Each year we like to hold an evening for parents to join us to learn about Montessori. This year we explored Language in all of the environments. Ms. Sarah explained how the young child learns the sounds of the alphabet and how this leads to reading and learning the function of words. Ms. Amanda explored the Grammar Boxes of the 6-9 Class and Ms. Olinger gave a presentation on the Junior Great Books experience.
When the child enters the Primary Environment at age three, they are in their sensitive period for language, so the environment is prepared in such a way so their language can continue to develop.
We begin with enrichment of vocabulary through individual and group lessons. We sing, tell stories, listen to poems and rhymes, have show and tell and visually see nomenclature throughout the room. The children learn the sounds of the alphabet through a game called “I Spy”. The sandpaper letters allow them to learn the symbol for each sound as they trace the sound and say it.
The Moveable Alphabet is a key lesson where the child writes with the loose cut-out sounds to make words, and sentences.This leads to reading with phonetic labels and objects. Phonograms are introduced and the children learn about blends of sounds in words.
The children will continue with the “Function of Words” when they enter the 6-9 class so they come to realize what the parts of speech mean.
Language in the 6-9 Environment
The child at this age is interested in grammar and dissecting sentences. They also love stories and Ms. Amanda presented the story of the noun.
Our class of parents discovered that everything has a name! No one could find an item without a name!
We followed the noun to different types of nouns, masculine, feminine, singular, plural, as well as concrete and abstract nouns. Children work through every part of speech up to the interjection over the three year cycle. We then discussed definite articles and indefinite articles.
School parent Kevin Sparkman has the fun job of finding each type of word in this last box. He was not alone as we can use the color coded cards to help!
The Grammar Boxes are an attractive material for t his age child and it makes learning the parts of speech an enjoyable and exciting part of this class. Children find through this exercise how to write with all parts of speech and their own patterns. Are you a person who likes to use a lot of adjectives? Come visit the grammar boxes and find out!
The Junior Great Books Program in the 9-12 Environment
Elementary children begin Junior Great Books during their first year in the Elementary. When they come into the 9-12 environment, they are reading rich literature and writing short stories.
When they complete the 9-12 class, they are writing using a variety of formats,such as newspaper articles and research projects. They have been exposed to Evaluative writing with supporting evidence, non fiction informational, creative writing, poetry, play scripts,
and greeting cards. They learn to use an assortment of organizational techniques as well as the technicality of writing including bibliography, quoting sources and using proper grammar and paragraph writing.
Junior Great Books offers Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, Writing Skills, Literature, and Final Result.
We read the story, have a collaborative discussion, and share questions.
For the Critical Thinking portion,we form questions, answer the questions and collect evidence to support our answers.
During the Writing, we find answers and organize ideas as we develop skills for essay writing.
The children are exposed to a variety of literature, classic and award winning authors. They compare stories, authors, styles and genres of writing.
Junior Great Books assists them in becoming thoughtful readers and evaluative writers.