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Language - Grammar
slips of paper
The Farm or objects from the room

In this activity the child learns about nouns.


These can be done with one or several children.

Listing Nouns

  1. Take the pencil and paper slips to a table or mat. (If at a mat, you will also need a clipboard for writing.)
  2. "Everything has a name. All the people, all the things, even all the places that we go have names. Words that are names are called nouns."
  3. "Let's look around us and try to think of some nouns." Take turns thinking of nouns and writing on them on the slips of paper. At first the teacher may need to prompt the child a little until they get the idea: "What's the name of a person you can see?" or "What's the name of something on the shelf over there?". When the child thinks of one, the teacher can reinforce by saying as she writes, "Yes, the word box is a noun."

"Bring me a ___"

  1. Step one
  2. Next step

Points of Interest

Control of Error

the teacher

Variations and Extensions


Make Your Own

Free printable Grammar Symbols (black outlines, print on the appropriate color of cardstock and cut out):

Grammar symbols could be cut out of card-stock, craft foam, or plastic (maybe from plastic lids).


Where to Buy

Prices and links last checked: 25 May 2020

Basic Grammar Symbols Box
Absorbent Montessori $25.00
Adena $20.92
Affordable Montessori $39.00
Alison's $26.25
Alison's $52.00
Alison's $52.00
Bruins $80.00
E & O $37.00
ETC Montessori $30.00 (no box?)
IFIT $23.00
Kid Advance $22.99
Leader Joy $24.95
Materials Company of Boston $65.00 (small)
Materials Company of Boston $65.00
Materials Company of Boston $75.00
Montessori Concepts $25.00
Montessori Outlet $9.95 (box extra $13.95)
Thinkamajigs $30.95
Waseca $70.00

Basic & Advanced Grammar Symbol Set
Alison's $47.25 (plastic)
Alison's $49.40
Nienhuis $90.90 (plastic)

Box for Both Sets
Montessori Outlet $15.95
Nienhuis $55.50

Advanced Grammar Symbols only
Adena $17.92
ETC Montessori $28.00 (no box?)
Materials Company of Boston $40.00
Montessori Outlet $7.95
Thinkamajigs $24.95 (cardboard)

Grammar Symbols Stencil
Affordable Montessori $4.99 for 2
Albanesi $52.00 for 5 (large)
Albanesi $52.00 for 5 (small)
Alison's $6.50 for 2
ETC Montessori $7.50
Mandala Classroom $45.00 for 5
Montessori Outlet $3.95
Nienhuis $7.50
Waseca $5.00

Grammar Symbols Stamps
Alison's $29.95
Great Extensions $55.00

3D Basic Grammar Symbols
Adena $20.92
Alison's $18.00 (no base)
Alison's $35.70
Bruins $85.00
E & O $134.00
IFIT $28.00
Kid Advance $21.99 (base: $8.99)
Kid Advance $65.99
Leader Joy $26.95 (no base)
Leader Joy $34.95
Materials Company of Boston $55.00 (no base)
Montessori Concepts $38.00
Montessori Outlet $28.95 (base: $8.95)
Montessori Outlet $57.95
Nienhuis $178.50
Thinkamajigs $37.95

3D Noun and Verb
Adena $10.92
Affordable Montessori $12.00
Alison's $15.75
Bruins $35.00
E & O $17.00
IFIT $13.00
Kid Advance $11.99
Leader Joy $15.95
Materials Company of Boston $48.00
Montessori Concepts $13.00
Montessori Outlet $13.95
Nienhuis Noun only: $26.20
Nienhuis Verb only: $26.20
Thinkamajigs $11.95

Further Reading