Language - The Montessori Method

In a Montessori class room, writing often comes before reading. Children learn to build up letters into words by using the jolly phonics system that is now used in primary schools. Letters are introduced to a child using the Sandpaper Letters, they get a visual impression and by feeling around the shape of the letter with their finger they get a muscular impression too. When they have sufficient letter recognition they can move onto the Montessori language materials which are on three levels, Pink, Blue and Green.

Learning Language through Montessori

When a child starts to work with the pink level language materials they are introduced to a pink box containing objects such as a cat, a dog, a hat and a pot, they look at the object and begin to sound out the word. From there they are able to work with the large Moveable Alphabet which contains all the letters of the alphabet. The child then sounds out the object name and matches the correct letters to form the word. Writing skills are learned by colouring intricate shapes drawn with insets, and sandpaper letters are experienced by touch as well as sight and sound. You will always find a wide range of story and picture books which are freely accessible within the Montessori class room.

Language is just one of the five steps of the first plane of development. See also: Sensorial, Practical Life, Mathematics and Cultural Subjects