The Montessori language materials are designed to support reading, writing, and vocabulary development at the child’s own pace. A child will be introduced to sound games and the sandpaper letters to begin to learn to distinguish the phonemes, or distinct sounds in a language, that make up words. Work with the metal insets helps to develop hand control and strength, but is often quite artistic. Children may begin to write letters in sand or on chalkboards before moving to paper.
They will be able to write their own words with the moveable alphabet and many begin reading.
The earlier work in practical life and the sensorial materials gives a child the hand strength and coordination that is necessary for a child to begin writing. It is another example of how the elements of a Montessori classroom work together to promote the overall growth and development of the child.