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English learning Hacks
Strategy and Theory
Mother-Father-Siblings can teach kids to read at home without teachers!
Phonetics works - instead of sight words
Logic, Rules based - made easy
Speak to Your Kids
Read to Your Kids
- Enthusiastic Moms matter!
Start by exposing your child to letters and words at an early age. Take regular trips to the library and check out lots of books to share with your little one. Expose your child to the alphabet with tools such as flashcards, posters and puzzles. Sing the alphabet song together and point out letters in everyday life. Once your child learns the alphabet, begin teaching letter sounds. Read books together every single day and point out the letters. Take turns reading sentences and give lots of positive feedback. It is so important to be patient and provide lots of encouragement. Remember, practice makes perfect!
Helping Toddlers read by KG and Montessori methods
Don't start TOO EARLY. In the Montessori classroom, by the age of 4, children are developmentally ready and eager to begin the preparation for reading. By age of 5 most are reading picture books quite well, while public school kids are starting KG, and many don't learn to read by 1st grade - a clear cut 2 year lead is common.
1a. A strong foundation in write phonics. This multi-sensory approach is unique in that it has children WRITING to building words (encoding) before actually reading them (decoding). Developmentally appropriate activities allow children to build their own understanding of how sounds are represented by symbols, and these symbols are joined together to form words. Along with learning the sounds and tracing their symbols with the sandpaper letters, students simultaneously learn to hold a pencil and control its use with the insets for design.
1b. Manipulatives to move phonetic symbols around! Idea = use touch screens - IPads! When children have learned the phonetic sounds, they are ready to begin word building with the moveable alphabet. They begin by building to two or three letter phonetic words (those in which all the letters make their most common sound, like dog, pig, ram, bat, etc.). In order to allow the children to work independently, they are given small phonetic objects which represent the words they are to build. Later, pictures of phonetic words can be introduced for variety and additional practice in word building.
Reading Cards and Pictures. After the child has mastered two and three letter word building, he or she can begin matching reading cards with the objects and later pictures, and also begin working on building four or more letter phonetic words. After these are mastered, the child can match four or more letter words with corresponding objects and pictures, in a variety of formats.
Phrases to Full sentences At this time the child can begin to read phonetic phrases and sentences, and match them with pictures.
Comprehension based on visualization - still simple phonemes Specially prepared phonetic books are then introduced. The key to comprehension is visualization, and in the Montessori approach to reading, children have lots of practice developing this skill. Visualization is an essential component of the grammar activities where an understanding of the function of words is developed through the use of manipulative activities. Working with these activities gives children further practice in reading and comprehension through visualization.
Introducing to phonograms - combo phonemes It is only after children have mastered the phonetic sounds of letters, that they are introduced to the phonograms, sounds represented by combinations of letters like "sh" and "ph", long vowel sounds, and other less common pronunciations of letters. Once the teacher has introduced a new sound, the children can work independently to master the sound in words.
Carefully selected beautiful books After mastering the phonograms, children's interest will lead them to read any book they wish. We strive with young children to give them beautifully illustrated books about the real world.
Whole language, or learning to read for meaning and using context clues.
Maintain Variety - keep it interesting! There are also many reading activities related to science, geography, history and many other topics of special interest, as well as further experiential grammar activities, which the children greatly enjoy.
- Overview of the Montessori Reading Program
- Five Montessori Secrets for Literacy - LePort Montessori Schools
- Montessori Method: Teaching Reading and Literacy
- Teaching Reading and Writing with Montessori | Guidepost Montessori