is an integral part of the entire Montessori preschool curriculum
at Franklin. Stories, songs, poems along with conversations with
adults and peers help children increase their vocabulary and develop
oral language skills. Classroom teachers are conscientious models
for their students and are careful to use correct pronunciation,
grammar and syntax. Through activities with teachers and fellow students,
children gain confidence and independence as they learn to identify
the objects in our classroom. Social studies, science and geography
help children develop and apply specialized language. Vocabulary
enrichment continues with materials and activities that help the
child learn the names of everything from animals and musical instruments
to vegetables and boats.
Children first acquire written language skills by learning the
phonetic sound of each letter. Using inviting, hands-on materials
the children progress by classifying objects based on their sounds
and then begin putting these sounds together to create words. Once
they have learned to create their own words, reading follows quickly.
The children work with increasingly more challenging materials.
As they progress with their reading, the focus turns to comprehension
and grammar. With the development of language, children develop
a greater ability to organize their thoughts and express their unique