Language Development - children's love of language!
As a Children’s House we support parents to encourage their children to have a love of language. We actively promote a love of words, stories and reading as central to our learning and development plan.
Montessori Language Curriculum
The ‘Communication Skills’ curriculum area aims to develop the four aspects of language:
1) Oral expression, that is, self-expression through the spoken word.
2) Aural ability, that is, listening skills.
3) Writing, that is, self-expression through the written word.
Development of oral expression is achieved through story-telling, songs, poems, drama, vocabulary building, contributing ideas and expressing logical thought. New language is introduced with every activity.
Development of aural ability is achieved through news, response and sounds games e.g. I Spy, sounds in the environment and music.
Development of writing is achieved through early mark making leading to the correct formation of letters; correct positioning of letters, creative writing, spelling and grammar.
Development of reading is based on a progression from phonics to a variety of reading strategies focussed around fluency, meaning, interpretation, speed and enjoyment. Reading with your children, giving books and visiting the library all support this important area.