wish I could just buy some like this in Chinese for my kids!
If you prefer to make rather than buy, you can find really great free Montessori bilingual printables if you want to make your own bilingual materials that have English and Spanish. Another great resource for Spanish Montessori materials is here. As always, keep your local library in mind because they often have great Montessori-style toys that are FREE for your kids to play with. Don’t worry about making it all perfect. Try something today. If it doesn’t work, try something else. Keep going until you find what works.