Before children enter the early childhood classroom, they have an understanding of language and its usage. Children learn the oral language naturally. They automatically take it from their own environment. The work of the teacher is to expose children to the written language.
In order to simplify the children’s first experience with letters, they are first introduced to the phonetic sounds of the alphabet. Once children begin to have success with phonetic words, they are introduced to books and writing materials that further develop their skills and support an insatiable interest in reading and writing.
Our language curriculum uses a systematic approach to writing and reading that feeds the child’s innate excitement for and desire to communicate. There is lots of vocabulary and pre-literacy development in the early years that helps children quickly progress to writing and reading.
Individual presentation of language materials allows the teacher to take advantage of the children’s greatest periods of interest, individual readiness, and natural sensitivity for language development.
Other areas of the classroom like the practical life and sensorial areas refine the children’s auditory, oral, visual, and sensory motor skills, which are integral to the reading and writing process.