Pre-Reading Activities {with free download}

Lately, we’ve been focusing on pre-reading activities. Before we started school, I made a set of our own pre-reading cards to follow along with the activities in the album I use. I ended up taking my own pictures, because I wanted the pictures to be consistent in resembling (in this case being) real objects rather than clip art.

At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to a free download of the classification cards (object pictures), nomenclature cards, and opposite cards.

Nomenclature Cards

Matching Cards

Memory games are also a great pre-reading activity.

Classification Cards

Otto working with the pre-reading classification cards with big brother’s help.

Matching Objects to Beginning Sounds

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If you’re looking for language activities for toddler’s, check out this post:

Montessori Pre-Reading Sequence

I’ve based our pre-reading sequence off of Shu-Chen Jenny’s online Montessori Language album (you can find all her albums online here). These activities are designed to increase the child’s vocabulary, refine picture interpretation as well as visual discrimination.

This is her suggested sequence:


 Download Pre-Reading Cards

Nomenclature Cards – School Supplies

Opposite Cards

Classification Cards – Object Pictures

Rhyming Cards (coming soon)

Go-Togethers (coming soon)


Montessori Monday

4 comments… add one

  • Kylie October 15, 2012, 2:08 pm

    My little guy is in the pre-reading phase as well. He has done all of the categories except opposites, so we will have to try that. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Deb @ Living Montessori Now October 24, 2012, 3:48 am

    Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday and sharing your pre-reading cards! I featured your cards as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

  • Hollie October 24, 2012, 1:33 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’m new to the trying Montessori at home school to three young ones and I truly appreciate all of the blogs out there that offer advice and encouragement!

  • Nicole March 18, 2015, 11:19 am

    I got a few ideas from your posts on facebook, thanx for sharing

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