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The Fourth Great Lesson The Invention of the Written Language is how we introduce first year students to language In this is story the origin of our alphabet is told starting with cave paintings and ending with the 26 letter English alphabet we know and use today We teach this story not only to give a sense of the history of the alphabet but also to instill a sense of gratitude for all the effort those before us made so that we could have these 26 letters Afterwards large lesson a story called The Piece of Paper That Could See and Speak is told to the children The purpose of this story is to help the children to see just how powerful and important the written language is to conveying their messages After these two stories the children are now excited about language and are ready for continuing lessons to help develop their reading and writing skills Now let us delve deeper into each reading level and strand to gain a better understanding of the Montessori approach to languagePre-readers are working on the sounds words make They know to read from left to right and that the words they are reading or trying to read have meaning The oral language lessons throughout the reading levels are based on Blooms Taxonomy The goal of oral language lessons at this level is knowledge A simple story that is familiar to all the children such as the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears is told and then who what when where why and how type questions are asked Children then continue on to hand control and writing lessons The purpose of hand control and writing lessons at all levels is to prepare the children for writing and reading and to work on developing these skills The children at the pre-reading level are working
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