The ability to read, write, speak, listen, and understand starts at birth. These skills are considered the key to success in school and practical life. Researchers also agree that the time frame from birth to the age of 8 years is crucial for children’s development.
Although children learn primarily from their homes, preschool teachers also play an important role in laying the foundation for early literacy development. By exposing children to expanding vocabulary, knowledge, and experiences, the teachers at Montessori Kids Universe use a variety of fun and engaging strategies to develop literacy in the classroom.
Here are some literacy activities that are favorites in our classroom:
Reading aloud is one of the most important activities teachers and parents can do with children. In classrooms at Montessori Kids Universe, children gather in a circle while the teacher reads from a book holding it up so children can see and discuss the illustrations. The teachers also ask the children to make future predictions which enhances their understanding about how stories are structured.
Reading aloud builds many important foundation skills including introduction to new vocabulary, provides children with a model of fluent reader, and helps children gain an interest in what reading for pleasure is all about.
Nursery rhymes provide great opportunities for children to learn early language and vocabulary skills. The repetition of rhymes teaches children how phonics work and sharpens their memory capabilities. According to experts, children who know eight nursery rhymes by heart at the age of four are usually amongst the best readers and spellers by the time they reach grade 3.
Most importantly, rhymes are fun and considered a great group activity where even the shyest students become confident as they take part in singing, dancing, and acting with their fellow classmates.
Whether the stories are read from a book or told from the mind, children love to hear them. Good stories not only teach children new vocabulary but also enhances their emotions. Done correctly, this time should be interactive and allow children to take part by asking questions.
Usually, children talk more than they listen. However, by encouraging them to participate in storytelling sessions, they develop the habit of listening and become better listeners in the future.
Preschoolers at Montessori Kids Universe are surrounded by printed words. They are everywhere around the classroom – bulletin boards, cubicles, furniture, and materials are all labeled so children can learn to correspond spoken words to written ones.
Alphabet and numbers
Learning letters and numbers is crucial to the foundation of education for preschoolers. Through various activities and resources, children are taught to recognize and distinguish letters and numbers. In fact, every material found in the Montessori classroom is designed to be used in multiple ways over the months or years students spend in the classroom. Children don’t tire of the materials because the possibilities for learning are endless.
To see Montessori learning in action, check us out and schedule a tour at www. MontessoriKidsSugarLand.com.
manager January 16th, 2017
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As a parent, you want your child’s learning experience to be an enjoyable one. Montessori educators prefer real-life lessons over fantasy play and make believe. Some parents are concerned that this serious approach does not allow room for fun. This is untrue! The Montessori method of teaching provides high-quality education without sacrificing entertainment.
Montessori children have a large variety of options when it comes to learning activities. There are many prepared assignments for students to choose from. Children have free choice on what work they will complete in a day. This creates an empowering environment in which the child can learn what interests them the most.
Montessori style classrooms go against the traditional rows of desks found in a typical classroom. These rooms are designed to be stimulating and exciting. Students work on floor mats and large tables where they can spread out learning. Children move from area to area freely. This keeps things fresh and interesting. Allowing children to change-it-up often prevents boredom and promises deeper absorption of information.
Many Montessori schools provide extra learning activities in addition to their regular day-to-day education. Most Montessori educators teach as generalists, meaning that they are qualified to teach all subjects of the curriculum. Many schools also provide “specialists” in subjects such as art, dance, music, foreign language, and science. This allows children to further explore their interests and develop their sense of self.
Montessori classes generally have a 3-year age range between children. Older children are mentors for the younger, creating a brother-sister environment. This teaches respect for your peers and encourages friendship. Montessori students have the same teacher, classroom, and classmates for three years. This supplies security and structure ensuring that children are comfortable in the learning environment.
Montessori education provides high quality learning as well a fun filled environment. When children enjoy their work, their ability to grow and reach the next level increases with each lesson. Parents seeking education for their children need look no further than a Montessori school.
Admn October 7th, 2016
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