August 13, 2018
When teaching my children the parts of speech I combined Lego® bricks with the Montessori approach. In a Montessori classroom, parts of speech are introduced through a series of games with children as young as four years old. At home, I had to adjust these games to our situation.
Here are some ideas to work with nouns & adjectives, but the activities can be adapted for other parts of speech as well. On some photos, you will notice little wooden shapes – these are the Montessori grammar symbols. Also, all of the labels are color-coded following the symbol. In the Montessori approach, we use a black triangle for nouns, small light blue triangle for an article and a dark blue triangle for adjectives.
Noun – introduction
we will need:
- Lego® accessories
- a small basket or another container
- blank slips of paper
- a black marker
We go over the objects in the basket one by one, and a child answers the question:
– “What is this?”
– “This is a cat.”
After the child answers, we label the object (or a child labels if she can write).
A “noun basket” is a basket with several objects and prepared labels in it. A child has to select a proper label for every item.
Very similar to the noun game. We gather several objects in a basket, ask about each thing and then about its characteristics – a red apple, a plastic bottle, a venomous spider, an exciting book, etc.
Logical adjective game
Similar to the noun basket but with an additional set of labels with adjectives. A child has to match the adjectives to the nouns in a way that makes sense.