ShillerLearning Language Arts Kit A

ShillerLearning Language Arts Kit A

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Item #: 067830
Grades: PK-K

Product Description:

Kit A includes Lesson Books 1-4; foam mat; book of Mother Goose Rhymes; 28 language arts songs (download). magnetic alphabet (uppercase & lowercase letters plus numbers); quinoa grain, washable large crayons; shapes with knobs and matching bases (10), and 4 tubs of Play-Doh; While most of the items are somewhat typical (letters, numbers, crayons, Play-Doh), that is not true of the Montessori shapes manipulatives. There are ten shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, trapezoid, quatrefoil, pentagon, oval, elipse, and curvilinear triangle) illustrated two different ways: blue shapes with molded lifters and ten matching pink stencil shapes. Stencils are 5.5" squares; shapes are various sizes with 3 7/8" square being the largest. Lesson Books are about 95 pgs each and spiral-bound.

The Mother Goose Book includes 358 "stories." These are to be used as part of each day's lessons (read-aloud) and can be requested by the child as desired. These stories are printed in large print and would be read by the child (if able). There are multiple stories on each page. Please note there are no illustrations at all in the book. 152 pgs. spiral-bound.

The Lesson Mat is large (22" x 34") and cream-colored. Fabric is some sort of foam but the touch is velvety. It is slightly stretchy in one direction. This mat is used with all lessons and serves as a portable workspace allowing you to take your lessons anywhere inside (or outside) of the house.

~ Janice

Publisher Description:

Phonics, sight words, reading, pre-writing, spelling, beginning grammar, and typing for 3 to 6-year-olds. Uses the same, proven methodology found in ShillerLearning Math Kits I, II, and F. Includes 4 lesson books (Books 1, 2, 3, and 4) covering 2 years of language arts, 28 language arts song downloads that integrate with the lessons, Book of Mother Goose Rhymes, grain for small hand letter tracing, 22 in. x 34 in. work mat, (10) pink and blue Montessori Shapes with knobs and matching bases, Play-Doh, 155 piece movable alphabet in divided wooden box, and 8 large crayons. Over $300 if purchased separately. Includes free lifetime downloads of lessons and manipulatives. If your child knows his or her letter sounds and letter names - and is beginning to read simple short vowel words, you may be ready for Language Arts Kit B.

Category Description for Shiller Learning Language Arts:

Based on the three-point instructional method: "this is;" "show me;" and "what is?" as well as an underlying Socratic question/answer format, ShillerMath Language Arts is Montesorri at its best. The totally scripted teaching manuals each provide a semester's worth of daily lessons (71-84 lessons in each book). Kit A (Books 1-4) is designed for ages 3-5. Kit B (Books 5-8) is for ages 4-7. A third Kit (Books 9-12) for ages 6-8 is expected. If these age levels seem a bit odd to you (as they do to me), it's because there are two levels of things happening here. One is phonics instruction and the other is an amazing/exciting combination of language arts "more."

For example, here are the "more" topics covered on the Book 4 Review Test: imitate (speaking, listening, reading, writing), introduce yourself, repeating 5 words back in order, articles (as in part of speech), retelling a story, emotions (tell me about a time when . . .), touch typing (home position basics), rhyming words, identifying adjectives, describing basic geographic features, describing peripheral vision, naming the months of the year, naming first ten ordinal numbers, comparisons, copying a very diverse collection of shapes, showing directions, and, lastly, identifying Shakespeare and naming a sonnet.

The bottom line is that there is a lot of learning going on here and a lot of flexibility. An older student (5 years) might start with Kit A and fly through the learning but still come away with new information.

Lessons require no preparation and vary in both length and complexity. There is also great variety in the content which is why the teacher is encouraged to skip lessons if the student is not ready for its content. Since one of the basic premises of Montesorri education is that children are natural learners, the teacher's role is to provide a learning-friendly environment and the proper tools. Students are usually the best gauge of their own competence and will know when they have closure on a topic so be prepared to be flexible and sensitive. The back cover of each lesson book is to be used to record when a lesson is completed.

A good part of Montessori instruction is managing the dialog between teacher and student. There is general information at the front of the Lesson Books on building an environment conducive to learning. The Lesson Books are totally scripted. This means that everything you need to say to the student is provided for you.

The lesson on emotions is illustrative of the different directions this curriculum takes. First we are told that "emotions are what we feel." There are pictures of four children illustrating these emotions: shy, sad, jealous, and sorry. As part of the lesson the child is encouraged to demonstrate how she/he feels with each of those emotions as well as to tell a story about a time when he/she was . . . . . All in all, an interesting and excellent introduction to an intriguing subject.

The Kits provide everything you need for one to two years of instruction.

~ Janice

Category Description for OTHER PROGRAMS:

Language arts programs listed in this section cover some combination of reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, handwriting or typing but do not attempt to cover all of those skill areas.

Category Description for LANGUAGE ARTS:

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Language Arts
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Shiller Math
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I use Shiller Math and LOVE IT!
Eric A on May 18, 2021
I purchased the Shiller Language Arts curriculum because it uses the Montessori method of education.
Gena O on Mar 22, 2018
I use Shiller Math and LOVE IT!
Eric A on May 18, 2021
I'm homeschooling my children for the first time this year. They've both had 2 years of Montessori schooling and I'd like to continue that as much as possible at home.
Emily F on Jul 24, 2020
I purchased the Shiller Language Arts curriculum because it uses the Montessori method of education.
Gena O on Mar 22, 2018
I'm homeschooling my children for the first time this year. They've both had 2 years of Montessori schooling and I'd like to continue that as much as possible at home.
Emily F on Jul 24, 2020
Hello! Shiller Language Arts provides a 30-day trial with their Language Arts kit. Is there a trial period option through Rainbow Resources, too? Thank you!
A shopper on Jul 11, 2022
BEST ANSWER: You may only return unused materials for a full refund within 30 days.
How long does the average lesson take?
User on Jul 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: ShillerLearning: Montessori at Home recommends doing activities for 15 minutes a day with a 3-or-4-year-olds and add 5 minutes a day for each year of age after (20 minutes a day with a 5-year-old, 25 minutes a day with a 6-year-old).
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I am blown away with this program! My daughter is LOVING it. Really great for creative children!
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