With fall upon us, it is time to start looking for fall books for your children and to choose activities to keep your little ones busy. If your child is attending a Montessori School or if you are planning to take a tour, you should look for activities for your child that will fit in with the Montessori philosophy, which is “Help me do it myself.”

Best Fall Books For 2 ½ to 6 Year Olds

Reading a few of these books each night will help instill a love of reading in your child Each of these books are classics that one day, you child will read to their children.

  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney: This is a book about a woman who wanted to travel the world, live by the sea, and make the world more beautiful. During her travels, she scattered lupine seeds all around. The real Miss Rumphius is known as the person who helped the lupines bloom all along the coast of Maine.
  • All By Myself! by Aliki: This is a book that teaches kids to be independent. The rhyming story tells how it is important to button, write, paint, zip, rub, and scrub. It is wonderfully illustrated.
  • In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming: This book will give your child an idea of what it is like to be a frog throughout all the seasons.
  • Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic: Each letter of the alphabet for fall items are covered from acorn to zero.

Montessori Activities

The Montessori School encourage children to learn by doing. It will give the child a sense of accomplishment, and it is the Montessori way.

  • Creating a Sense of Order: Teaching your child to create a sense of order will help them use their decision-making skills. It will also help them learn organization skills. One activity is the animal match-up. You would need a set of plastic animals and photos to go along with them. Encourage your child to match the animal with their picture and let them do it on their own.
  • Sorting: Sorting is an excellent activity that your child can do on their own. Take a paper plate with 4 compartments. Put three different types of cereal, crackers, or chip, and put them all together in the larger compartment. Encourage your child to separate each different food in its own compartment. When they are done, they will have a great snack to eat.
  • Water Play: Having your child pour water from cup to cup and pitcher to cup will help them learn how to pour their own drinks. You can give them a cloth to teach them to wipe up their own spills.

Reading and doing things on their own is a great way for your child to start learning; it is also the Montessori way. If you want your child to get the best education possible, set up a tour with the Montessori School in Newark and see what it is like for yourself.