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Language

The young child has a natural sensitivity for language development. Therefore, the Montessori language program begins immediately and is continuously woven into the life and work of the class. The children are free to talk to one another in the classroom, and there is always time devoted to discussion, poetry, songs and interpretation of stories. The language materials themselves aid the development of all three aspects of a child's language: speaking, writing and reading. In the area of vocabulary enrichment, the child in a Montessori classroom is exposed to tremendous vocabulary enrichment: a variety of names, leaf shapes, prehistoric animals, geometric shapes, seashells, geographical locations and famous composers. Learning to read and write requires the mastery of many skills. The child in separate exercises pursues each of these skills. Only when the child has mastered the separate skills is the child encouraged to unite them into the operations of reading and writing. The language area includes reading, writing, and grammar. Reading is presented in a very eclectic manner starting with a phonetic base, adding a sight word vocabulary and extending into a language experience program. Writing begins with use of the metal insets to gain control of the pencil and move into manuscript. Grammar is based on concrete experiences with objects, actions and descriptions. The children experience a noun, a verb, an adjective and a preposition.