CASA DEI BAMBINI
Montessori education emphasizes the importance of fundamental language to communication. Children are taught to express themselves and to communicate with others. It is a crucial tool for leaning all curricular areas. For the children, “ability to speak opens doors; the ability to read opens minds”.
The ages from three to six years old are a sensitive period for language achievement. The language curriculum includes oral language activities, pre-reading work, writing and reading comprehension. Initial sounds are introduced through sandpaper letters and matching objects. After the children learn a few sounds, they are then introduced to blending exercises through moveable alphabets.
Language activities are organized in a sequential manner to follow the natural language development of the child. The objectives of oral language activities include the development of listening skills, comprehension and vocabulary. The sounds of the alphabet are presented through the phonetic method in a natural way. Vocabulary development is emphasized in all areas by using specific words for objects in the classroom. At approximately 4 ½ years, the children begin to put phonetic sounds together to read short words. Parents can complement the Montessori Reading Program by calling the letters by its phonetic sound.
Reading, writing, spelling and language are integrated and not taught as separate subjects. A variety of activities such as songs, stories, classified language cards, video presentation, storytelling and manipulative Montessori materials motivate the children to learn. For older children, the Filipino Language is introduced as required by the Department of Education.
Basic skills in writing are developed through the use of writing insets to refine pencil control, sandpaper letters, and other manipulative materials and writing exercises.