Language is communication. At the beginning the child learns by absorption. No one teaches the child how to speak the language of his culture, with the special dialects of his people and his region. He absorbs it, with all the idioms and with the particular pronunciation of those around him. It consists of verbal skills, visual perception, and small muscle coordination. Therefore, we begin with games in listening, training the hand with the metal insets and puzzles, and familiarizing the child with the symbols of the alphabet through the sandpaper letters. The sensitive period for writing (composing words) generally occurs between 3 and a half and 4 and a half, and development in this area leads directly into the sensitive period for reading between age 4 and 5. A complete reading system is available to the children. Through the use of this system, children gain an understanding that separate sounds can be blended together to make words. Even the learning of reading incorporates movement, from the tracing of sandpaper letters, to manipulating the letters of the movable alphabet to form words. These children love to read and are ready to expand their knowledge to sight vocabulary and later on into creative writing.
Oral Language Activities

  • Stories
  • Book corner
  • Poems and rhymes
  • Jingles, finger plays, songs
  • Greeting people
  • Informal conversations
  • Group discussions
  • "Question games"
  • Analyze picture and tell story
  • Draw picture and write or dictate story
  • Visual and auditory discrimination
  • Classification
  • Vocabulary enrichment
  • Sequencing
  • "I Spy" games (hearing sounds in words)
Preparation for Writing and Reading
  • Letter/sound association
  • Initial sound in words
  • Composing words and sentences (use of invented spelling)
  • Tracing shapes for refinement of pencil grip
  • Formation of letters
  • Upper/lower case differentiation
  • Refine encoding process (composing words)
  • Phonograms
  • Sight words
  • Decoding words in isolation
  • Reading phrases, sentences
  • Primers
  • Literature/Poetry/Authors
  • Reading for fluency and comprehension
  • Punctuation
  • Dictionary usage
  • Noun
  • Article
  • Adjective
  • Conjunction
  • Preposition
  • Verb
  • Adverb


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