Monday, 5 December 2011

Montessori grammar symbols

Following on from Jolly Phonics, we  have been using Jolly grammar since September. Last week we begun work on proper and common nouns.
However, to help understand the different grammar rules, I have decided to also use Montessori techniques inshallah, as it allows a more visual and tactile representation of all the rules.

My grammar knowledge is quite shocking!

The Montessori grammar symbols are fantastic as they make learning all these rules much easier alhamdulillah....I'm going to introduce them later today inshallah, so we will see if K responds as enthusiastically as me inshallah!

Search online, and alhamdulillah you will find a wealth of Montessori websites and blogs explaining all the concepts clearly...I won't do injustice to the lessons trying to explain them myself, but if you don't know much about the Montessori grammar symbols, this blog has a nice simple explanation (you need to read all 4 parts) Montessori for everyone.

So, after deciding yesterday that I will use the grammar symbols, I decided rather than buying the set (which is quite expensive!) I would make it! I'd read somewhere online during my research that a training teacher made herself a set using craft that's what I did.
The total cost for making the symbols is probably about 5p mashAllah when you look at how little foam you actually use! (although cutting them all out is abit fiddly!)

If I had decided I would make these before I went into the city centre on Saturday, I'd have picked up another packet of craft foam, but since I didn't, I made do with the open packet I already had (each symbol should have a specific colour). (I bought it for abut 99p from The Works - ten coloured sheets and included a child's size pair of scissors...I have 3 pairs of these now alhamdulillah!!!)

I used the black and white grammar symbols on wikisori to use as a template (so all my shapes would be the same size!) and cut out 11 of each symbol.

I took one of each symbol to stick on the grammar description sheet (also printed off wikisori) so that i can learn and remember inshallah, what symbol means what!

The lessons to go along with the symbols are easily found online, including on youtube. You can also find plenty of sites where you can simply print out the symbols in their correct colours and just laminate to use. I prefer the craft foam as I think it makes it a bit more tactile.

Montessori Print shop is a site I found where you can download and print loads of Montessori materials free (they also have a shop to purchase some files)

and of course wikisori which has loads of print outs, and lessons to follow.


  1. Masha Allaah very nice. Let me know how it goes Insha Allaah. Did she enjoy it?

  2. Assalaamu alaikum,very interesting masha Allah. I have been using Montessori methodology for literacy but I was not sure about the Grammar farm and didn't investigate it further. Maybe it was an unconscious barrier because I also do not know heaps about grammar LOL! Now I am hunting for a grammar alternative. Maybe I will join you with the Mont grammar insha Allah :)

    Fee Amaanillah
    Umm Imaan

  3. Asalaamu alaikum -

    Umm Maimoonah, We got busy later that day, so I didn't get chance to introduce it to K, -inshallah will do probably next week and will post how it all went inshallah. xx

    JazakAllah khayr Umm Imaan for your comment - I just checked out your blog and its very nice mashAllah....I'm going back there now to take some ideas for my kids inshallah! :) xx


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