About two weeks ago the Montessori Print Shop sent me a digital bundle of 22 Zoology nomenclature, definitions and life cycle books to review. You can enter to win them all for your own children or class at the end of this post! Definitions books for animals are like three-part cards in that there is a line drawing of the animal with a particular body part highlighted and the name of that body part given at the bottom of the picture (just like the control card of a three-part card set). However, rather than stopping there and simply asking the child to match the loose word and picture to the control card, the definitions booklets provide a definition of the body part on the opposing page. The Montessori Print Shop has an excellent article titled "How to Use Montessori Nomenclature Materials" that you can find on their blog. It describes all of the traditional Montessori nomenclature materials with the exception of multi-part definition cards, how to progress through them, and how to present them.
My fluent reader (Kal-El) still loves three-part cards, and I hope he always will, but he also enjoys the challenge of doing a little more reading, he LOVES non-fiction, and he adores collecting facts about animals. That is why I thought something like these would be well-suited for him:
I had a feeling this collection would be perfect for Kal-El. However, Me Too has been very interested in dogs. So, the first book I made was for him.
Before I received the files, I didn't know what level the books would be at regarding body parts. Sometimes you find materials that label body, head, legs, tail, nose, eyes and then they are done. That might be appropriate in early primary, but for my late primary Me Too and early elementary Kal-El it would be too simple. This book is more advanced which is what I had hoped for (muzzle, brisket, withers, etc.,). He asked me to read it to him twice and then he said, "Now, I'll read it to you but I'm only going to read the picture pages and not the big pages." He flew through the first few pages by memory (dog, head, ears) and then he got stuck. He didn't remember what the "stop" was called. Then next thing I know his pointer finger is gliding along beneath the word and I hear " 'sssttt' (yes, he even blended).../o/.../p/. Stop." He continued through the book and likewise read "back", "hocks", "tail", and "brisket." He sometimes handled the phonograms well as in those words, and other times needed a reminder to not read them separately as in "withers." There were, of course, some words beyond his reading ability such as "thigh" and "shoulder", but folks, I think we have a reader!
Here he is reading his book. This picture is a little sunny, but you can see his little lips sounding out the word and his chubby little finger sliding along underneath. So cute.
This particular type of material is hard to find. Maitri Learning sells them but I can't say that I've seen them anywhere else to DIY other than at the Montessori Print Shop. If you can't wait to make some for your own kids, you can head over to the Montessori Print Shop and buy any book you want individually. Or, you can save some money and buy The 22-item Zoology bundle which includes:
|1||Bat Nomenclature Cards (13 parts)||2.49|
|2||Bird Nomenclature Cards (11 parts)||2.49|
|3||Butterfly Life Cycle Cards and Charts (5 parts)||2.49|
|4||Butterfly Nomenclature Cards (5 parts)||2.49|
|5||Dog Nomenclature Cards (15 parts)||2.49|
|6||Elephant Nomenclature Cards (10 parts)||2.49|
|7||Fish Nomenclature Cards (11 parts)||2.49|
|8||Frog Life Cycle Cards and Charts (6 parts)||2.49|
|9||Frog Nomenclature Cards (6 parts)||0.00|
|10||Grasshopper Nomenclature Cards (13 parts)||2.49|
|11||Horse Nomenclature Cards (9 parts)||2.49|
|12||Insect Nomenclature Cards (11 parts)||2.49|
|13||Jellyfish Nomenclature Cards (8 parts)||2.49|
|14||Kangaroo Nomenclature Cards (11 parts)||2.49|
|15||Ladybug Nomenclature Cards (10 parts)||2.49|
|16||Penguin Nomenclature Cards (9 parts)||2.49|
|17||Snail Nomenclature Cards (9 parts)||2.49|
|18||Spider Nomenclature Cards (8 parts)||2.49|
|19||Starfish Nomenclature Cards (11 parts)||2.49|
|20||Turkey Nomenclature Cards (13 parts)||2.49|
|21||Turtle Nomenclature Cards (10 parts)||2.49|
|22||Worm Nomenclature Cards (5 parts)||1.49|
|Total if purchased individually||$51.29|
|Save 15% on the Bundle||7.69|
I read through all of the materials, made the books for the kangaroo, the bird, the dog, and the insect and the boys had a blast with them last week. As you can see from the above list, the bundle is not limited to definitions books but also includes life cycle books and charts. I have read through those materials and they are fantastic.
I haven't made them yet because the boys still glaze over a little when I start talking about life cycles. I can't wait until they show some interest and I can get started on life cycles. In the meantime, this bundle has provided more than enough "parts of" booklets to keep us busy.
Note: If you prefer three-part cards, or you feel three-part cards are more appropriate for your child's stage of development, there are three-part card materials for all of these animals as well available on the Montessori Print Shop site.
The materials printed beautifully and were easy, but a little tedious, to make. You can read a very helpful article about how to turn these digital files into long-lasting booklets at the Montessori Print Shop as well. If everything in the world could be "my way" I would set these files up so they could be printed double-sided onto cardstock. As is, you cannot do that because when you fold them things would be on the wrong facing pages. So instead, the Montessori Print shop suggests that you print everything on regular printer paper, cut them out, also cut cardstock into quarters, glue each of the pages onto the cardstock, laminate, and cut again. Then you can perforate and bind them with your comb binding machine. If they could be printed double-sided you could just print them on cardstock, cut once, skip laminating and go directly to binding. If you didn't have a comb binder, you could print them on printer paper and simply staple them. I don't like the tediousness of glueing things back to back. That said, I can hazard a guess that if they were set up for double-sided printing the company would get a lot of complaints from people who couldn't figure out how to put their books together. It would look very disjointed in the digital file because like would not be with like. Also, many people are not familiar enough with how their printer works to be capable of successfully printing things back to back so that they line up correctly. It could also be difficult to format because you never know what someone's printer will do with the margins.
TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!
The Montessori Print Shop is graciously giving ONE of my readers the 22-item Zoology Nomenclature Books Bundle. These files have a $51.29 value if purchased individually and can be purchased for $43.60 as a bundle. Wouldn't it be great to win it? There are several ways to enter. The first entry is mandatory. If you don't blog or social network and can only enter by commenting, remember...it only takes one entry to win! Do not despair! Also, I have added number nine so that you have a way to come back and earn more entries.
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