“The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people.” Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori observed that the ‘sensitive period’ to absorb language is from around 3 months of age up to the age of 6 years. Moreover, from infancy, babies are absorbing language naturally without formal instruction. Therefore, practitioners are mindfully aware to use appropriate language and the correct terminology when communicating with babies and children.
The area of Language is embedded throughout every Montessori area of learning and within a language rich, prepared environment a child can learn new words and expand their vocabulary – essential for the foundation of developing later reading skills.For example, exercises in the area of Practical Life, Sensorial and Cultural expand a child’s vocabulary immensely.
After which comes the Sandpaper Letters and Alphabet Box, Language Boxes and word and picture cards. Incorporating a daily story time, library sessions, Story Bags and literacy materials develops phonetic literacy and sound recognition.
Morning ‘Self – Registration’ encourages children to write their own name, and Weekly News sessions during circle time help to develop communication and oral skills.