“The child should love everything that he learns, for his mental and emotional growths are linked. Whatever is presented to him must be made beautiful and clear, striking his imagination.” – Maria Montessori
As we slowly transition from fall to winter, the changes it brings are reflected in ourselves as well as our environment. Winter for us is a time to slow down, a time to take the cue from nature’s shorter days to rest and reflect. We mindfully cultivate an environment of peace, joy, and love as we prepare to celebrate winter’s holiday lineup. As our home begins to shed its warmer autumn vibes in favor of cooler, festive winter ones, I thought it would be a good time to share our current Language space for our 2.5-year-old son and our almost 4-year-old daughter.
Our children spend a lot of time in this area so it was important to us to cultivate an environment of beauty, order, and simplicity. We also made sure we included language materials that were appropriate for all of our children and their developmental needs. Our children mostly play together with some periods of independent play, usually while our 2.5-year-old son is conked out in the afternoon.
The bottom two shelves display one or two works we rotate for our son along with a great selection of board books for all that we rotate as needed (we currently display softbound and hardcover books in a separate reading nook). Our older two children frequently pull the board books out to share with their 7-month-old sister. The rest of the lower real estate contains works appropriate for our preschooler and these works are also frequently picked up by our son as he learns how his big sister is using them. This is a great place to display seasonal language shelf work for all as well. As a side note I will say it’s really exciting and satisfying as a teacher and mentor to see our son taking interest in his sister’s work even though he’s not quite ready for some of it yet. We did all of the modeling for our oldest and it’s been really enjoyable watching her take on somewhat of a mentor role for her brother and baby sister over the last year. Even when she’s not actively showing our son something, he’s always watching her, absorbing what she’s doing. Right now, he’s really into repeating individual letter sounds and blends while she works. Our top shelves are devoted to our early reading materials. That includes the Waseca Reading Program (uses the Orton-Gillingham Approach), the Waseca Parts of the Biome Readers that correlate to the reading program, some CVC phonetic reading blocks, various beginning readers on rotation, the movable alphabet, and a CVC word cloth. We also keep our sandpaper letters and blends out with our tracing works. The reading program, the storage cabinets, and the corresponding readers are a bit pricey, but they do go on sale occasionally if you keep your eyes peeled.
Get a $15 coupon towards your first Waseca Biomes purchase here. I haven’t shared a specific language post yet so, if you’re interested in how our almost 4-year-old got to this point, stay tuned and I’ll get to that lengthier topic once we wrap up the holiday season.
All of our writing materials, including our metal insets, are always accessible and currently reside in our writing/art materials drawer unit. I shared a detailed post on our art materials earlier in the spring where I mentioned that the unit was meant to grow with our children needs. This is one way we’ve used it in that capacity. I can share an updated look at that in the new year.
We hope you all have the opportunity to slow down and enjoy your time together and your environment as we transition from one season to another. If you’re wondering how we celebrate the winter solstice, check out last year’s post for more on that. Also, feel free to check out our December book list for some holiday inspiration.
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