We don't often consider the importance of spoken language and the role it plays in learning to read and write. But the truth is, you can't write if you don't have something to say, and you can't read if you don't understand another person's spoken thoughts. Before you even consider things like the sound games, letter practice, or early readers, work on these four key conditions for a strong foundation in spoken language at home.
Learning to speak and communicate is hard-wired into our DNA, but reading is still a painfully meticulous process each of us has to learn on our own. The key to reading is an awareness that words are made of individual sounds, and then having the skill to analyze the individual sounds in a word. In the Montessori classroom, we turn this into a game!
Read on to learn how to play this at home.