Language & Writing

All language develops in all children following specific patterns.  The child develops completely depending on the richness of his environment.  Montessori felt these important factors lead to the child’s development: their absorbent mind, their sensitive periods, the strong urge to communicate, the need to be independent and to explore.  She felt children learn primarily through their senses, especially forming strong impressions from the use of the hand to the brain.  Sensitive periods are opportunities for the young child to effortlessly create and refine different human characteristics – such as language.

Once again you will see the results of the previous exercises with Practical Life and Sensorial Materials that have helped the
child notice shapes and gain listening skills. The Sandpaper Letters are presented to the child a few letters at a time.
The child will form each letter imitating the adult and repeating the sound of each letter. The child will use three of
the five senses to learn the sound and formation of each letter creating a muscular impression in the brain.

 

There are many letter lessons in the classroom. This child is matching a letter to the picture. There is a
control of error built into the work so the child can be successful doing this work without the adult.

 

Once the child knows several letters and at least one vowel sound, they are introduced to the Movable Alphabet.
These lessons help the child listen for beginning, middle and ending sounds … forming the written word
without even using a pencil. There seems to be endless exercises with this special material.

 

The child begins almost magically blending sounds and making words. This is a different Movable Alphabet that can be used to create sentences. The child is able to move forward with self-expression in her writings and is not restricted because her hand writing skills are not yet as strong.

 

This boy is working with blends of letters that create new sounds. He is using two colors of letters to isolate the new difficulty “sh” with
the already familiar letters. Later he too will be able to create sentences or a short story with the new phonogram combinations.

 

Throughout the areas of learning there will be many classification materials for the children to
learn the parts of plants and animals. This boy is sorting and labeling different kinds of fish.

 

The young child has been preparing the connection between the brain and his hand with many of the Practical Life and Sensorial
materials. This boy is using the Metal Insets that he will form the shape in such a way to prepare him for reading and writing.

 

The young child is capable of recalling and creating stories with very little direction from the adult. The classroom is full of information for the child to broaden his vocabulary. The child will do simple exercises with grammar which will help the child understand further exploration of our language.

 

The children are always excited to write their name, other letters and numerals. After a short time, children will be able to create
their own stories. This girl is studying the animals and classifying the animal characteristics and writing down her observations.