The importance of learning to read and write doesn’t need emphasis. The question is, what is the best way to learn to read and write? Montessori education has a proven track record by using indirect preparations along with phonics to develop the skills needed for reading and writing.
North American Montessori Center has an article on the development needed before a child is ready to read.
Montessori Language Activities at Home
The attractive language materials in the Beautiful Sun Montessori photo are part of a complete Montessori school curriculum. Remember, you don’t need to create a Montessori school at home. Find what works for you.
My posts on buying Montessori materials and finding free Montessori materials online have links to numerous language materials appropriate for use at home. My post on beginning sandpaper-letter activities and materials also has links for making some of your own language materials.
Language Activities and Links
Here are links to some pages with information about Montessori language activities:
Montessori Print Shop has a clear language overview – scope and sequence.
Montessori Primary Guide also has a thorough introduction to Montessori language activities, including oral language, written language, handwriting, reading, reading analysis, writing and reading, and cultural work related to language. There are also videos for introducing metal insets (pre-writing) and sandpaper letters.
Beautiful Sun Montessori has three photos and listings of the language materials shown on the shelves in the photos.
Montessori Mom has a section on reading readiness with links (in the left sidebar) to individual reading activities beginning with the movable alphabet.
Montessori for Everyone has photos and descriptions of their Montessori homeschool language curriculum.
I have a category of posts of language activities.
Have you found a Montessori-based language activity that’s worked well for your child?