Throughout the Montessori classroom, language is constantly heard and expressed in a multitude of ways. Materials and activities in all curriculum areas are designed to develop and refine the sensory‐motor skills necessary for reading and writing. Learning the letter sounds phonetically, rather than by name, leads children organically into reading, while tracing sandpaper letter shapes begins the natural progression into handwriting. Children utilize self‐correcting materials as they progress from the visual, concrete task of letter/sound association to the more abstract concept of grammar and story development.
Due to the multiage environment of a Montessori classroom and the wide range of ability levels that come with that, children in KEP are assigned to reading groups where they work with a teacher to explore the Language curriculum at their own pace.