Part of what makes Montessori language curriculum unique is our continued emphasis on grammar.  While many or most traditional educational models have largely abandoned this time-honored tool, Montessorians recognize that the study of grammar not only provides children with the type of classification activities that second-plane children crave but also adds tools to the children’s toolboxes that will help them read and write at a more sophisticated level with greater confidence than their friends who do not study grammar.  The Montessori Method of using concrete symbols to teach parts of speech and sentence “diagramming” puts these building blocks of language into the hands of young children when they are most interested in how language works.  Lockhart Learning lesson plans and materials provide a “spiral staircase” lesson sequence for teaching grammar that fully integrates the study of parts of speech with sentence analysis, as well as a sequence for writing instruction that is rooted in Montessori’s principle of Isolation of Difficulty.  Not to neglect more traditional language studies, we also provide a fresh look at spelling skills using syllabication as a pre-spelling activity as well as an approach to helping children internalize correct use of homophones using visualization techniques.

GRAMMAR

Not Your Grandma’s Grammar!
Teach your children to be Grammar Detectives! Use this systems-based approach to Montessori Grammar to reason out grammatical constructs. Logic and predictable patterns help make symbolizing and analyzing especially fun and accurate. More importantly, when parts of speech and sentence analysis are woven together rather than being taught in isolation, they produce a gestalt – an understanding of language that is greater than the sum of the knowledge of the two isolated parts.
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Short on time? Download these full-color charts showing all of the basic and advanced parts of speech, sentence analysis patterns, and phrase and clause types for use in your classroom tomorrow!
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Un-Vilifying VerbalsUn-Vilifying Verbals: Infinitives, Participles & Gerunds
If you allow children to write and symbolize their own sentences, you have undoubtedly run into verbals, an essential part of spoken and written language! What are verbals? Quite simply, verbals LOOK like a verb but ACT like something else: nouns, adjectives or even adverbs. You may have first been introduced to infinitives, participles, and gerunds in middle school or high school; there, many of us were told that verbals were hard and complicated. Properly presented, verbals are great fun because of their puzzle-like nature. (Take a Sneak-Peek to see sample sentences and their controls of error).   Note: this content is included in Not Your Grandma’s Grammar, and is provided as a stand-alone product only for those Montessorians who have an established grammar curriculum that they wish to expand to include verbals.

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REAL-WORLD GRAMMAR

This line of materials offers children at a variety of levels of expertise with parts of speech an opportunity to practice symbolizing using content from cultural studies.  This reinforces language skills (symbolizing sentences, analyzing sentences, paragraph construction, and/or essay building) using content from the study of cultures, science, or history.

 

American Indian Naturalists
Ten short paragraph sets for symbolizing describe Native American practices, revealing a bit of their deep understanding of the natural world long before the advent of modern scientific studies in agriculture, astronomy, and medicine.  Some paragraphs also include interesting botanical facts.  All information within this material comes from The National Museum of the Native American in Washington DC, thus ensuring that content is authentic and stereotype-free. These ready-to-use symbolizing activities can be an individual or partner activity. Print and hand out for immediate symbolizing work or laminate for children to transcribe and then symbolize.
Note:  for an informative article on the use of  terms American Indian and Native American, please see http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nc-american-indians/5526 and others.

What does each 3-4 sentence paragraph include?


Writing mini-lessons (Extensions) with this material

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Coming Soon to Lockhart Learning!COMING SOON: The Scientific Method  Helping children understand The Scientific Method can be tricky.  If children experience the method through a series of experiments alone, they can explore the scientific content of the experiment without  internalizing the process in application.  This happens partly because the science is more captivating than the method, and partly because each cycle of Question, Hypothesize, Experiment, Observe, and Conclude is self-contained and may be separated by days or weeks from the next repetition of the cycle.  And yet, the process itself is important for children to understand, not only because it is often assessed in standardized tests, but also (and more importantly) because it is foundational  to logic and inquiry.

 

WRITING LESSONS

Not Your Grandpa's CompositionNot Your Grandpa’s Composition!
Literacy is like a spider’s web with multiple elements that are intricately connected and interrelated.  Not Your Grandpa’s Composition isolates the foundational skills underpinning the writing process, beginning with a discussion for teachers about skills associated most closely with reading. Activities that enhance children’s working vocabulary, along with lessons on the writing process systematically empower children to weave their own web of literacy. Writing instruction builds skills systematically from writing sentences, to expository and narrative paragraphs, to essays and stories; each lesson isolates a particular skill leading children to be confident, capable writers. Please refer to the table of contents in the Sneak-a-Peek to see the full range of topics covered. Not Your Grandpa’s Composition is suitable for use with Montessori or traditional educational models, with children of grades 3-6.

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SPELLING

SyllabicationSyllabication

Do you have children who can pass a spelling test every week with 100% accuracy, but whose inventive spelling is so far from conventional that you sometimes can’t guess what they had intended to write?  Perhaps the problem is not with the spelling program that you are using, but rather with the children’s spelling strategies for unknown words.  Syllabication is a systematic process of breaking words into component syllables and examining what makes that syllable “tick”.

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Homophones

Homophones: A Key to Writing Success

One of the most difficult tasks teachers face is inspiring children to use conventional spelling for homophones. Yet proper spelling of homophones is critical to success in communicating in a way that inspires respect for our ideas. A misplaced homophone, where we fail to choose the write spelling in our righting, can cause the reader to think less of the content of our message. Homophones uses a multi-modal approach and higher-order thinking to help children internalize the spelling–meaning connection for pairs (or trios) of sound-alike words. Homophones is suitable for use with Montessori or traditional educational models, with children of grades 3-5. Spelling by the Rules, a parallel spelling program, is under development.

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