At first, I was a bit hesitant to put out a "paper" work because I really feel that the children already learn so much using just the traditional Montessori materials. I noticed, however, that the kids are extremely motivated to make little books from their activities and take much pride in their creation. To that end, I put together a booklet making lesson using a simple table in Word and pictures from Clip Art. Each page of the booklet has one word of an ocean animal whose corresponding picture is on the other sheet of (larger) paper. I decided to pre-assemble the pages of the booklets because I wanted even the youngest students in the class to have success with the material and I did not want them feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of having to put all of the pages in order. The students were given a lesson during circle time and then I set the activity up at a table in the Language area of the classroom.
For control of error, I placed the pages in order on a shelf so that the children could check their work:
Here, you can see how the control of error can be seen from where the child sits to complete the activity:
The children have been working hard to compete their booklets. The concentration on their faces as they carefully cut around the pictures is priceless! Also, they are really paying attention to the words on the page and those who are not yet reading were even trying to sound out the first letter of each word. Usually, the students place their finished work in their work bin inside the classroom, but these have become coveted items and most get tucked away inside a pocket because they are special treasures!