Our language curriculum is scientifically based and time tested to give children the tools with which to express themselves in both verbal and written form. It includes reading, spelling, grammar, handwriting, the writing process and the development of verbal language. Our goal is to give children experience and practice with the skills they will need to be proficient readers and writers. We also strive to enhance their natural love of language.
Children will experience matching cards, stories, poetry, listening games and other preparatory activities that will naturally lead to reading and writing. As with all Montessori subjects, language is taught through a variety of multi-sensory activities including visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic. This improves the learning process by providing differing experiences to address each child’s individual learning style and pattern.
Examples of Language Activities:
- Pre-reading skills include the development of vocabulary, expression of thoughts, recognition of letters, discrimination of shapes, sequencing, moving left to right and top to bottom.
- Pre-writing skills include preparation of the muscles to hold a pencil, preparation of the hand to trace outlines and the ability to control the pressure when using a pencil.
- Reading skills include the use of sandpaper letters, letter sounds, classified pictures, mystery words, blends and digraphs, long vowel patterns and commercial books.
- Writing skills include tracing letters, writing letters on squared, lined, and penmanship paper. Stories are read and discussions are held to increase the child’s verbal, vocabulary and thinking skills.
Maria Montessori's research confirmed what observant parents have always known:
Children learn best by touch and manipulation, not by repeating what they are told. Her manipulative approach to teaching children how to read phonetically is nothing short of brilliance and should have long ago become a basic element on every early-childhood classroom around the world.