Lesson: Painting with Water, Reading a Story & Tracing Words


Painting with Water, Reading a Story & Tracing Words

“The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.” Maria Montessori


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Here at Must Be Montessori, we're always looking for ways to support you and your student with Montessori-inspired activities that you can do both at home and in the classroom. The key to doing Montessori at home is not so much in buying expensive materials, though certain products are worthwhile. With the learning activities below, you will find that you can use relatively inexpensive things or use household items that you already have to show your student lessons that Dr. Montessori created.

painting a rock or sidewalk with water

What you'll need:

a small bowl of water

paint brushes

large river rock or concrete surface

How to do it:

Use a paintbrush dipped in a small bowl of water to draw designs, letters, faces, etc on a large river rock or on the sidewalk.

Helpful tip:

Use stencils to help the child paint a design or letters on to the concrete or rock surface.


reading a story about water

What you'll need:

a book with water as the subject matter

How to do it:

Find a book in your child’s collection that deals with water - the ocean, rain, bath time, etc, and do a story time. You can read or your student can read to you/sibling/pet.

writing or tracing words and sentences from the story

What you'll need:

a highlighter

pencils or crayons

the book from the previous activity

How to do it:

Have your student write out or trace words or sentences from the story you read from the previous activity. Use a highlighter to write out words for a student who is still at a tracing level.


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