The Montessori approach to teaching your child language concepts is done at your child’s level and pace.
By allowing a child to progress through strategies at their own pace makes learning individual and more successful.
Language development within the Montessori schoolroom
When your child arrives at their Montessori schoolroom they will have already absorbed the language they hear and use every day. They will have created their own dialect so the entrance into the schoolroom will allow them to begin exploring the written language. Language is an intricate part of how we think and the child that speaks should be listened to. When they listen to us speak they hear proper articulation and punctuation; when we listen to them we hear where they need correction. Montessori concepts are to listen and to assist in any correction that is needed. They inspire your child to speak with others as learning what sounds words make they can begin applying that knowledge to writing words.
Montessori teachers have the opportunity to expand your child’s learning
The Montessori teacher can expand and develop a learning relationship with your child. This makes an incredible difference in the success your child will experience. When they exchange conversations with your child during time on the playground, field trips and even just moving around the building or classroom they have the time to create the context for the development of language skills. These are unique opportunities to build trust for your child with their teacher and peers. Classroom activities can then be built on this trust and expanded.
The Montessori language area
The development of early literacy skills are introduced to your child through activities when they visit the language area of the classroom. Through a program known as, reading readiness children have the opportunity to expand their vocabulary, listen to sounds and look to find similarities and differences among objects and pictures. They are introduced to common names for tools, household objects and things within their environment. Teachers monitor which activities are being used most and those being left to “gather dust” so they know when to introduce new material to keep discovery growing. They will continue to expand your child’s opportunity to refine and expand their literacy skills. Three very effective tools were designed for the Montessori classroom; metal insets, sand paper letters and the movable alphabet.
These provide your child with an appealing opportunity to practice the component strokes of letters. The Montessori belief is that tracing complete shapes would be satisfying for young children and provide them with the opportunity to refine their pencil control. They gain fine motor control by first tracing the frame of the shape and then later more challenging freestanding metal shapes.
When your child is young, he or she learns by touching, looking and listening. When they are introduced to sandpaper letters they are able to stroke the letter shape, hear the sound of the letter while simultaneously seeing its form.
Once your child associates sounds and forms of letters, they will move on to composing words. With the use of multiple sets of cutout letters your child will be encouraged to select letters and compose whatever words they like. This is not the same as spelling; it is composing words by the sounds they know the letter makes.
Contact a Montessori school in your area and schedule a tour to see how our programs, including our lower elementary Montessori program, works with young children. See how we can help your child achieve an education at their own pace in an environment designed just for them.