Teaching Language the Montessori Way
This is an extremely important part of the Montessori curriculum. Sandpaper letters are used to introduce the sounds of the alphabet to the child, but only when they are ready. In the Montessori class, children utilize all their senses to help them read and write with proper understanding.
Language materials include sandpaper letters teaching the sound of each letter, movable alphabet for composing words and simple sentences, many types of language extension exercises, and the metal insets that develop pencil control necessary for writing. Often our children can be observed sounding out simple words and creating their first stories.
In the Montessori classroom, story time and learning songs and poems is equally as important for language development! Our children’s library is refreshed frequently in accordance to the themes and concepts being discussed each week. Our students enjoy having stories read to them daily as they develop their listening skills. Discovering language becomes interesting, fun and a creative process for the child. Each child works at his or her own pace. Gradually, through daily visual and hands-on learning experience, writing, reading, and communication skills will develop.
Benefits of Montessori Language Materials
- The Montessori language materials are designed to develop skills such as listening, speaking, writing, and a love for reading
- The large array of materials is intended to give the children lots of practice reading phonetic words. The material is presented in different formats in order to keep the children’s interest and help them feel that they are progressing.