Circa 1985 or 2015 – It remains a teacher’s favourite!

‘Show and tell’, is a teacher’s favourite technique.Helping children feel special,the parents involved and the class,a phoney audience!

This vintage picture had me smiling! Reblog or retweet if you can relate to the “show and tell’b8cd1a299c4130179ade1bf754bcb363


Classified Reading

Hola! Everyone,

Many of you emailed and wanted to know about the methodology involved in Classified Reading,thank you for writing to me.

Let us begin by recollecting the first presentation of classified pictures in Casa Dei Bambini.Taking on from that we have classified reading which can be presented to the child at 4 or 4.5 years.

The material :- SET 1- Pictures and a set of name of strips

SET 2- Pictures with names printed or written to act as a control of error.

The material can be made very easily,using printouts or magazine pictures,depending on the theme the teachers choose.

The direct aim of this activity is giving the child reading practice.

Before we begin this we must remember that the lay out is extremely important for the visual sense to be fully engaged as well.

Ensure the child is seated on your left.

Maintain regular eye contact with the child.



SET 1.presentation set

SET 1.presentation set

Learning outcome (pres)

Learning outcome (pres)

Match the picture and the reading strip

The material is ready to use and can be put on the language shelf for the child.The best way to put this material can be- zip bags such as these.Extremely easy to use,cost effective they can be color coded as per the teaching strategies.

Zip folders

Do write to me and let me know if you want me to work on any other material.



Language Resources- The wolf children.

It has been proved time and again that the human child needs an environment which is rich in language.His exposure to language in his initial days of his life lays down the foundation for acquisition,consolidation and expansion of language that will continue through out his life.Dr Montessori talks about the importance of an environment that supports language by illustrating an interesting analogy of the wolf children.The wolf children were abandoned in a forest.(reasons undocumented) These children made their way back to the human civilization,but could never learn to speak.Since they always heard cries of animals,chirping of birds..they never heard the sound of the human tongue,hence they remained dumb or non verbal as we refer to them broadly in today’s world.The point here that she made was,The human tongue alone has the power to activate the machinery of speech.

Our biggest help to any child at the casa can be :- CLEAR SPEECH.

Children at this age are blessed with the natural power of the Absorbent Mind and the sensitive periods towards language.Attention must be paid to the way we speak,for each mouth formation is being absorbed by the child to reproduce. Clarity in making sounds,clear pronunciations and finishing each sound beautifully before we begin another one.Let’s also remember to have a precision in naming objects in the environment.The child must not be given a vague language ,for example an edge cannot be called a corner. The idea is not to teach through books but by modelling a certain kind of behaviour.