Montessori Language

Fourth Great Lesson: The Story of Writing | Complete Script

Fourth Great Lesson: The Story of Writing | Complete Script

The Fourth Great Lesson in Montessori education narrates humanity’s transition from oral to written communication through three vignettes. From the first cave paintings to cuneiform. This foundational story connects with children, aiding them in understanding language’s evolution and its role in human progress, setting the stage for subsequent lessons in the Montessori Elementary curriculum.

Reading Program Q&A

Reading Program Q&A

I get a fair number of email questions and I spend a lot of time in these one-on-one messages crafting a meaningful response. I like being helpful, but the big downside is that only one person ever sees the response, even though many people may have the same question.  I’ve gathered up some of the…

May 2023 Q&A – Literature in the Classroom

May 2023 Q&A – Literature in the Classroom

Do you have any suggestions on how to curate literature for children? And how to build literacy through them? Do you use reading comprehension questions/writing exercises?

What are your thoughts about movies in the classroom?

Is your reading program is suitable for parents with children in conventional school? Would this be conflicting or confusing for the child?

How do you use the Geography Charts?

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Teach from Speech to Print

Teach from Speech to Print

By the age of six, children know around 15,000 words; that’s the same number of words Shakespeare used in all of his collected works. Let’s take a moment to really appreciate this achievement. Each of these words is just a different combination of 44 individual sounds with such subtle differences as ‘pen’ and ‘pin’. The…

A Brutally Honest Review of Montessori Reading Programs

A Brutally Honest Review of Montessori Reading Programs

Maria Montessori developed a revolutionary way to teach very young children to read, it is this aspect of her method that initially brought her to fame. Her method aligned with the now-studied science of reading so well, that modern research cites her as a pioneer in the field. An impressive legacy. Her reading program used…