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Because our classrooms are multi-age,
younger students are constantly exposed to the older children
in the class who are already reading. The total environment of
the Primary classes (3 to 6 years-old) tends to create and reinforce
in our young children a spontaneous interest in learning how to
read. We begin to teach reading as soon as that interest is first
expressed. Younger students recognize the shape and phonetic sounds
of the alphabet through the sandpaper letters: a tactile alphabet.
Using a total exposure approach,
we help the youngest children to develop a highly sophisticated
vocabulary and command of the language. Children are taught to
listen and recognize the individual phonetic sounds in words.
Children are introduced to literature by reading aloud and discussing
a wide range of classic stories and poetry.
Reading is teaching the concept that
written words are thoughts set down on paper. Sounding out simple
three or four-letter phonetic words in the primary grades. Preliminary
exercises to practice reading and to gain the concept of a noun
are done by labeling objects with written name-tags.
Children read specially selected
or prepared small books on topics of their interest, such as in
science, geography, nature or history. Reading for comprehension
at different levels of difficulty, begins in the early elementary
grades and continues until high school graduation. Library and
reference books are used on a daily basis for both research and
pleasure. Students are introduced to the world's classical children's
Young children practice making letters
from the time of their first initial at age 3 or 4 years. Moveable
Alphabet made up of easily manipulated plastic letters is used
for the early stages of phonetic word creation, the analysis of
words, and spelling. Age 4-6.
1. Tracing letters into sand
2. Writing on special tilted, upright blackboards: unlined, wide-lined,
3. Writing on special writing tablets, becoming comfortable with
4. Cursive writing. Around age 5
5. Word processing. Around age 5
6. Calligraphy. Around age 10