Language

Language study is approached in two ways:  students work with carefully prepared language materials but they also find reading and writing opportunities throughout the classroom.   The Montessori Language curriculum is comprised of reading, grammar, conventions, word study and composition. 

  • Exposure to great literature is a regular event so that worlds painted with words can take hold of imaginations.The habit of reading is cultivated not just for information or joy, but also for self-restoration.

  • Analyzing and symbolizing sentences for grammar and syntax starts simply but becomes quite a sleuthing exercise by age 12.

  • We have fun with words and approach word study as an exploration of limitless possibilities.

  • An expanding language tool set builds confidence as they learn to better express themselves. Daily community meetings provide opportunities to practice speaking in a supportive group while children do their own problem solving to address issues that crop up in the classroom.

  • They learn about writing by doing it, and often, ramping up from simple things such as jotting notes but then growing to perform research, paraphrase ideas and create reports.

​Take, as an example, the study of poetry.  It begins by hearing spoken poems express a range of feelings. By introducing different forms and types of poetry, from acrostics to couplets, everyone finds a favorite.  Students are then invited to playfully experiment and create some of their own. Once 6- and 7-year-olds are thus poised for success, the results are beautiful. 

 

The key to language mastery is offering many ways to practice the art of communication.