reading language

Language in the Montessori classroom begins with verbal skills. The very young child is encouraged to express himself and communicate his desires to his teachers and peers. The children start with picture/name recognition. Natural progression leads to letter recognition, letter to sound recognition, simple word recognition, sounding out words, matching objects to the letters that spell the object, to reading basic words, sentence building, and eventually reading books designed for their level.

As language develops, the progression to writing comes naturally. Children can not wait to put what they know down on paper. Writing begins with the strengthening of the pincher grip needed to correctly hold a pencil. In the Montessori classroom children have been developing this necessary control through sensorial works such as the knobbed cylinders. Free form coloring soon turns to the drawing of shapes which develops into the formation of letters and eventually into words and sentences.