Language

Language is the underlying factor in much of the work done in the Montessori class. Since communication is a fundamental need of man, it is the child who is building the language skills which will serve him the rest of his life. The teacher gives special attention to enriching the child's vocabulary daily through stories, poems, and naming objects and experiences. The children first trace sandpaper letters and learn the sounds of the letters. Then moves on to using a movable alphabet to form simple words. Soon the child begins to sound out those words and "explodes" into reading! This usually comes after the explosion into writing since the child has the natural ability to form the numbers and letters after tracing them and working on various other activities that have prepared him mentally and physically. Throughout the child's work in this area, the teacher works very hard at transmitting the magic and wonder of language to the children.

 

Letter TracingChalkboard
Reading