In Montessori classrooms, children learn the foundational skills to reading and writing by learning The Sandpaper Letters and focusing on phonetics. As the child learns the sound each letter makes, they are able to use the letters together to create words (writing). The child will explore with writing until they spontaneously start to read; it will “click” for them that as they are writing, they can also sound out the words to read what they say. Spoken Language activities, like The Sound Game, are used in the classroom as soon as your child starts to also build skills they will use when writing and reading.
There are many ways to incorporate these skills and build them at home. From a young age, focusing on the sound of each letter instead of the name (the sound aaaa instead of the name Aye) or modeling how you sound out a word when you are reading are great ways to support your child’s development.
Do you need to buy fancy, expensive Montessori materials? Nope! And I don’t recommend to parents that they do that. The materials in the classroom have a very specific purpose that the Guide is trained in and they are not necessary to have at home as well for development.
I do recommend games and small daily actions the parent can make that can significantly help their child’s literacy. They are easy to do and don’t cost money.
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