The Montessori pre-school classroom emphasises and encourages spoken language as the foundation for linguistic expression.
The child hears, learns and uses specific vocabulary in all activities, thus developing clear articulate expression.
The child is introduced to the phonetic alphabet, begins reading simple words and progresses to sentence building, spelling and composition.
Reading and writing skills are often acquired seemingly spontaneously, promoting excited declarations of ‘I can read!’ and ‘I can write!’.
Other skills such as pencil control, handwriting and the fundamentals of grammar are also emphasised in the classroom.