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Literacy and Language

Literacy and Language along with all the other curricular areas in the Montessori System are based on the concept of developmental periods. This chart represents the four planes traveled by the child from birth to maturity.

Language is an integral involvement in the process of thinking, therefore the child will need to be spoken to and listened to often. The child will need a broad exposure to language, with correct articulation, enunciation, and punctuation. The child will need to experience different modes of language and to hear and tell stories. Most importantly, the child needs to feel free and be encouraged to communicate with others.

Three to six-year-olds are in what Dr. Montessori called a “sensitive period” for language acquisition. They delight in conversation. They begin to associate sounds, symbols, and meaning, the foundation of both reading and writing. Our classrooms surround children with language experiences.